Nusa Penida has to be at the top of everyone’s list when visiting Bali. With famous beaches, lagoons and waterfalls, epic cliff jumping spots and more importantly, endless locations to capture the ultimate Instagram photos, Nusa Penida Island really has it all.
Getting there is another story altogether. It can be quite overwhelming figuring out how to get to Nusa Penida so I’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about getting to Nusa Penida.
In short, the most common route is Bali to Nusa Penida which is only 30-minutes by fast boat. Though I have also included detailed information on other routes such as Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida, Gili to Nusa Penida, Lombok to Nusa Penida and Java to Nusa Penida.
HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA OVERVIEW
Here is a quick overview of how to get to Nusa Penida that you will find in this post:
1. Bali to Nusa Penida by fast boat
2. Nusa Penida day trip from Bali
3. Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida
4. Gili Island to Nusa Penida
5. Lombok to Nusa Penida
6. Java to Nusa Penida
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA
How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida I hear you ask?
First things first, Bali is a big place so I’ve got you covered on all the different locations within Bali in which you can get to Nusa Penida.
Sanur To Nusa Penida
Simply, you’re going to have to get the boat from Bali to Nusa Penida. As I mentioned, Bali is a big place and the boats only really go from one spot, Sanur Beach Port, which is located in Southeast Bali.
Boats operate from Bali to Nusa Penida 7 days a week and you will find that there is a boat leaving every couple of hours throughout the day.
First of all, you’re going to need to get to Sanur Port from your accommodation in Bali. Conveniently, when you book your ticket online in advance for the boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida this also includes a hotel pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Bali to Sanur Beach Port.
Here is a list of journey times from the popular tourist hubs in Bali to get to Sanur:
• Canggu to Sanur: 1-hour
• Seminyak to Sanur: 45-minutes
• Kuta to Sanur: 30-minutes
• Uluwatu to Sanur: 1-hour
• Ubud to Sanur: 1-hour
ARRIVING AT SANUR BEACH PORT
When you arrive at Sanur Beach Port you will have to check-in at the tour desk with the boat company that you are traveling with from Bali to Nusa Penida. There are a lot of tour desks and boat companies that operate from Sanur to Nusa Penida and it can be quite chaotic down at the port. Simply ask a local to point you in the right direction if you can’t find the right tour desk.
Once you are all checked-in, you’ll be given a tag for your bag and a laminated card or sticker that you will have to show to the boat operators when stepping on to the boat to get from Bali to Nusa Penida.
Depending on the time of day, you may have to wait for 30-minutes to 1-hour at the port before getting on the boat. There are plenty of shops and small eateries at Sanur Port if you wish to kill some time, but don’t wander too far as you wouldn’t want to miss your boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida.
It’s first in best-dressed when it comes to getting a decent seat on the fast boat to Nusa Penida. My advice would be to sit near the back of the boat where there is more airflow as it can get very claustrophobic up the front. Some boats from Bali to Nusa Penida you can even sit on the roof which is a pretty fun experience!
If you have a suitcase or larger bags, these will generally get stowed on the inside of the boat or on the roof of the boat which they will then cover with a big tarp to keep them dry when traveling across the ocean from Bali to Nusa Penida.
The journey from Sanur to Nusa Penida takes around 45-minutes and when you arrive on the other end at the Nusa Penida Pier, you’ll have to wait for your bag on the shoreline and then you can take a taxi to your hotel.
Get your ticket: Bali to Nusa Penida via Sanur Port
This is how to get to Nusa Penida!
PEMELISAN HARBOR TO NUSA PENIDA
There is also a new route that has just opened up from Pemelisan Harbor to Nusa Penida which is another, less busy alternative than having to go to Sanur.
Fast boats operate daily to Nusa Penida from Pemelisan Harbor in Southeast Bali. You can book the ferry online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
This trip from Bali to Nusa Penida also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and dropped directly to the pier at Pemelisan Harbor. The boat trip takes approximately 45-minutes from Bali to Nusa Penida.
It’s basically the same system as mentioned above from Sanur to Nusa Penida, though this particular trip departs from Pemelisan Harbor instead.
Get your ticket: Bali to Nusa Penida via Pemelisan Harbor
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
You can just turn up at Sanur port and pay for your ticket there but the port can be pretty hectic. My advice would be to book the boat from Bali to Nusa Penida online in advance. This will both avoid you having to do it at the port but also they pick you up from your hotel. For around $10-$30 this is a really affordable way of getting the fast boat to Nusa Penida.
Booking online also gives you a fixed price. There will be a lot of people wanting to get the boat from Bali to Nusa Penida so the last thing you’re going to want to do is to battle the crowds and have to haggle your way onto the boat. Book online guarantees you a spot on the boat to Nusa Penida but also avoids the need to haggle at a very busy port.
To book a ticket from Bali to Nusa Penida online, use a company called 12GO. I personally use them for booking all my tickets as they’re reasonably priced and very reliable throughout all of Asia.
There are a couple of boats from Bali to Nusa Penida. One is more of a ferry. A larger, slower vessel and the other is a speed boat. Both can vary in price but also vary in time. Depending on how fast you want to get there, it can depend on what boat to Nusa Penida you take.
You may be aware the Nusa Islands are made up of 3 main islands. Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. These islands can be accessed from Nusa Penida, via a much smaller boat that doesn’t need to be booked in advance, unlike when traveling from Sanur to Nusa Penida.
You can use other ports such as Kusamba which has a frequent service but off the tourist trail and Padang Bai which is if you want to take your own vehicle over from Bali to Nusa Penida. Padang Bai services aren’t very reliable so I would recommend you sticking with the Sanur to Nusa Penida service.
Get your ticket: Bali to Nusa Penida via Sanur Port
Keling King Beach – Bali to Nusa Penida
NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP
Another alternative from Bali to Nusa Penida is to book a day trip. There is one tour that I can highly recommend which covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Bali to Nusa Penida.
The Nusa Penida Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour covers the top attractions on Nusa Penida such as Keling King Beach, Angels Billabong, Broken Beach and more! With a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali to Nusa Penida, a hearty lunch and an English-speaking guide. All this for less than $40 USD.
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NUSA LEMBONGAN TO NUSA PENIDA
You can also take a boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida if you happen to be exploring this island first.
A boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida takes no more than 15-minutes and costs around 50,000 IDR.
You can organise the boat via your accommodation on Nusa Lembongan or simply make your way over to the Yellow Bridge on Lembongan Island and ask one of the small tour desks down on the beachfront.
There are no set boat schedules from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida, though the boats run quite frequently. Usually every 30 minutes to 1 hour you will be able to get a boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida.
You’ll be dropped off at Toya Pakeh Harbor which is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island and from here you can take a taxi to your hotel.
Yellow Bridge Nusa Lembongan
Blue Lagoon Nusa Lembongan
GILI TO NUSA PENIDA
Okay, so these are the tips you’ll need to get from Bali to Nusa Penida and from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida. Now let’s look at how to get to Nusa Penida from Gili Trawangan.
Here are a few tips on how to get to Nusa Penida from Gili Trawangan:
One thing to note: there aren’t a lot of fast boat companies from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Penida. It’s going to take a bit of research but the main things to look for when getting from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Penida is the fastest boat company but also the safest.
This is where Blue Water Express comes in. Their route is directly from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Lembongan then a smaller boat over to Nusa Penida. Each time I’ve used these, I’ve had a great experience.
Dependant on the fast boat company you use can vary the price quite dramatically. Although Blue Water Express is one of the more expensive companies, they do offer discounts here and there. A one-way ticket from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Lembongan is going to cost you around $65.
You can find the ticket offices for Blue Water Express and other boat companies at the main port on Gili Trawangan Island. Please note that you will have to book at least one day in advance, preferably two days just to be sure you will get a seat on the boat.
The boat journey from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Lembongan takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. The journey time is very dependent on weather conditions. The cost of your ticket will also include pick up from your hotel.
Getting on the boat at Gili Trawangan, you’ll most likely have to walk in ankle-deep water to board the boat. When you arrive on Lembongan Island, you’ll have to change to a smaller boat that will take you from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida.
The boat journeys are an experience within themselves, especially the journey from Gili Trawangan to Nusa Penida, where you can sit on the roof with the wind in your hair!
If you are traveling in the other direction from Nusa Penida to Gili Trawangan, there are no direct fast boats so you’ll have to take the short 10-minute boat ride from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan, then from there, take the boat to Gili Trawangan.
Get your ticket: Gili Trawangan to Nusa Penida
Gili Trawangan Island
LOMBOK TO NUSA PENIDA
Now you know how to get from Gili to Nusa Penida, let’s talk about getting from Lombok to Nusa Penida.
You have a few options when it comes to getting from Lombok to Nusa Penida. Again, there is no direct route so it would mean going through Nusa Lembongan but nevertheless, it’s still doable.
To get from Lombok to Nusa Penida, your one option is to get the ferry. I mentioned Blue Water Express before, they’ll be making another appearance as I talk you through getting from Lombok to Nusa Penida.
Getting from Lombok to Nusa Penida is actually on the same route as Gili Trawangan. There are multiple stops to this route with both Gili Trawangan & Lombok being some of them. Getting directly to Nusa Penida is not yet possible, so you’ll stop on Nusa Lembongan first. Nusa Lembongan is the 2nd or 3rd stop, depending on the day.
You’ll board the boat in Lombok at the Teluk Kode Harbor (Bangsal Harbor) and make your way to Jungut Batu Harbor in Nusa Lembongan, stopping at a few islands along the way.
The fee for this service remains at $69. With the ability to book online beforehand, I would choose this option to avoid missing the boat or having to haggle at the port. The complete journey is around 2 – 2.5 hours.
You’re on the boat for a while, so take into consideration the sea conditions. According to the boat companies, April, May & June, October November & mid-December are the best months for sea travel between Lombok and Nusa Penida.
It really is a simple journey from Lombok to Nusa Penida and one that gives you the chance to stop off and see other islands on the way.
Get your ticket: Lombok to Nusa Penida
Java To Nusa Penida
Our final to and from destination on this guide of how to get to Nusa Penida is Java. Getting from Java to Nusa Penida is a slightly bigger journey, involving a little more transport. Fear not I’ve got you covered.
Let’s get into it and discuss how you get from Java to Nusa Penida:
The quickest and easiest way to get from Java to Nusa Penida is going to involve a boat, taxi & plane. The simple breakdown would be to fly from Java to Bali, landing at Denpasar Airport.
With the airport in Bali being close to Sanur port you can grab a taxi at a pretty reasonable price from the airport and make it to the port. Then take the ferry from Sanur, straight to Nusa Penida using the advice in the first point of this post on How To Get To Nusa Penida From Bali.
Doing it this way will involve a little more costs as you’ll be paying for airfare, taxi fair & ferry fair. But this is the quickest and most simple route from Java to Nusa Penida. The total route will set you back around $200.
The route from Java to Nusa Penida will be about 6 hours in total.
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s probably best to book everything in advance. The flights, the taxi & the ferry. Not only will it save you money but most importantly, it’s going to save you time.
As I said, this is probably the biggest lot of travel to and from Nusa Penida but with the right information, it can be super easy & straight forward.
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Mount Bromo Java
WHERE TO STAY ON NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Nusa Penida to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, outdoor swimming pool, free wifi and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen tv’s, private bathrooms and modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida! These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida! There are dorm rooms, double rooms and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
AIRBNB NUSA PENIDA
Another option for accommodation on the island is to stay in an Airbnb, which has some great deals in Nusa Penida.
GETTING AROUND NUSA PENIDA ISLAND
Nusa Penida is quite a large island and it can take up to one hour to get from one side of the island to the other. The best means of transport on the island is on a scooter.
When you arrive at Toya Pakeh harbor in Nusa Penida there are a number of scooter rental shops on the beachfront that will be able to sort you out with some wheels.
I paid 70,000 IDR per day for a scooter rental which came with a full tank of gas so you can expect to pay something around this price.
Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained.
14 EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA
Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to Nusa Penida you may want to read my Ultimate Nusa Penida Travel Guide which includes 14 Epic Things To Do In Nusa Penida!
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I hope you found this Bali to Nusa Penida guide useful and if you have any questions at all about how to get to Nusa Penida, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!