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How to get to and from Nusa Penida

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Boat

Regular speed boat services operate daily between Nusa Penida and Sanur in South Bali as well as between Nusa Penida and Kusamba and Padang Bai in East Bali. The journey takes 30 to 45 minutes depending on the weather and the swell—in inclement weather this can be a rough trip.

In Sanur boats depart from the end of Jalan Hang Tuah to various destinations in Nusa Penida, depending on the company. Note that boats depart directly from the beach in Sanur and don’t 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.

In Nusa Penida the various companies generally have their own private pier. A daily car ferry runs to and from Padang Bai in East Bali. Local boat services also link to neighbouring Nusa Lembongan.

Book your tickets online to Nusa Penida

Sanur to Nusa Penida: From 165,000 rupiah with Gili Transfers
Sanur to Nusa Penida: From 360,000 rupiah with Caspla Bali
Any South Bali hotel to Nusa Penida: From 400,000 rupiah with Gili Getaway (inc. hotel transfer)
Serangan to Nusa Penida: From 400,000 rupiah with Gili Getaway

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Great places to stay on Nusa Penida
Where to eat and drink on Nusa Penida
The best sights and activities on Nusa Penida

Map of ferry routes between Bali and Nusa Penida

Map of ferry routes between Bali and Nusa Penida
Legend
(1) Buyuk boat landing (2) Hang Tuah (Sanur) boat landing (3) Kusamba boat landing
(4) Padang Bai ferry port (5) Sampalan boat landing (6) Toya Pakeh boat pier

Recommended operators
Fast boat companies come and go with the season and don’t expect the safety standards you may expect in your home country. We’ve used Maruti Express to Nusa Penida repeatedly with no major issues (safe a long wait for departure on one occasion). When the weather is bad and the seas high, the trip to Penida can be treacherous, boats have sunk and plenty of passengers have drowned. If you’re not comfortable getting on the boat—don’t—instead wait for the weather to clear. Responsible operators will cancel services in bad weather. We do not recommend using the local ferry service from Kusamba.

To/from Sanur
Ferry services run from Sanur to Toya Pakeh (which you’ll also see referred to as Banjar Nyuh, but for all intents and purposes it is the same village), Buyuk (half way to Sampalan) and Sampalan. Onwards transport from your point of entry to anywhere on the island is pretty straightforward. Some fast boat operators offer door to door transport for a surcharge, this is often poor value if you are travelling in a group.

To/from Kusamba
Kusamba is a small village a little of the south of Padang Bai. It isn’t particularly convenient to any tourist centres on Bali, but it is the shortest boat trip distance wise. Aside from the speedboat services listed below, there is also a local daily service on a large wooden boat—we do not recommend using this service for safety reasons.

To/from Padang Bai
There is a public car ferry which operates daily from the port at Sampalan to Padang Bai on Bali, taking about two hours. The ferry was temporarily not running at the time of research due to engine failure, so don’t rely on this as your only form of transport. Be wary of leaving valuables laying around in your vehicle on this ferry—friends have had gear stolen from their car on this service. The times and frequency of this car ferry change frequently and are erratic—check beforehand (with accommodation or a travel agent in Padang Bai or Nusa Penida) before planning around using this service.

To/from Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
Public boats run regularly between Toya Pakeh harbour and the base of the yellow bridge to Nusa Ceningan (on the Nusa Lembongan side). These leave according to demand and you’ll have to wait until they have ten passengers to depart—if you wish to leave immediately, it will cost 250,000 rupiah to charter the boat. For Nusa Ceningan, ojeks should be able to take you across the bridge to wherever you are planning on staying.

2018 Bali to Nusa Penida ferry schedule

From
To
Departs
Cost
Operator
Sanur
Toya Pakeh
09:30; 13:30; 16:30
400,000
600,000
Crown
Sanur
Toya Pakeh
07:30; 08:30; 10:00; 16:00
200,000
350,000*
Maruti
Sanur
Buyuk
8:00; 08:30; 16:00
100,000
Caspla Bali
Sanur
Toya Pakeh
09:18; 14:00; 16:30
250,000
Angel Billabong
Sanur
Sampalan
08:30; 17:00
200,000
400,000
Mola-Mola
Kusamba
Toya Pakeh
08:00; 14:00; 16:30
150,000
Maruti
Kusamba
Sampalan
06:30; 07:00; 07:30; 08:15; 12:15; 13:00; 14:30; 16:00
100,000
400,000
Gangga
Kusamba
Sampalan
07:00; 07:35; 11:45; 15:00
100,000
Sekayaja
Padang Bai
Sampalan
12:00
27,300**
Public car ferry
Nusa Lembongan***
Toya Pakeh
Regularly
07:30–17:30
50,000

Timetable and price details were correct at the time of research (May 2018)
* Add 100,000 rupiah each way for door to door transfers.
** Adult fare. Child: 22,300 rupiah; Motorbike (excluding passengers): 39,000 rupiah; Car (excluding passengers): 277,800 rupiah
*** To base of yellow suspension bridge, from where you can get ground transport to the rest of the island.


2018 Nusa Penida to Bali ferry schedule

From
To
Departs
Cost
Operator
Toya Pakeh
Sanur
09:30; 13:30; 16:30
400,000
600,000
Crown
Toya Pakeh
Sanur
07:30; 09:00; 15:00; 16:30
200,000
350,000*
Maruti
Buyuk
Sanur
07:00; 15:00; 17:00
100,000
Caspla Bali
Toya Pakeh
Sanur
07:30; 13:00; 15:30
250,000
Angel Billabong
Sampalan
Sanur
07:30; 16:00
200,000
400,000
Mola-Mola
Toya Pakeh
Kusamba
07:00; 13:00; 14:00
150,000
Maruti
Sampalan
Kusamba
06:30; 07:00; 08:00; 13:00; 14:15; 16:00
100,000
400,000
Gangga
Sampalan
Kusumba
07:20; 08:15; 12:25; 15:30
100,000
Sekayaja
Sampalan
Padang Bai
11:00
27,300**
Public car ferry
Toya Pakeh
Nusa Lembongan***
Regularly
07:30–17:30
50,000

Timetable and price details were correct at the time of research (May 2018)
* Add 100,000 rupiah each way for door to door transfers.
** Adult fare. Child: 22,300 rupiah; Motorbike (excluding passengers): 39,000 rupiah; Car (excluding passengers): 277,800 rupiah
*** To base of yellow suspension bridge, from where you can get ground transport to the rest of the island.

Bali to Nusa Penida fast boat and ferry operators

Angel Billabong Fast Cruise
T: (0812) 8050 0000; (0896) 0250 9714; (0821) 4404 8323
https://angelbillabongfastcruise.com

Caspla Bali Sea View
T: (0812) 3966 2222; (0823) 5953 2222; (0851) 0010 9999; (0851) 0084 2222
http://www.baliseaview.com

Crown Cruises
T: (0813) 3837 7336; (0361) 449 1639; (0813) 3757 4445;
http://crownfastcruises.com

Gangga Express
T: (0818) 0546 4622; (0812) 3666 2476; (0819) 3626 1294
http://ganggaexpress.com

Maruti Express
T: (0361) 938 1438; (0813) 3875 4848; (0812) 383 1639
http://marutigroupfastboat.com

Mola-Mola Express
T: (0361) 895 6430; (0813) 3744 2555; (0813) 3744 3000
https://www.facebook.com/Mola-Mola-Express-1495074830759063/

Sekayaja Speed Boat
T: (0878) 6149 3672; (0813) 5396 7272
https://www.sekarjaya.com

Don’t wear your dress shoes.

Don’t wear your dress shoes. Photo: Sally Arnold

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Getting around

Nusa Penida is large and you’ll need some form of private transport to see the sights as public transport is nonexistent, bar a couple of unofficial irregular bemos that run between the north coast towns.

Motorbike hire starts around 70,000 rupiah per day, but we heard reports that when demand outstrips supply, they have gone for as much as 250,000 rupiah per day—that’s without a driver. Roads can be dangerous and are not suitable for beginners. We were aware of three motorbike accidents during the short time we visited, one resulting in a broken leg. Insist on a helmet, but you may be better off bringing your own as few are available. Wear long pants and sleeves and enclosed shoes, not only is it respectful of the local culture, it will literally save your skin if you fall. When you head out for the day, make sure you have enough petrol, you don’t want to be stuck in a remote area with an empty tank, that goes for carrying drinking water too.

Due to the bad roads, flat tyres are common, luckily there’s a bengkel (bike workshops) in every village and you’ll have to pay for the repairs yourself (they make a killing here). Routes are not well signposted and GPS navigation is not always accurate—expect to get lost.

Road conditions can be more miss than hit.

Road conditions can be more miss than hit. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you are not confident on a motorbike (or your insurance doesn’t cover you for driving one), hire a bike with a driver. These generally start around 200,000 rupiah per day, and will end up saving you time as the locals generally know where they are going, and you may get to make a new local friend too. A car with driver starts around 500,000 rupiah per day and can usually fit up to five passengers. As well as the bad road conditions expect traffic jams particularly enroute to the popular sights.

Bike hire and taxis can generally be arranged at the harbour or your accommodation can help with getting a good deal. The north coastal road is flat, and relatively easy by bicycle, although we didn’t find any bike hire places, locals will rent you one for 50,000 rupiah per day, but if you intend heading to the hills, you’ll need a good level of fitness as elevation reaches 500 metres on rough roads.

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