Tanjung is a developing tourist destination on mainland Lombok. There are currently five resort style hotels in the area including Lombok's most prestigious resort, The Oberoi Lombok at Medana Beach. The Kosaido Golf Club is located on the nearby Sire Peninsula. The Medana Bay Marina provides modern mooring and anchorage services to the area. Tanjung is also the administrative capital of the new North Lombok Regency and so the township has a growing regional administrative sector with offices and support services. There is also a traditional produce market and a small regional public public transport hub in the town.
Tanjung is traversed by a single two lane road that follows the west coast of the island from south of Ampenan and continues northward to circumnavigate Mount Rinjani in the north of Lombok and then traverses the greater part of the east coast toward the south.
Lombok International Airport, (IATA: LOP) is south west of Praya in south central Lombok. This new international airport will provide facilities for wide bodied aircraft and more modern terminal facilities and cargo facilities.
Please see the main Lombok article for more details on the new international airport and connecting services to the Tanjung area.
The established hotels and resorts of the Tanjung area may offer pick up transfers to and from the airport. You will need to enquire at the hotels for this service and ensure you book ahead.
Some visitors travelling from nearby Bali prefer the option of taking a fast boat across from Bali direct to the Gili Islands, or to west coast tourism centre of Senggigi further to the south. Travel agents or the operators can normally assist with any necessary transfers.
If you are frugal or intrepid and take the slow ferry from Bali, it's best to arrange transport in advance from the ferry dock at Lembar to Tanjung. Travel agents on Bali offer transport from any point in South Bali to Tanjung, including the ferry ticket.
The newly established Marina at Medana Bay has 25 mooring buoys in more than 5m of water for 35-45ft vessels and anchorage space for another 20 vessels.
The marina facilities were established in 2009. Soon after opening the facility hosted over 90 yachts during the September 2009 Sail Indonesia event.
In late July 2010 participants of Sail Indonesia – Sail Banda 2010 set sail from Darwin Sailing Club in northern Australia. After congregating in Labuhan Bajo on the western tip of Flores in early September 2010 they travelled on to Medana Bay on the north-western coast of Lombok prior to moving on to Bali and Kalimantan. Medana Bay was an official stop-over on the 2010 and 2011 itineraries and is expected to be included again in the coming events.
The mooring basin is centred on 08°21.833’S and 116°07.750’E with an approach transit point almost due north at 08°20.432’S and 116°07.685’E. A current Sea Chart and sea approach tracks are available on the Marina's website . Medana Bay is sometimes called Teluk Dalam, meaning Deep Bay.
Bemos can be hailed down for short trips around the Tanjung area or further on to Bangsal and other destinations along the coast. Fares are inexpensive.
If travelling to Bangsal in a bemo, be aware that they do not call at Bangsal itself, but stop in nearby Pemenang, from where you can walk or ride a cidomo (horse cart) to Bangsal Harbour
Prices vary at times so try and watch what local customers are paying for a similar distance to your own and if really in doubt just include Rp 1,000-2,000 extra. If 'chartering' an empty Bemo to a particular destination, be careful to clarify the exact amount of payment required prior to getting on board. Bemos operate on the main coastal road, and at times may travel into some of the nearby kampungs and beach areas.
Many Bemo drivers are reluctant to venture further up the west coast than the northern end of Mangsit just north of Senggigi, as the passenger densities drop dramatically from there on. If you are travelling up the west coast from Ampenan or Senggigi toward Tangung the driver may want to turn back at some point if he does not have sufficient passengers.
Make sure you plan well for any trips around the area using public transport and ensure you have a means to contact a taxi service to return to your hotel should your travel plans become disrupted in the later hours of the afternoon or evening.
Bemos have normally stopped running by dusk on the west coast of Lombok.
Bluebird is the most common taxi available in the Tanjung area. Both the Bluebird and white coloured Express Taksi have a radio despatch system and both companies cars are equiped with meters which should be used by their drivers at all times. Although there are not normally a lot of taxis present this far north they do service this area. Taxis can be booked in advance either by calling them yourself or by booking through your hotel.
Expect to pay a daily rental rate of Rp 150,000-175,000 (low end mid-late 1980's Suzuki mini jeep-Jimmy) to Rp 400,000+ for a Toyota Kijang or Izuzu Panther.
It may be better to rent a car further to the south (for example in Senggigi) as there is a wider range of services available there. Otherwise enquire at your hotel. A car and driver is a sensible option unless you are familiar with driving in the region. Please see the main Lombok article article for more detailed information on driving in Lombok.
To hire a motorbike, expect to pay around Rp 50,000 (early 2010) for most models and possibly more in peak season when demand for rentals can be very high. As with cars, it may be better to rent a bike further to the south. Otherwise enquire at your hotel. Please see the main Lombok article article for more detailed information on driving in Lombok and ensure you obtain and use a helmet when riding a motor bike.
Prices are negotiable but a rule of thumb is Rp 5,000 Rupiah for a short trip with a local motorbike rider if the destination is nearby.
By horse cart
Horse-pulled carts, known as Cidomo, are very common in the Tanjung area. They are a good method of transportation for short distances e.g, from your hotel to the local market. Make sure to agree the price before the journey — Rp 10,000 is the maximum price to pay for a short journey.
Traditional fishing boats known as perahu ply the waters around Tanjung, and are instantly recognizable due to their outriggers: two lengths of extra large bamboo sealed at either end and attached to the hull by bars on both sides. As with a catamaran, these afford greater stability in heavy swells. They can also be chartered on the nearby beaches at Bangsal and Teluk Nare, either directly from owners (in which case some knowledge of Bahasa Indonesian or Bahasa Sasak will come in handy) or via a travel agent or local guide, who will of course take an often generous commission.
Speedboats and small charter vessels also link to Senggigi as an alternative to the road route. Speedboats also offer an alternative means of travel to the Gili islands. The majority of these are either based or land at Teluk Nare to the south of Bangsal and offer a more expensive alternative to the sometimes stressful process of chartering a traditional boat or using the public ferry from Bangsal. Speedboat charters are also available for sightseeing trips.
Traffic is relatively light and the Tangung area has quite level grades. Speeding trucks on Jalan Raya Tangung require special caution. Travel by bicycle is quite possible in this part of the island and provides a very different cultural experience to other means of transport. Please see Senggigi article for more detailed information.
Popular excursions that can be done in a day trip include:
Most of the tourism activities in Tanjung revolve around the resort areas at Sire beach and Medana, with diving, snorkelling, and hiking activities available. Tanjung is well situated for day trips to Mount Rinjani and Senaru, The Gilli Islands, and the north east coast. According to local legends two of the oldest villages on the island, Bayan and Sembalun, were founded by a prince of Majapahit. Both these villages are readily accessible and are nearby to the Tanjung area.
Traditional therapeutic massages and spa treatments are available in the hotels and local traditional masseurs are available.
Fishing and boat charters are available to explore the area along this part of the west coast of Lombok.
Nearby golf courses are a popular destination for many visitors and local golfers. The Sire Peninsula in Tanjung has an international 18 hole championship course.
Participate in a local Sasak community program in the Tanjung area by joining a locally run volunteer program or visiting one of the locally initiated community development projects. Several options are available for visitors involving coral regeneration, land management and rehabilitation, and agricultural development programs. Or you can just join with a group of local people, help out and join in with what-ever they are doing during their day. Specific skills are not a requirement for participation. Some visitors choose to go and live in a native village and help the women working in the fields. English language and skill teaching programs are encouraged and involve stays of around 3 weeks minimum. Opportunities are available for very short visits through to longer stays with integration into a more specific program. For a stay to experience and work in a hill village, a few days would be sufficient as a minimum to have time to adjust and settle in.
The Tanjung area is a quiet area and tourism activity is currently restricted to the Medana peninsular and parts of Sire Beach. There are not a lot of beach hawkers or tour guides touting for business on the beaches, other than at the nearby Bangsal area which serves as a departure and arrival point for much of the boat traffic going to and from the Gilli Islands.
There is a large public market area and many local shops in and about Tanjung selling local requirements from building supplies to food stuffs.
The hotels and resorts of the Tanjung area offer both Western and Indonesian style cuisine with wine and drink service in a hotel/resort setting. There are limited eating venues catering to International tourists in the Tanjung area other than within the larger established hotels and resorts of the area. The more intrepid visitor may like to set forth and try some of the small local eating houses many of which are located along the main highway passing through the Tanjung district. Otherwise a trip to Senggigi to the south may be required to access a wider range of venues catering to local and international tourists.
The Tanjung area does not currently offer any Mid range accommodations and the choice of budget are almost all on the Gili Islands, at Senaru on the slopes of Mount Rinjani or southward toward the Senggigi area