The most common means of getting to Nusa Lembongan from Bali include taking one of the small public boats from Sanur Beach, along with dedicated fast boat transfers that mostly depart from Benoa Harbour. You can find these boats parked along the coast near the beachfront of the Grand Inna Bali Beach. They usually depart at 8am, although times can be imprecise and often depend on the tide. 

There are several notable fast transfer services from Benoa Harbour, ranging from fast boats to more luxurious catamarans. Departure times are around 9am, and you can enjoy a swifter and more comfortable ride compared to the smaller public boats. Most also offer full-day retreat packages with dedicated leisure and activity facilities on Lembongan. Following are a few notable cruise companies, from which you can book your seat.

The journey from Bali to Nusa Lembongan takes between 30 minutes and 90 minutes depending on the type of boat and the weather conditions.

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    Bounty Cruises

    Bounty Cruises

    Bounty Cruises provides 1-way and return transfers, and usually provides tea or coffee with breakfast and movies on your journey. They also have day cruise packages that let you experience their specially designed pontoon that's chock-full of activities, such as a 44-metre waterslide, canoeing, banana boat rides, snorkelling, diving, jet skis and others.

    Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta I, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80222, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7am to 11pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 726 666


    photo by Ya, saya inBaliTimur (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified

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    Quicksilver Cruise

    Quicksilver Cruise

    Quicksilver Cruise's catamaran sails to Nusa Penida daily, departing at 8.45am from Benoa harbour. The cruise includes lunch and you get to discover the wonderful underwater scenes off the coast of Bali with its marine and underwater activities, which includes banana boat rides, snorkelling and submarine rides.

    Location: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)361 721 521


    photo by Sabung.hamster (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified

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    Bali Hai Cruises

    This long-established cruise company in Bali has a nice fleet of quality vessels, including a high-speed catamaran and a sailboat, although the latter is used mostly for the popular day cruises and ‘Castaway Beach Cruises’. The Reef Cruise package includes a day out on a specially built pontoon near Lembongan. Cruises normally depart at 9.15am and return at 4.15pm.

    Location: Jalan Wahana Tirta No.1, Benoa, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80001, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7am to 9pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 720 331

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    Scoot Fast Cruises

    Scoot Fast Cruises has 1 catamaran and 5 boats in the company fleet, including a glass-bottom boat for coral viewing around Nusa Lembongan. Super Scoot, the catamaran, can carry up to 55 passengers and departs at 9.30am, available for 1-way and return transfers.

    Location: Jalan Hang Tuah No.27, Sanur Kaja, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80227, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)361 282 233

Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller