One of the popular tourist islands of Lombuk, Beach Senggigi is known for its endless coastlines and beautiful beaches, ideal for the adventurous traveller. In addition to its breathtaking scenery, it is also home to one of the historically significant temples in Indonesia, the Pura Batu Balong temple. Situated along the rocky volcanic outcrops of Central Senggigi, this modern Balinese temple is home to a number of small pagodas, providing great insight to the culture of the Balinese people. Batu Balong literally means “rock with hole”, which is aptly named when considering its unique location. Located above a rock that has a natural hole in the middle, the temple is of great importance to the followers, as its establishment is accompanied with many ancient legacies and myths.
One of the legends connected to the temple relates to the story of Dang Hynag Dwijenda, a priest from East Java, who had a major influence in the development of Hinduism in Lombok and Bali. According to the stories, the priest is said to have stopped at the temple in his spiritual journey, inspiring those in the region to follow his footsteps. Another legacy states that a woman flung herself into the depths of the sea, due to a broken heart. A more popular legacy declares that during the early years, there were countless ceremonies held to sacrifice virgins as gifts of food to the sharks that live on the beach.
Having its own unique beauty, the Pura Batu Balong temple is often visited by families, who come here to cool off and have picnics with their love ones on the beach. For the passionate shutterbug, a visit to the temple will be the ideal choice for capturing picture-perfect moments. One of the many things the traveller can witness is the majestic view of Mount Agung. Towering amidst the backdrop of blue skies, Mount Agung provides a spiritual sentiment to the temple, complementing the peace and serenity of the area. Directly facing the Straits of Lombok, the temple was also strategically built to face Mount Agung, deemed as one of the holiest mountains in Indonesia. A favoured spot to watch the sunset, the temple is regularly visited for its spectacular sunset views. Watch the sinking sun disappear into the bulbous clouds, whilst the skies change into the dusky hues of the evening. When night seeps in and everything is still except the flickering of the stars, travellers can sit back in solitude and listen to the sounds of the waves.