How to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali

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The island of Nusa Lembongan lies on a little way from the main island of Bali. But how do you get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali? Here’s a short guide to how to travel to Nusa Lembongan from Bali.


How to to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

In short, the only option to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan is to take the boat. There are a few different companies operating boats on this route that you can choose from.

Nusa Lembongan Ferry

The boat ride takes 30 minutes each way. There are times when it may take longer or be delayed, normally due to adverse weather conditions.

On Bali, the boat leaves from Sanur (here) and arrives to Jungubatu Beach in Lembongan.

If you need transport in Sanur or Lembognan, you can organise this with the boat provider for an extra fee. Normally you will be asked to arrive at the office of the ferry company, they will then transport you to the ferry terminal. You will recieve instructions for this when you book.

What are the Nusa Lembongan ferries like?

The boats are really organised, I was expecting a small boat with only a few people. However, it’s not really like that. There are lots of boats leaving each day, a few an hour with different companies. There is also a ferry terminal, which is very well maintained and organised.

Do note, if you get sea sick, you may want to consider travel sickness tablets. The boat does not take long but it can get quite rocky.

How to get to Nusa Lembongan from the airport?

The boat leaves from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan. To get from Despensar airport to Sanur is easy. It takes around 25minutes in a taxi and should not cost more than 200,000 IDR (most likely less.)

How do you book to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

The website Book Away will give you access to all the different companies that operate this route.

The two that I would recommend are either Rocky Fast Cruise or D’Camel. Both companies have websites that are easy to use to book directly.

How much does the boat cost to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

The standard rate for the boat is 325,000 IDR ($20). You will pay an extra 50,000 IDR for transport in Bali or on Lembongan.

Can you take luggage on the boat to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

You can take luggage on the boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan. If you have a small bag, you can carry this on yourself. If you have larger luggage, the staff will carry this for you and load it onto the top of the boat. The boat and the luggage are under cover so you don’t need to worry about your things getting wet.

Can you take a day trip from Bali to Nusa Lembognan?

Yes, this is possible. The bus takes only 30 minutes each way. But you would need to allow time to check into the boat in Sanur early. Normally you must check in between 30 and 60 minutes before the boat leaves.

The first boat leaves Bali at 09:30 and the last one returns to Bali at 17:00.

If you’re planning to stay longer in Nusa Lembongan, check out our view on the top 10 things to do in Nusa Lembongan here.

What to do in Nusa Lembongan?

Nusa Lembongan might be one of my favourite places on the planet. There is plenty to do, but really it is just about soaking up island life! Enjoy a lazy Balinese coffee in the morning at one of the fab coffee shops near the beach, swim in the ocean, and dine in a candlelit warung by night. Be sure to go snorkelling too!

Read more about the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan here.

How to get around Nusa Lembongan?

Firstly, when you get off the ferry, you may be given transport to your hotel. This is normally an optional extra price when you book your ferry ticket. If you are not staying near to the ferry port then I would suggest opting for the transport.

Getting around Nusa Lembongan

There are no cars in Nusa Lembongan, this is one of the reasons that it is such a magical island. In terms of getting around Nusa Lembongan, you have a few options.

Three options:

  • Hire a bicycle or motor scooter – these are easy to hire and organise on the island and should not cost very much. Just remember if you’re planning to do this, to check that you have insurance the the correct licence. You may also have to pay in cash or be charged extra to pay by card.
  • Walk – depending on where you’re staying in Nusa Lembongan, it is possible to walk. The island is very small. You can’t explore the whole island by foot, but you can walk to restaurants that are around 20 minutes away.
  • Book a buggy – as there are no cars, you can’t get a normal taxi. But, if there’s a group of you, then you could hire a buggy. It’s a bit like taxi. Hotels and restaurants will be able to help you book.


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