If you are exploring fast boats from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan, you must be dreaming of a paradise vacation!
Let me be the first to assure you, a paradise you shall find at Lembongan island! With white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and cliff views that never end, if you are not blown away by the beauty of this island, I’m not sure what will.
I fell in love with Lembongan ten years ago when it was still a quiet, off-the-beaten-path Bali destination. The island is where I discovered my love for scuba diving, and remains as my favorite paradise destination even after having traveling to many beautiful islands throughout Southeast Asia.
With an exponential spike in Bali tourism in recent years, there has also been a rise in the selection of fast boats that transfer visitors to Bali’s ultimate paradise – Nusa Lembongan. With so many boats to choose from, it may be overwhelming to figure out what are the differences between the various companies, and how to pick the best fast boat to Lembongan.
In this post, I will share with you everything you need to know about the transfer options from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan – how to choose the fast boat, how to get to the harbor, and what you can expect during transit.
1. How to Choose a Fast boat to Lembongan
I have taken several fast boats from Sanur to Lembongan, and to be honest, there is not much difference between the various companies. All the “reputable” cruises (which are listed below) provide more or less a same package – a transfer to/from Sanur and a pick-up & drop off service.
When it comes to safety and comfort, the boats rank similarly as well. All the boats listed in this post carry life jackets, marine radios and provide cushioned chairs for your 30-ish minute ride to your tropical destination.
So how should you choose the fast cruise?
Some factors that you may consider are boat schedule, cost, and the pick-up service in Sanur. While most operators provide pick-up service, not all areas are inclusive of the transfer fare. So if you plan to take advantage of the pick-up service, make sure you contact the company and confirm the transfer package.
All the fast cruises reviewed below include a free drop off service in Lembongan. Sanur to Lembongan boat services either head to Mushroom Bay or Jungut Batu beach – but now that almost all private cruises offer a free drop off service, you don’t have to worry because you will be taken to your hotel no matter which beach you end up on.
In the table below, I summarized the five main companies that have a long-standing operation in Sanur that I have utilized myself such as Rocky and Scoot Fast Cruises. The information is accurate as of October 2018, but I would advise that you confirm the information for yourself.
Sanur to Nusa Lembongan Ferry Times and Cost:
There are many other fast cruises that I have not yet been on. If none of the above options work for you, you can also check out Maruti, Blue Water Express, Sanur Express or Perama boat.
2. Sanur to Lembongan Boat Price
As summarized in the table above, the private fast boat fares generally range from IDR 300,000 to IDR 400,000 one way per person with private operators.
There is a cheaper option, which is to take the Public Fast Boat for IDR 200,000 each way – see the schedule below. I have also taken the public boat to Nusa Lembongan in the past, and it was fine. As far as I can recall, the chairs were hard plastic, as opposed to the cushioned chairs provided by the private operators – but it was comfortable enough for the 30-minute ride across the sea.
There is also a public slow boat crossing for IDR 100,000 for those on a serious budget. The journey takes about 1.5 hours. I have not taken this ferry from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan myself, but I have heard that from other travelers that the ride is quite uncomfortable. The slow boat is primarily used for commercial use, transferring goods between the islands – so there are no built-in seats for humans – you’d have to find a place to sit between boxes and livestock (welcome to Indonesia!) But hey, if you want an adventure and a story to tell afterward, I say go for it!
Just to note, neither the public fast boat nor slow boat offers pick up or drop off services.
3. Where to Embark in Sanur
Although you can make advanced bookings online or over the phone, if you are the type of a traveler who likes to “wing it,” there are so many fast boat options at the harbor that you will likely find a boat to take you across to Nusa Lembongan any time of the day (before 5 pm).
The main Sanur harbor is located off of Jalan Hang Tuah – off of By Pass (the main road), turn into the street where you see Dunkin Donuts. Taxis and private drivers will have to drop you off outside the parking gate, and you will have to walk about 5 minutes toward Sanur beach.
If you didn’t book a ticket in advance, you will encounter plenty of locals trying to sell you a ride – make sure you ask which boat they are selling, and negotiate on a price. You really shouldn’t pay more than IDR 300,000 for last-minute booking.
If you purchased a ticket in advance, head to the office first to check in and get your name tag. The “office” (or most likely a beach shack) will confirm your destination in Lembongan to arrange your drop-off transfer.
For the fast boat operators listed in this post, the check-in locations are:
Sugriwa fast boat: once you hit the beach on Jalan Hang Tuah, turn left. Look for the sign for Sugriwa.
Rocky fast boat: once you hit the beach on Jalan Hang Tuah, turn right.
Scoot fast boat: located on Jalan Hang Tuah
Glory fast boat: once you hit the beach on Jalan Hang Tuah, turn right. Walk about 3 minutes, and you will see a sign on your left
Marlin fast boat: once you hit the beach on Jalan Hang Tuah, turn right. Walk about 4 minutes, and you will see a sign on your left
It would be wise to check into the office at least 30 minutes before departure, particularly during the high season.
4. What to Expect on Sanur to Nusa Lembongan Transfer
Pick-up in Sanur
If you arrange a pick-up service that is included in your fast boat price, confirm the pickup time with the operator directly. Generally, I prefer to make my own transportation arrangement because as trip operators have many guests to pick up across various locations, your wait time can be quite long. I have once waited for an hour for a pick up for a fast boat to Gili islands.
I prefer to have certainty around my departure time so that I can time myself accordingly. Besides, who wants to wait around for an hour standing on a curb, wasting your precious holiday time in Bali?
Getting a Grab or Go-Jek ride is so cheap in Bali – finding your way to the harbor is a better option than going with a pickup service in my opinion.
You Will Get Wet
Most people are unprepared for this and get quite upset, but be prepared to get wet getting on and off the fast boat. There are no jetties in either Bali or Lembongan. The only way to enter and exit any of the boats is to schlep your way through the ocean.
As part of the boat service, there will be porters who will carry your suitcase or luggage to and from the fast boat. You don’t have to worry about carrying the heavy stuff – just your personal belongings.
Before getting on the boat, the staff will provide you with a crate for you to place your shoes or sandals. Once you arrive on Lembongan, don’t forget to collect them!
Drop-off in Lembongan
As you get off the boat and wait for your luggage to be carried onto land, you will be approached by one of the staff to confirm your transfer to your accommodation.
Unless your accommodation is within walking distance from the pier, you will hop on a truck for a short tide to your hotel or villa. The island is not big, so your ride should not be more than 30 minutes even on the other side of the island.
If you didn’t arrange a drop-off service with the boat operator, you could hire someone on the beach to take you to your hotel. Since there are no cars on the island, your transfer will be on a motorbike. Expect to pay IDR 20,000 for a ride to Jungut Batu area, and higher for longer distances.
If there are any tips I missed in this post or would like me to address, please leave a comment for me below! Otherwise, I hope you found this information on how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur helpful 🙂
Safe travels and enjoy the beautiful Nusa Lembongan!