There are so many amazing places to visit in Bali and Nusa Lembongan is definitely one of them. Nusa Lembongan is an island off the south-west coast of Bali and is still part of Bali itself. So how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali? You can only reach Nusa Lembongan by boat, and a fast boat is your best option. Here is everything you need to know about getting a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan from Bali. Also see our video on how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali.
Fast Boat Companies
There are a number of fast boat companies that make the trip from Bali to Nusa Lembongan. We travelled with Blue Water Express and have done so previously to travel to the Gili Islands. We’ve always had good experiences, so even though they are one of the more expensive companies, we always book with Blue Water Express.
Where In Bali Can I Get A Boat To Nusa Lembongan?
So how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali? There are many departure points in Bali to get to Nusa Lembongan. Where you depart Bali will depend on your location and the fast boat company you choose. You can get to Nusa Lembongan from Serangan (near Nusa Dua), Sanur and Padang Bai.
If you’re wondering how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Ubud, you might consider getting a boat from Padang Bai. But honestly, at some point in your trip, you will be in south Bali (where Bali Airport is), and it’s a shorter boat trip from south Bali then Padang Bai. So I’d just plan your trip to Nusa Lembongan around when you’re in south Bali.
So that leaves you with two departure points, Sanur and Serangan. They are both about a 30 minute trip to Nusa Lembongan, so it really would only depend on which company you choose. Blue Water Express leave from Serangan. The nice thing about leaving from Serangan is that you will board the boat from a jetty rather than be wading through the water like you do in Sanur. If you travel with Blue Water Express there is also a waiting area with tables, tea and coffee in Serangan, which is a nice touch.
So how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Seminyak or somewhere in South Bali? If you book your ticket in advance online, some companies will offer free pick up from certain areas such as Seminyak. Blue Water Express offer free pick up for Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Jimbaran, Sanur and Nusa Dua to Serangan. If you’re not within the free pick up area you can either arrange a private transfer through Blue Water Express or take a taxi to the harbour. And from there, you take the 30-minute boat ride to Nusa Lembongan.
Serangan to Nusa Lembongan Fast Boat Price
Depending on the fast boat company you choose, prices can vary greatly. We always choose to go with Blue Water Express, and as mentioned, they are generally one of the more expensive companies. Although they can offer discounts from time to time, especially the earlier you book, the full price of a one-way ticket from Serangan to Nusa Lembongan is 490 000 IDR (approx. $46 AUD) per person. A return ticket is just double the price unless you are going on a day trip which is 800 000 IDR (approx. $75 AUD) return trip on the same day. Check the most up-to-date prices and schedules here. All tickets include free pick-up and drop off to your hotels within selected areas.
How To Get To Nusa Lembongan From Bali: Our Experience
Journey time: Approx. 30-minute boat trip + time to transfer to harbour + time to accommodation in Nusa Lembongan
Fast Boat Company: Blue Water Express
Fast Boat Price To Nusa Lembongan: 490 000 IDR One Way (approx. $46 AUD) per person. Check prices here.
Bali Departure Point: Serangan Harbour (with Blue Water Express) or Sanur
Nusa Lembongan Arrival: You will arrive at Jungut Batu. Your Blue Water Express Boat will actually stop just offshore. Another smaller boat will come out to the boat, which you will transfer to, to take you to shore. Once at the shore, you will get off the boat only in ankle deep water. From here, they will transfer you in a bemo (think bench seats in the back of a small truck) to hotels located in Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay areas.
Best Sea Conditions: According to Blue Water Express, the best sea conditions, in general, are in the months of April, May, June, October, November until Mid-December. You can see Blue Water Express details here.
The Experience: We were lucky to have excellent sea conditions on our last trip to Nusa Lembongan, so the trip was smooth and enjoyable. We have in the past (with another company), experienced a large swell in the ocean, which was obviously not a great experience, but also unavoidable depending on weather and sea conditions. I would definitely try to visit Nusa Lembongan in the months that offer the best sea conditions, but if you have to visit in the other months, there is solace in that it is only a short journey.
How To Get To Nusa Penida From Bali
At the moment, most direct trips to Nusa Penida are inclusive day trips. If you’re wanting to visit Nusa Penida from Lembongan, you can get a 10-minute boat ride from the yellow bridge on Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. You can also choose to stay on Nusa Penida.
How To Get To Nusa Ceningan From Bali
The best way to get to Nusa Ceningan from Bali is via Nusa Lembongan. So take the same 30-minute boat from Serangan to Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Ceningan is joined by a yellow bridge to Nusa Lembongan. This bridge only allows scooter and bicycles, so if you can take your luggage with you on a scooter, you could travel to Nusa Lembongan, hire a scooter and ride to Nusa Ceningan. Otherwise, once you arrive in Nusa Lembongan you may be able to pay locals to help with your luggage to your hotel and hire scooters. If you can leave most of your luggage at your Bali hotel and only take a backpack to Nusa Ceningan, this will make it a lot easier to get there on scooters.
Let us know if you have any questions about how to get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali in the comments below…
We have previously chosen to use Blue Water Express for our boat transfers in Bali and Lombok as paying customers. However, our latest trips were done in collaboration with Blue Water Express to share our experience and were courtesy of Blue Water Express. Everything we share with you is our personal experience to help you plan your trip to Bali.