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.