This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Senggigi. To help you make friends with Senggigi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
There is one main street along all of Senggigi and here you will find everything you need. From the twenty-four-hour supermarket, restaurants serving a variety of foods from around the world, pharmacies, and all Senggigi accommodation including your Senggigi hostels, the main strip in Senggigi has you covered. There is also a large number of tour companies buzzing up and down the streets offering tours via boat to the Komodo National Park; hikes up to the summit of Mt. Rinjani for those who are adventurous; and boats connecting over to the Gili Islands for those who are keen to kick back at the beach, go for a dive, and take it all in. For those coming back from a hiking trek too, there is a massage place in town -- make sure you choose a reputable one to not wind up with a surprise "happy ending."
Senggigi also has a beach off the main strip, and while at times it can be quite beautiful, don't count on swimming in it as the locals have a bad habit of littering into the water and so quite a large amount of rubbish floats around the area. Other beaches just out of town may be better, so if you are keen on a swim then maybe ask one of the tour operators, as they are super helpful and friendly even if you aren't buying a tour from them.
One of the biggest drawcards to Senggigi is its people. They are some of the friendliest locals you can meet on your journey through Indonesia and are always happy to help you or just for a chat. So while you're checking things out up and down the streets, say hi! Who knows what you may learn?!
Written by local enthusiast for Senggigi hostelsGlobetrotter