Mangsit Beach is located about 10kms north of Senggigi which is about an hour north of Mataram and a less developed quieter place to stay. The accommodation is of an excellent standard although it is not the international standard that is offered in Senggigi. There are plenty of really nice bungalow resorts situated right on the beach that start at around $10 a night and offer a really chilled out serine vibe without the kind of development that has happened in Senggigi. However the dinning in Mangsit is not the same standard as in Senggigi apart from at some of the better resorts in the area which is no problem as it is worth taking the small drive into Senggigi to dine at one of the marvelous restaurants but still benefit from the quieter and substantially cheaper accommodation. A recommended place for those who are on a budget is Santai beach resort which is traditional style bungalows with garden toilets and showers and hammocks outside the bamboo rooms. These rooms are well spread and angled within a beautiful garden so that you are hardly aware of the other people staying in the area. The bungalows could not be any closer to the beach.
There are many activities available right on your doorstep which in this instance is the beach. The beach itself is very quiet with only ever a few people around although the beach does get busier the closer you move to Senggigi. On the beach right outside the Santai bungalows there is a shallow lagoon which is full of small colorful fish, large coral structures and some larger fish such as puffer fish and sometimes dolphins and turtles and is perfect for snorkeling. It is possible to rent the equipment for snorkeling from most of the beach resorts here otherwise you can agree a price with the locals on the beach. A reasonable price for just a mask and the snorkel for one hour is 20 – 30 thousand although any larger tips will be greatly appreciated as the locals here are poorer that those in Bali. There is also a left hand surf break that breaks over the reef right next to the sea wall, this is a mellow wave unless the swell is large although be aware of the shallow reef underfoot.
Mangsit is an excellent place to stop off if you are on the way to or from the Gili islands and due to its proximity to Senggigi it is one of the only places in Lombok other than the Gili islands and to a lesser extent Kuta Lombok in the south where you can get a proper tourism scene with western food and service of a very high quality. Around the rest of the island you may find it very difficult to get these kinds of facilities. It is possible to reach this area by the fast boat that sets of from Benoa Harbour and lands in Senggigi and is relatively inexpensive and far quicker and more comfortable then the public boat.