Where to dive and What to do Senggigi
When Senggigi is mentioned, what comes to your mind first would be the beautiful sandy beach that gives you the peace of mind. Well, Senggigi is one of the main tourist destinations in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
If you think it is hard to reach this place, actually it is not as difficult as you think. From the island’s capital Mataram, it takes only 15-20 minutes by taxi. Both airport and metered taxis are avaialble for the connection from the airport. However, airport taxi are only for passengers arriving at the airport and requiring transport to some places of interest across the island. Airport taxis cannot take you to the airport when leaving the island.
Alternatively, you can reach Senggigi by airport bus. There is a public bus from Lombok International Airport that serves passangers who travel to and from either Mataram or Senggigi. The 8 DAMRI buses are air conditioned and have a capacity of 40 passengers. Moreover, the DAMRI buses also leave the Mandalika terminal every hour and continues to the airport. The bus starts departing at 04.00, while the last bus leaves at 19.00. If you want to experience something different, you can take a small public transport called bemo. A public demo can be seen inside the parking area of Ampenan Market and it only cost you Rp. 5.000,- (excluding extra charges for the luggage you carry).
For divers, Senggigi is one of the famous paradises. If you are wondering where to find diving centers in Senggigi, here they are:
- Blue Marlin Dive
Blue Marlin has several branches in this island and considered as one of the best diving centers in Senggigi. This center is a 5 star diving operator that committs to providing the best quality of service and prioritizing the safety and the comfort for divers. Blue Marlin also offers diving course ranging from courses for beginners to diving masters. The instructors are PADI certified, so you know that you are in the right hand. There are some services this center can offer, whether you travel by yourself or in group with friends or families. If you prefer packages that include accommodation, Blue Marlin can happily do that for you.
- Blue Coral Diving
Another top diving center in Senggigi. Set up in 1993, this center is the first PADI resort member in the island of Lombok.
There are lots of activities you can do here. For those who have never dived before but want to learn how it feels to be under water, you can take the introductory dive course for Rp. 1.100.000,-. For the dive masters who want to improve their skills, there are some courses available, from open water course (Rp. 3.600.000,-) to PADI Dive master course for a professional diver (Rp. 7.700.000,-).
This center offers tour to explore the enchanting dive sites around the Gilis island and Lombok. For 2 dives, the price is Rp. 700.000,-, 3 dives is Rp. 850.000,- and 2 dives plus 1 night dive is Rp. 900.000,-. There is also snorkeling trips available which cost Rp. 150.000,-. The prices include equipments, transportation from hotel (at Senggigi area) to dive sites, dive master or guide and mineral water (lunch is excluded).
Actually, Senggigi is not only about diving and a fascinating beach. There is also a Hindu temple overlooking Senggigi beach, named Batu Bolong (batu means rock, bolong means hole). You can watch one of the most wonderful sunsets there. Besides diving and snorkelling, kayaking, trekking and biking are some activities you can do in this amazing place.