We know their names, we know where each and every one of them located. But do we know exactly how to cross from the mainland to these islands? Let’s find out!
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There has never been a better time to get across to Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Starting from a 30-minute boat trip from the big island Bali, these three beautiful islands are the perfect getaway locations for short day trips, longer vacations or as part of the adventure towards the Gili Islands.
The local boat from Sanur runs as early as 8am, although it is often extremely overcrowded. We recommend taking one of the many fast boats that run between 9am-5pm. Scoot Fast Cruise is the pick of the bunch and offers free hotel transfers from the south of Bali. Getting back is where it becomes a little more tricky – the last boat returns to Sanur at 4pm, so don’t go missing it. From Benoa Harbour there are four options including the Lembongan Island Fast Boat, Bounty Cruises, the Bali Hai Cruise and Island Explorer Cruises. For a fun-packed day we recommend the Bali Bounty Cruise day cruise that features banana boat rides, snorkelling, canoeing, a village tour and glass bottom boat. The fast boat from Padang Bai is currently suspended although there is the Eka Jaya fast boat that departs from Serangan at 8.45am if you are based near Denpasar.
From Sanur, the Caspla speed boat service runs three times daily at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm. The Maruti Express runs at 10am and 3pm and the Semaya One departs at 8am and 4pm. You’ll find all three departure spots in front of Ananda Beach Hotel. From Padang Bai, you can catch the daily public ferry that takes two hours or the smaller public speed boat. Set your alarm clock early, though, as the public speed boat leaves at 6.30am on the dot. You can also get to Penida from Benoa Harbour using the daily Quicksilver cruise. The huge pontoon is full of activities and leaves at 8.45am, before returning at 4pm.
The easiest part of the trip is navigating your way across to Ceningan. Simply take your desired route to Lembongan by boat and find the “yellow bridge” to cross via foot or bike.