After several days in Bali, it is so likely that you’ve already been to the whole island. When there’s no more land to set foot on in Bali, perhaps it is the best time to visit one of the neighboring islands like one of the small islands clinging to the southeastern side of the Island of Gods, Nusa Lembongan.
“So how to get there?” Here are some alternatives.
From Sanur Beach
The boats usually start departing around 8 a.m. Since Sanur is renowned as one of the coziest beaches to watch the sunrise, you can get there earlier to see the sunrise before departing to Nusa Lembongan.
The most interesting thing about Sanur Beach is that you have a handful option of boats. You can take either public or fast boats.
The public boat’s fare is from IDR60,000 to 100,000, while the fast boat’s hovers between IDR150,000 and 300,000. Sanur Express is one of the most famous fast boats among tourists.
Although the fast boats are fancier, it does not necessarily mean that they are way faster than the slow ones. Both boats need around an hour to an hour and a half to reach Jungkut Batu, one of several big villages in Nusa Lembongan.
From Benoa Harbor
Benoa Harbor is obviously not as crowded as Sanur Beach. However, the boats in Benoa Harbor are more suitable for those seeking for a fun one-day cruising trip with their friends or families than backpackers who are merely looking for the most efficient, economical way to land in Nusa Lembongan.
Each boat vendors operating in Benoa Harbor has its own distinctive way to please their customers. Island Explorer Cruises takes you to Nusa Lembongan by a yacht or a catamaran. Bali Hai Cruises will never let your mood down since they have tons of activities—pool volleyball, banana boat rides, snorkeling, and island excursion. Bounty Cruises gives you even more—the experience of sailing on a glass bottom boat and excursion to seaweed plantation.
The boats usually depart from Benoa Harbor around 9 a.m., floats around Nusa Lembongan several hours, and heads back to Benoa on 3 p.m.
From Serangan Harbor
Compared to any other routes to Nusa Lembongan, this route is not so popular among travelers. Eka Jaya’s fast boat departs from Serangan at 8.30 a.m. and arrives at Lembongan or Ceningan around 9.15 a.m.
Yes, you’ve read that right. They are heading to a floating pontoon between Nusa Lembongan and the nearby Nusa Ceningan, from which you will be transferred to a small boat to your destination, either Nusa Lembongan or Ceningan.
The boat leaves the pontoon and head back to Serangan around 3.30 p.m.
From Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan
Since the two islands are only separated by a small strait, there are many local boats that are willing to take you from Toyapakeh, Nusa Penida, to Nusa Lembongan. They usually leave Nusa Penida at dawn (around IDR60,000).
“What if I happen to be in Nusa Ceningan?” Well, then you don’t have to take any boats since the two islands are only separated by a yellow bridge.
So which route suits you best?