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A convenient way to travel from Padang Bai is via tourist shuttle. You will be asked if you need transport on a charter basis as you leave the ferry, which can make sense if there are more than four of you travelling to the same destination. However, scheduled shuttle buses are widely available through agents in town.
Sample times and fares are as follows:
Ubud, Sanur, Kuta, Airport: 09:00, 13:30, 16:30; 75,000 rupiah (1– 2 hours)
Candi Dasa: 08:30, 13:30, 16:30; 35,000 rupiah (30 minutes)
Tirta Gangga: 09:00: 75,000 (1 hour)
Less popular destinations than those mentioned above are serviced by tourist shuttles only if minimum passenger numbers are reached, in which case a private charter would be more economical and quicker.
Perama: Jalan Pelabuhan Padang Bai; T: (0363) 41419; www.peramatour.com
The road into Padang Bai, Jalan Pelabuhan Padang Bai, leads directly to the ferry terminal. Trucks and humans bank up, waiting their turn to board. In recent years safety has improved, and overcrowding is more frequently prevented, which means you may have to wait longer if it’s busy.
The ferry departs every hour on the hour (sort of) day and night for Lembar on Lombok and takes four hours. If seas are high, add an hour. You may have to wait to dock in Lembar as ferries queue up — in our experience this can (sometimes) take up to three hours. Crossing to Lombok, you will pass the Wallace Line, the ecological divide between Asia and Australasia — the ocean is deep at this point, and often rough, even on a clam day. Pods of dolphins can sometimes be seen during the crossing. Tickets are priced as following:
Adult: 41,000 rupiah; child: 26,000 rupiah; bicycle (including passenger): 63,000 rupiah; motorbike (including passengers): 121,000 rupiah; car (including passengers): 825,000 rupiah.
Ferries depart for Nusa Penida once a day at 12:00 and take 2 hours. Tickets are priced as following:
Adult: 31,000 rupiah; child 26,000 rupiah; motorbike (excluding passengers): 48,000 rupiah; car (excluding passengers): 290,000 rupiah.
Ferries vary in comfort. You might get plush airline-style seating with large screens for entertainment with anything from karaoke to violent Hollywood films, not really suitable for a general audience. Or you might get a basic hot rust-bucket with hard seats and not much else. Mattresses are usually available to rent onboard for extra comfort. Some have snacks and drinks available, others not — best to bring something or buy from one of the numerous sellers before they jump off just prior to departure.
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the left-hand side after entering the terminal. Tickets for cars, motorbikes and bicycles are purchased from the drive-through booths as you enter the harbour. You may need to fill in a form stating your passport number, nationality and gender: P/L (female/male). Make sure you get a paper ticket. Several touts around town may try to sell you ferry tickets at inflated prices. Porters offer their services — there are several flights of steep stairs to reach the seating area of most ferries. Employing them gives someone a job, but beware some porters can be very aggressive. Negotiate a price first — and don’t pay until your bag is on the ferry.
Fast boats service Lombok, the Gilis and Nusa Lembongan and prices are highly negotiable despite them being printed in brochures. Several fast boats have questionable safety records and a few have sunk or caught fire in recent years. The cheapest is not necessarily the best bet. Check they have life jackets onboard.
Gili Cat, which services Lombok and the Gilis, has an office at Made Homestay on Jalan Silayukti; T: (0363) 41 441. Boats depart daily at 8:45, 9:15, 13:30 and 14:00. The negotiable listed price is 700,000 rupiah for an adult and 490,000 rupiah for a child.
The Eka Jaya office is located in the northern corner of the market square along Jalan Silayukti; T: (0363) 41 442. The listed price to Lombok is 660,000 rupiah, but this journey can be had for as cheap as 350,000 rupiah. Departures for Lombok and the Gilis are at 8:30; 10:30 and 12:30; and for Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan 14:30.
Bemos depart from the ferry terminal for Klungkung (blue bemo) to the southwest and Amlapura via Candi Dasa (orange bemo) to the northeast. There is no fixed price for foreigners travelling on bemos. Bank on having to pay 30,000 rupiah to Candi Dasa (one hour) and 20,000 rupiah to Klungkung (30 minutes). For destinations further afield, you will need to catch connecting bemos in Amlapura or Klungkung.
Most of Padang Bai is walkable. Ojeks are available with highly negotiable fares, but you can expect the following as an approximate guide.
Pura Goa Lawah: 40,000 rupiah; Blue Lagoon Beach: 20,000 rupiah; Pasir Bias Tugel: 20,000 rupiah; Pantai Pasir Hitam: 25,000 rupiah; Candi Dasa: 50,000 rupiah