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To from Bali
Nusa Lembongan can be reached from Bali by either fast boat (around 30 minutes) or slow boat (around an hour to 90 minutes). This can be a very rough trip in inclement weather.
The two main fast boat operators are Scoot and Rocky Fast Cruises. Rocky Fast Cruises are slightly cheaper, but 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.
Schedule and prices may change, book a day in advance to take advantage of pick up and drop-off services.
Scoot Fast Cruises
T: (0361) 28 5522
Departs Lembongan at 08:30, 10:30 and 15:00 with an extra high season boat at 12:30. Costs 300,000 rupiah one way.
Departs Sanur at 09:30, 11:30, 16:00 with an extra high season service at 13:30. Costs 300,000 rupiah one way.
Rocky Fast Cruises
T: (0361) 28 4298
Departs Lembongan at 09:00, 13:00, 15:30 with an extra high season boat at 11:00. Costs 250,000 rupiah one way.
Departs Sanur at 10:00, 14:00, 16:30 with an extra high season service at 12:00. Costs 250,000 rupiah one way.
There are other speedboat operations that use smaller boats and charge 150,000 rupiah. Ask around in Jungut Batu or Sanur for departure times — we think the above are worth the extra money.
There is a public morning slow boat (departs 08:00 daily) and one run by Perama (departs Sanur 10:30, departs Lembongan at 08:30). Both take an hour to an hour and a half and cost 100,000 and 150,000 rupiah respectively. The boat we looked at on Nusa Lembongan as it was about to depart did not have life jackets and the public boat from Sanur can be extremely overloaded. In bad weather we would not use these services.
To/from Nusa Penida
One public boat daily goes from Lembongan to Toyo Pakeh on Nusa Penida and back. The fare is 60,000 rupiah and the trip takes around an hour, leaving at 06:00. The boat may leave from near the base of the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan depending on the tide and other random factors that foreign visitors are never aware of. Ask the day before so you don't go to the wrong place at six in the morning as we did.
If you happen to miss the regular boat, sampans go every now and then from the mangroves on Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Penida. Prices are variable and will depend on if you need to charter the whole boat (likely) and also the mood of the boatman (is he asleep?) We paid 100,000 rupiah on one occasion, 60,000 on another. The trip takes 20-30 minutes.
To/from Gili islands
Scoot run a once daily speedboat service from Nusa Lembongan to Gili Trawangan. It leaves Nusa Lembongan at 10:30 and costs 600,000 rupiah. In the return direction it leaves Gili Trawangan at 12:45 and costs 650,000 rupiah. This service also stops at Teluk Kode on Lombok.
Lembongan is a small island but you will need to use a motorbike or bicycle to get anywhere further than the beach you're staying on. Motorbikes are easily hired for 50,000 rupiah a day. Ignore the travel agents that ask 150,000 per day for a motorbike. Just ask at your hotel and they should be able to get you one. Bicycles can be hired in Jungut Batu for 30,000 rupiah per day.