Transportation in Nusa Lembongan

Ferries transport tourist to the Gili Islands

Ferries transport tourist to the Gili Islands

Nusa Lembongan is a small tropical island easy to explore on foot, being no more than three miles in length. The pace of life is slow with virtually no traffic and makes a refreshing change from congested south Bali. A leisurely walk around the island should take no more than three hours and there are some particularly scenic coastal paths providing fabulous views of Bali from the southwest of the island.

Bicycles are a rewarding way to get around and can be rented from many guest houses and shops in the resorts of Jungutbatu and Mushroom Bay. A full day’s rental should cost no more than rp40,000 after a little bargaining. Try Mainski Inn (Open: 10:00-22:00; Jungutbatu, tel: +62 812 361 1153) for a decent variety of well maintained cycles.

There is a small number of motorcycles for rent for around rp100,000 a day however due to the island’s small size and lack of decent road surfaces, most people are content to let their feet do the walking. All car owners have to have a special permit which is usually only granted to larger hotels to transport supplies and guest luggage. These are usually pick up trucks which often double as an informal taxi service for guests to get around parts the island. Be prepared for a bumpy ride which is open to the elements.

If money is no object you could charter a helicopter and arrive in style on Nusa Lembongan, otherwise getting here and away involves a boat trip. The main departure point from Bali is Sanur beach which has several public boats leaving each morning.

A faster and more comfortable option is to use one of the many speed boat companies based in Sanur. Scoot Cruise (Jalan Hang Tua No. 27, tel: + 62 361 285 522, fax: +62 361 286 913, email: rsv@scootcruise.com, website: www.scootcruise.com) and Tamarind Jaya (Grand Bali Beach, tel: +62 361 857 2572) both cost rp288,900 one way and take 45 minutes to reach Nusa Lembongan. There are also convenient morning and afternoon departures with each company.

A more refined experience can be enjoyed from Benoa harbour in Bali where several other companies offer luxury cruises to Nusa Lembongan onboard fully equipped yachts and catamarans. Typically you can expect a leisurely cruise with lunch, water sports and a hotel pick up included in the price. Waka Louka (tel: +62 361 723 629, website: www.wakaexperience.com) offers all day cruises for US$95 and have their own upmarket beach resort in Mushroom Bay with heavily discounted rates for cruise passengers. Elsewhere there are local boat services from Padangbai and Kusamba in east Bali and direct fast boats to and from Gili Trawangan in the Gili Islands.

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