Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The World’s Bluest Ocean is in Senggigi


Sengiggi could not be real. How could an ocean that blue exist?

After experiencing hordes of tourist crowds in Kuta and Ubud, I was thirsting to get off the beaten path. There are definitely isolated areas to explore in Bali, but due to my schedule, I had to leave for Lombok.

Lombok, the island east of Bali, has far fewer tourists than its western neighbor.  But with rampant development, that likely won’t be the case for long.

I had two full days before my Nusa Tenggara cruise (that ended in shipwreck — FUN!), so I decided to spend them in Senggigi, a beach town on Lombok’s west coast.

It didn’t start out well at first. It was gray and drizzly.  Lodging was much more expensive than I had anticipated.  And a Dutch guy I met on the ferry convinced me to try out a guesthouse that reportedly had a pet monkey.  (It didn’t.)

So, in choosing to check out the guesthouse, I found myself several kilometers south of town and far from any WiFi, free or otherwise. (Is it a problem for most people?  Yes.  Is it a problem for a girl who works online?  MORE THAN YOU KNOW.)

Kate, why on Earth did you agree to check out guesthouses with him? I asked myself.  You just met this guy.  Sure, he’s a nice person, but you’re never going to see him again.  You could have said thanks, but no thanks.

Once again, I found myself in a position where I often find myself at home — not being honest because I want to be nice.

So my first day in Senggigi wasn’t that exciting — I took a cab to town and worked all evening as the rain poured down.  I figured I’d spend the next day doing the same thing.

Then, the next morning, I woke up to THIS.

Being so far south of town had actually turned out to be the best decision possible. This beach was virtually abandoned — and it was spectacular.  Never have I ever seen an ocean this blue.

The only other people around were locals — primarily fishermen.

After the trash and tourism of Kuta, to sit back on an absolutely beautiful and empty beach was nothing short of transforming.

The ocean was pretty wild, too — the beach sloped down sharply into the water.  This made getting in and out quite difficult — and almost gave me vertigo when looking at the slanted shore!

The day was spent lounging in the sun, swimming in the ocean, taking long walks down the beach, and, um, sneaking into the pool at the super-fancy Jayakarta Hotel about a kilometer away.

There are so many beaches that I love in Southeast Asia…this abandoned stretch of slate-grey sand south of Sengiggi is one of the best.


16 Responses to “The World’s Bluest Ocean is in Senggigi”
  1. Jeremy B says:

    Beautiful beach! Some of the best moments and experiences tend to be some of these unplanned ones! Whatever happened to the Dutch guy? 🙂

  2. Patricia GW says:

    Gorgeous beach, you must miss it already! I know what you mean about not being honest for the sake of being nice, it’s something I struggle with as well. It looks like it ended up being a blessing in disguise, for such a beautiful leg of your jaunt 🙂

  3. Mica says:

    Looks amazing! I love deserted beaches….If you think this ocean is blue, head to the Caribbean…The beach on Grand Cayman Island looked fake, I swear!

  4. Sheryll says:

    Gorgeous! Makes me want to go to the beach right now!

  5. “. . .not being honest because I want to be nice.” Hate this, why do we do this to ourselves?

    At least it seems this time it turned out for the best! The beach is amazing and inviting. Glad it all worked out.

  6. Such a fan of Lombok… I totally enjoyed my time there. And yes, beaches are amazing.
    Glad to see it left a mark with you too.

    Stay adventurous,

  7. I love it. Then again, I’m used to dirty rivers, so any ocean seems really blue to me 🙂

  8. Claire says:

    It’s always great when the decisions we think were crappy at first, turn out to be the best ever 😉 Great pics!

  9. Katie says:

    What a gorgeous beach! That’s the type I like to refer to as “screen- saver worthy”. I was able to take a trip to USVI and St.Martin last year and I will never forget the turquoise colored water; it was amazing! And I totally understand being nice to not make people feel bad. That’s probably why I came home with about 15 shell necklaces and a variety of other souvenirs I couldn’t say no too! Looks like you ended up having a great trip!

  10. Oliver says:

    It’s really beautiful …

  11. Romana says:

    I’m enjoying a beautiful view of a blue sea from my guesthouse balcony in Amed, Bali… today the rain has spoiled a bit my plans, but with this view I don’t mind staying in the balcony blogging and catching up on emails 🙂

  12. ylin42 says:

    Hope you don’t mind if I ask a question unrelated to this post here.

    When you’re out and about for the day, do you bring your passport with you, or do you leave it at the guesthouse? What do you do with your valuables when you’re going somewhere like the beach, where you can’t have everything on your person?


  13. What a great view to wake up to! I have been at some great ocean spots in Florida but nothing a beautiful as this. i guess it also helps that is was secluded as well. Having that blue beach to yourself must have been great.

  14. Dani says:

    It’s great that you were a little south of Senggigi, because the actual beaches in Senggigi are pretty dirty, crowded and not that great. I’ve found the smaller beaches away from town were WAY nicer.

    Makes me miss Indonesia so bad!

  15. emuhib says:

    As Indonesian original, I like to read a story that is told by person who came here from around the world. and sure, after reading your story, I feel regret why we did not meet each other the day you come here. we can spend a cup of coffee while I will show and tell you more everything here.

    Thanks for coming Indonesia. May you get an eternal happy day….

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