A flotilla of boat companies operate daily speed boat services between Nusa Lembongan and Sanur. The journey takes 30 to 40 minutes and boats depart from the southern end of Jungut Batu Beach in Nusa Lembongan, and Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah.
A public slow boat (wooden outrigger) that takes about one-and-a-half hours for the crossing is scheduled once daily but doesn’t always depart (usually it's once every two days); public speedboats run more regularly. Tourist shuttle service Perama operates a daily slow boat connecting to their bus services all over Bali (also a wooden outrigger, but with a bit more comfort than the public boat). This can be a very rough trip in inclement weather and we would not recommend taking the slow boats at this time.
Scoot Fast Cruise and Rocky Fast Cruises are two long-established companies. We recommend Scoot as they've got their act together far better than Rocky when it comes to the pick-up and drop-off services (the actual boat services are close to identical). Both of these services have life jackets and safety equipment. Schedule and prices may change. Book a day in advance to take advantage of pick-up and drop-off services. Be wary of cowboys offering cheap prices.
Note that all boats, both public and private, depart directly from the beach. None use a pier so you will need to wade, generally up to about knee-depth, but sometimes more, up to the back of the boat and climb the steps into the boat. If you are mobility-impaired or not comfortable getting onto a boat in this manner, someone will need to carry you. In rough seas injuries do happen, so take care.
Book your tickets online to Nusa Lembongan
Sanur to Nusa Lembongan: From 411,400 rupiah with Scoot Fast Cruises
Sanur to Nusa Lembongan: From 275,000 rupiah with Gili Transfers
Scoot Fast Cruise
27 Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur
T: (0361) 271 030; (0361) 282 233; (0361) 472 0962
Jungut Batu Beach, Nusa Lembongan
T: (0812) 3767 4932
400,000 rupiah one way; 650,000 rupiah return (30 minutes each way)
Departs Sanur: 09:30, 11:30,13:30,17:00
Departs Nusa Lembongan: 08:30, 10:30,12:30,16:30
Rocky Fast Cruise
41 Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur
T: (0853) 3886 6899; (0813) 3758 2227; (0361) 283 624; (0361) 284 298
Jungut Batu Beach, Nusa Lembongan
T: (0821) 4404 0928
US$30 one way; US$50 return (30 minutes each way)
Departs Sanur: 10:00, 12:00,14:00,17:30
Departs Nusa Lembongan: 09:00, 11:00,13:00,16:30
Other speedboat operations use smaller boats and charge less. Ask around in Jungut Batu or Sanur for departure times—we think the above are worth the extra money.
Perama tickets can be booked online or purchased from their office in Sanur at Warung Pojok; 39 Jalan Hang Tuah; T: (0361) 895 0158; (0361) 895 015
Price: 140,000 rupiah (90 minutes). Check online for connecting bus services to other destinations in Bali.
Departs Sanur: 10:30
Departs Nusa Lembongan: 09:30
Public boat tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur and from offices at Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay in Nusa Lembongan or ask at your guesthouse.
Slow boat Sanur to Jangat Batu departs 10:00 (100,000 rupiah)
Speedboat Sanur to Jangat Batu departs 09:00, 12:00, 16:00 (175,000 rupiah)
Speedboat Sanur to Mushroom Bay departs 09:30, 13:00, 15:30 (175,000 rupiah)
Slow boat Jungut Batu to Sanur departs 07:00 (100,000 rupiah)
Speedboat Jungut Batu to Sanur departs 08:00, 10:30, 15:00 (175,000 rupiah)
Speedboat Mushroom Bay to Sanur departs 08:00, 11:00, 14:30 (175,000 rupiah)
To from Nusa Penida
There is no longer a public scheduled service between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida
, but public boats operate regularly from about 06:30 until around 18:00. They depart when they are full or the boatman deems there are enough passengers. Boats depart Nusa Lembongan from near the Yellow Bridge or near the mangroves to Toyo Pakeh on Nusa Lembongan (50,000 rupiah, 30 minutes).
To from Lombok and the Gilis
Scoot run a once-daily speedboat service from Nusa Lembongan to Lombok (Senggigi
) and Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.
Departs Nusa Lembongan 10:45 (750,000 rupiah)
Departs Lombok (Senggigi) 12:30 (675,000 rupiah)
Departs Gili Air
12:45 (675,000 rupiah)
Departs Gili Meno
13:00 (675,000 rupiah)
Departs Gili Trawangan
13:45 (675,000 rupiah)
Nusa Lembongan is a small island. If you have the time, it’s pleasant to walk the pretty coastal paths linking neighbouring beaches, and feasible to walk around the island, although it would be a bit of a push and take most of the day. If you’d prefer a bit of freedom, bikes, motorbikes and golf buggies can be hired at a few shops in Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay. Some hotels may supply bicycles for free. With the exception of a couple of rough tracks off the main circuit, most of the roads are fairly well sealed. Open pickup trucks run services around the island or you can hire one for yourself for several hours. Many restaurants, spas and fastboats offer free pick-up and drop-off services. It’s possible to cross the narrow yellow suspension bridge to explore neighbouring Nusa Ceningan.