Kerangdangan Beach is one of the major draws in the beautiful island of Lombok in Indonesia. Kerangdangan is a wide and peaceful bay located in the northern side of Senggigi town, the island’s leading tourist joint. Visitors to Kerangdangan Beach will no doubt enjoy the sun, sand and amazing sunsets.
In Lombok, Senggigi is popular for its west-facing beaches and other tourist attractions. The beauty and allure of Lombok Island can easily rival those of its popular neighbor-island, Bali. Sadly, however, Lombok has been plagued by many political problems, religious conflicts and natural disasters. Its tourism has only really taken off after 2000. In the 1980s and 1990s, not many people outside Indonesia had heard about Lombok. Today, Lombok is steadily rising as a major summer destination in Asia, and the island has a lot to thank Senggigi for. The island’s major hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, dive sites, and beaches are found in Senggigi.
A chain of hotels, restaurants and shops along a sweeping beach are found in Mangsit in the northern portion of Senggigi. There is so much going on in Mangsit, especially because it is the gateway to the island’s two major attractions: the paradisiacal Gili Islands and the looming Mount Rinjani. The southern side of Senggigi is also alive with cafés, karaoke bars, amazing nightlife, resorts and hotels. This area is called Batu Bolong and this is where most expats and long-term vacationers stay.
Locals and expats typically spend their Sunday afternoons on Kerangdangan Beach. Families simply walk around, hang out, meet people, and watch the waves while reclining on the sand. Some take a swim, which is always a refreshing thing to do in this hot and humid island, and eat authentic Lombok snacks and dishes at the beachfront warungs (small shop or café). There are two restaurants in the area and one of them is Coco Beach restaurant, located towards the northern end of the beach. It is popular for its Indonesian dishes, European cuisine and ice cold beer.
Another beach in the area is the Senggigi Beach. Located in the central portion of the region, not many people come here because it is not as spectacular. The beach is also almost always littered with pieces of trash and there are many local hawkers. Yet sunsets on Senggigi Beach are very picturesque.
To get to Kerangdangan Beach in Senggigi from the capital city of Mataram, one may take a metered taxi or a bemo (minivan), which is the island’s most common form of transport. Senggigi is only about 15-20 minutes away. From the airport, fix-priced taxis run to downtown Senggigi for Rp 57,500. When deciding to take the bemo from near the airport, one has to take a ride to Ampenan market for about Rp 2,500 and then another bemo to the coast of Senggigi for Rp 5,000. Some tourists coming from Bali hop directly to Senggigi and the Gili Islands on fast boats without needing to pass through Mataram. Boat fare from South Bali to Senggigi is about Rp 140,000. For a cheaper ride, there are traditional perahu outrigger boats that regularly make the Bali-Senggigi-Gili Islands route. They are much slower, though.
While in Kerangdangan Beach, tourists could consider renting a bicycle for a leisurely ride along its long coastline. There are also several rental cars and motorcycles to help anyone get around Senggigi and check out the region’s local attractions. Car rental is about Rp 150,000-Rp 450,000 depending on car model and year, while motorbike rental is about Rp 50,000.