The taxi price list at Bangsal Harbour Lombok Indonesia
Going from Bangsal to Senaru by Private Car
The other option to get to Senaru is by hiring a private driver with his/her own vehicle. The advantage of getting a private car is that you can haggle down the price, which is usually cheaper than the taxi rate.
This is what we paid our driver: 200,00 Rupiah
The disadvantage of getting a private car is that you have to manage the pesky touts that are offering you the private cars.
Finding a private car to hire is not a problem. As soon as you get off the boat, there will be a number of touts who will ask you if you need a ride. This is where your negotiation skills and patience will be put to the test. The touts’ behavior can be overwhelming. If this is something you don’t enjoy handling, then you’re better off just going to the taxi parking lot and getting a cab.
In our case, we are used to negotiating with touts. And we finally talked to a guy who could speak perfect English who gave us a good price to Senaru in his new vehicle.
4. Once you have found a driver, tell him which hotel/guesthouse you are staying at.
Book your room in Senaru in advance!
Senaru is not really the kind of town where you can just show up and book accommodation right on the spot. This is mainly because room choices are limited especially during peak trekking season. So if you choose to be spontaneous, you might end up in a room you don’t like.
In addition, if you already have a place to stay, your driver would know where to drop you off. And trust us, you wouldn’t want to be just drop off in the middle of nowhere in Senaru, the place can give off a ghost town vibe with steep hills to climb.
5. Pay your driver once you reach your location.
Where We Stayed in Senaru
Senaru’s mountain vista is more than we could have hoped for. And we were treated to the best vistas mainly because of where we stayed. My travel partner, Josh, found this boutique resort on www.agoda.com. I just want to add that Josh is a genius at finding quality hotels that suit our needs and budget. And so he found this real gem of a resort called Rinjani Lodge.