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Nusa Lembongan Getting in & out

  
 
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The only realistic way (although you can charter a helicopter to reach Nusa Lembongan) from Bali is by boat. There are several options according to budget and speed. Most of the scheduled services leave from Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah, and involve getting your feet wet. The exact departure and arrival point on this beach depends on the tide. Other services run from Benoa Harbour, and there are local public boat services to and from Padang Bai and Kusamba in East Bali, but these are not recommended for reasons of safety and comfort.

From Sanur Beach

Perama

A local transfers-only operator for the budget traveler. Boat departures daily at 10:30AM. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes and there is no same day return option. The Sanur office of Perama can be found at Warung Pojok in Jalan Hangtuah. Daily Perama buses depart from here to Ubud, Kuta, the airport, Padang Bai (for Lombok) and Amed. 

Public Boat (slow)

Departs daily from Sanur beach at 8AM and 10:30AM in front of the Ananda Hotel or near the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel (depending on tide). These boats can be a bit sketchy at times, and are usually very crowded. No same day return facility. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes. 

Public Speed Boat

+62 361 743 2344 , Departs daily from Sanur beach at 9AM, 12:30PM, 4PM and from Lembongan at 8AM, 10:30AM and 3PM daily. They also have a boat directly to Mushroom bay leaving Sanur at 2:30PM and return from Mushroom Bay at 1PM. Book in advance as limited seats are available also for the hotel transfers by Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Seminyak, legian, Ubud and uluwatu. Please confirm your trips prior to departure to, or from hotel. Crossing time is 30 minutes. 

Scoot Cruise

62 361 285 522 , Operates fast boats from Sanur Beach which take you to Jungut Batu. Hotel transfers are included. The tickets can be bought from the Scoot office next to Dunkin' Donuts in Jalan Hangtuah opposite the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, or on the beach near the departure point. Crossing takes 30-40 minutes. Departs Sanur 9:30AM, 1:30PM and 4PM. Departs Nusa Lembongan 8:30AM, 11:30AM and 3PM. 

Tamarind Jaya Express

62 361 8572572 , Speed boat service to and from Mushroom Bay taking 30-45 minutes from Sanur Beach near Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Scheduled departure from Sanur Beach at 11:30 AM and 3:30PM and departure from Mushroom Bay at 10AM and 2PM. Also offers day cruises. 

The Tanis Lembongan Express

62 361 743 2344 , Speed boat service to and from Mushroom Bay taking 25-35 minutes from Sanur Beach near Grand Bali Beach Hotel. Departure from Sanur Beach at noon and 4PM and departure from Mushroom Bay on Nusa Lembongan at 10:30AM and 3PM. Also offers surf safaris, day cruises and special charters to and from Padang Bai for Rp 900,000 one way.

From Benoa Harbour

BlueWater Safaris

62 361 723 479 , BlueWater Safaris has a high speed boat service from Bali International Marina at Benoa Harbour direct to Nusa Lembongan. This service continues on to the Gili Islands in Lombok, allowing visitors to island hop all the way from Bali to Lombok. The boats are high-powered, large capacity speed boats which cover the distance in less than 30 minutes in normal sea conditions. Departure time is 10AM from Bali to Lembongan, 11AM from Lembongan to Gili, 1:30PM from Gili to Lembongan, then 3:30PM from Lembongan to Bali. 

Bounty Cruises

62 361 443 765 , A high speed catamaran service which departs daily from Benoa Harbour at 9AM and from Nusa Lembongan at 3:15PM. If you have limited time, an option is to take a one day cruise to the Nusa Lembongan Bounty pontoon. On a twin-hull boat under sail you will reach the island within 90 minutes. Drinks and snacks are available on board. The trip includes water activities centred on the pontoon: banana boat, water slide, kayaking, snorkeling and glass bottom boat ride. You can take part in a Nusa Lembongan Village tour and visit a seaweed plantation and the Underground House. 

Island Explorer Cruises

62 361 728 088 , Offers transfer only by fast boat or by fast catamaran and a day cruise by a leisurely sailing yacht or by fast catamaran ("fun ship"). The fast boat (transfer only) departs from Benoa Harbour at 10:30 AM en returns from Nusa Lembongan at 12:30PM. The yacht (day cruise) departs from Benoa Harbour at 9AM and will be back at about 5PM. 

Lembongan Island Fast Boat

62 361 361 0840 , The fast boat (transfer only) departs from Benoa Harbour at 10:30AM and 3:30PM departs and from Nusa Lembongan at 9AM and 1:30PM.

From Nusa Penida

Neighbouring Nusa Penida is seldom visited, and almost always from Nusa Lembongan. It is though relatively straightforward to get between the islands.

Public boats

Piblic boats depart daily from Toyapakeh and sometimes Buyuk Harbour, both in northern Nusa Penida. Departure times are a bit of moveable feast. Ask around at the time, but about 6AM is a fairly reliable slot. They run to either Jungut Batu or the the estuary bank near the suspension bridge on Nusa Lembongan, depending on tide. These can be very over-crowded and a little worrying at times. As a visitor, expect to pay about Rp 50,000 each way. 

Charter boats

Charter boats are available, departing from and arriving at the same areas as public boats. Rates vary greatly but expect to pay Rp 300,000-500,000. Please ensure that the full price is absolutely clarified with the operator prior to boarding the boat.

Out

  • The vast majority of visitors leave the way they came in, i.e. back to Sanur and then on to elsewhere in Bali.
  • There is an option to continue eastwards to Lombok. BlueWater Safaris offers a daily Nusa Lembongan to Gili Islands and Lombok service, departing Jungut Batu at 11AM for Rp 590,000 one way. The trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • For the adventurous, a side trip to Nusa Penida island will get you well off the beaten path.
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