Sunday, June 28, 2009

Getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali

It is a relatively short ride across the channel from Bali to Nusa Lembongan and there are several scheduled boat services now plying the route. It can be a little confusing for first timers and I hope this article proves useful in explaining the various transfer options available.

Getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali
Most of the scheduled boat services (fast and slow) depart from Sanur beach in Bali at the end of Jalan Hangtuah. Most taxi drivers will know where this is. If in doubt, ask to go to Sanur Beach close to the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel. The prices and schedules given are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We strongly recommend though that you check as these are subject to quite regular change.

Scoot Fast Boat

Tel: +62 (0) 361 285522.

Leaves from Sanur beach. Scoot operates fast comfortable boats which take you to Jungut Batu for US$45.00 return (adults). Hotel vehicle transfers are included. The tickets can be bought from the Scoot office next to Dunkin' Donuts in Jalan Hangtuah, Sanur or on the beach near the departure point. The crossing is 30 to 40 minutes. The service departs Sanur daily at 9.30am, 1.30pm & 4.00 pm and departs from Nusa Lembongan at 8.30am, 11.30am & 3.00 pm.

Scoot boat from Bali to Nusa Lembongan
Scoot is the service used most often by the writers of this blog.

Blue Water Safaris (BWS)

Tel: +62 (0) 361 723479.

Blue Water Safari boat to Nusa Lembongan
BWS operates a daily fast boat service out of Benoa Harbour (NOT Sanur) to Nusa Lembongan and also offers a very useful direct connection to the Gili Islands in neighbouring Lombok. The crossing to Lembongan takes about 30 minutes and costs IDR 325,000 one way including hotel transfers.


Perama is a local transport operator aimed at the budget traveller. It has almost cult status amongst back-packer visitors to Indonesia, plying it services across the vast archipelago for very reasonable prices. There is no same day return option to Nusa Lembongan. Fare is IDR 100,000 one way and there is a network of connecting bus-links from around Bali. Boat departures daily at 10.30am from Sanur Beach. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes. The office of Perama in Sanur can be found at Warung Pojok in Jalan Hangtuah.

Public Boats

Tel: +62 0361 7432344

These depart daily from Sanur beach at 08.00am in front of the Ananda Hotel or near the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel. The boats can be a little worrying at times (!) and are usually very crowded. There is no same day return. The ride across is approximately 90 minutes and the current fare is IDR 75,000 each way. To be frank, we would not recommend doing this unless you are on a really tight budget!

Day Cruise Operators

Sail Sensations cruise from Bali to Nusa LembonganThere are a number of day cruise operators who run services out of Benoa Harbour in Bali to Nusa Lembongan. These normally involve a package of some sort including meals, water sport activities on Lembongan and a day return fare. Not really recommended as an option for those wishing to reach the island and stay there, but if you are on a tight time schedule in Bali and just wish to see Lembongan very briefly then these could work for you.

Options include:

Sail Sensations

Bali Hai Cruises

Bounty Cruises

Bali Blue Ocean Cruises:

Air Bali Helicopter Charters

Tel: +62 (0) 361 767 466

For those wanting a truly adventurous experience! Air Bali is Bali’s leading helicopter operator and would be delighted to arrange a charter to Nusa Lembongan which could even be combined with an aerial tour of Bali and neigbouring islands.

Air Bali Helicopter

I hope you find this article helpful and whichever transfer option you choose, I am sure you will have a great time visiting this most wonderful of Tropical Islands.


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  3. Getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali is great content information with nice photos.

  4. You provide a great information brother! It's nice to read an article like this.
    I hope you can take me to Nusa Lembongan :D for free

  5. What a nice informative and lovely post!!!

    I wish I had the time and money to spend on a long vacation there. There will be that day, I believe.

  6. lots of informative site

  7. We discovered the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan about 5 years ago thanks to our son who surfs and found it in his bali surf guide and now travel regurarly (at least twice sometimes three times a year. We have, for the experience once used the public ferry...but use Scoot fast boats.Accomoddation is great with something to fit everyones budget. Personally we stay at Lembongan Island Beach Villas. Motor scooter is by far the best way to get around and when you hit the beach if you ask the locals for Roger (they all know him) he will look after you with a great deal for all day or longer term hire.We have made some wonderful friends (mainly locals) during our trips who will remain life long friends.

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