Last updated on June 22nd, 2020 at 12:03 pm
Nusa Islands (Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida) are a 45-minute boat ride from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida by ferry which is now becoming one of the busiest islands these days. Nusa Penida is perfect for a Bali tour. In this blog post, we will give how to get to Nusa Penida schedule and prices.If you want more information read our full Nusa Penida travel guide!
We’ve been in Nusa Penida Island twice already. With just a few months difference, we noticed how the island has become very famous among tourists in that short amount of time. And yes, it’s actually no wonder that this place is gaining popularity because it’s definitely one of the best places that we have ever visited together!
Best Time to Visit Nusa Penida
Great news for all travelers: Nusa Penida is a destination that can be visited all year round! It just depends on what activities you’d like to focus on during your trip. If you’re traveling to the island to get a tan and to lounge at the beach, the best time to visit Nusa Penida is from April to October.
Those who are interested in diving should visit from September to November to enjoy the best diving spots. If you’re backpacking Nusa Penida in July, August, and the Christmas and New Year holidays, make sure to book your tickets in advance as it is the island’s high season. On the other hand, fewer people visit Nusa Penida during from February to June so there are plenty of deals and discounts waiting during this time.
No matter what time of year, Nusa Penida’s weather does not disappoint. Just make sure to plan your trip wisely based on the thrills you seek in this island.
How to get to Nusa Penida
Bali to Nusa Penida easiest way (Sanur Boat to Nusa Penida)
If you want to get from Bali to Nusa Penida. The easiest route to take when traveling from Bali to Nusa Penida is going to Sanur by boat to Nusa Penida. Well, Sanur isn’t one of the most popular places to stay in Bali. If you choose to go to Sanur, you can reach it through Go Jek, Grab and Blue Bird Taxi. If you will stay in Canggu, Kuta or Ubud for example, it will take you around one hour or more (depending on the traffic) to reach Sanur.
Once in Sanur you can take a fast boat to Nusa Penida. The ride cost us 350K IND Rupiah ($25 USD) to go both ways. It is much cheaper to buy a two-way ticker since we’ll obviously head back to Bali anyway. You can try to find some boats with cheaper prices but we noticed that all companies pretty much offer the same prices.
We went from Bali to Nusa Penida at around 12 PM. There were boats leaving as early as 10 AM and there are trips until 4 PM every two hours or so. When leaving Nusa Penida, they have a similar schedule though we chose to leave the island at 7 AM to get to Sanur early in the morning.
It’s always best to catch the first boat to Nusa Penida if you’ll only be going on a day trip to Nusa Penida so you can make the most out of your stay.
The boat to Nusa Penida travel time is around 30-40 minutes and the trip was really nice especially when you pass by Nusa Lembongan, another great destination in Bali, as you get closer to Nusa Penida.
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How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida the cheapest Way (Local Boat to Nusa Penida)
If you go to Sanur beach by motorbike Grab, Go Jek. There is public boat called Jukung will cost you around 40K IDR. The travel time will be around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Nusa Penida Island.
The problem it’s not easy to find this boat and just a few foreigners were able to catch it to go to Nusa Penida. The fast boat from Sanur will take only 45 minutes to reach Nusa Penida Island.
How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida Island by Ferry from Padang Bai
If you want to get from Bali to Nusa Penida by ferry from Padang Bai we recommend you to join the local ferry from Padang Bai for 40K IDR ($3 USD). We took the ferry for the first time and the ride from there was just an hour and a half. You’ll also find cheaper accommodations in this area where the ferries are. There’s much cheaper food and even cheaper rates for renting a motorbike here.
You can even bring your own motorbike inside the ferry from Pagang Bai to Nusa Penida will cost you 50K IDR extra. The boat departure is daily at 11 am. We did this one in our first time in Nusa Penida Island. It will be one of the cheapest way to get to Nusa Penida Island from Bali.
How to get to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan
There are public boats going from Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan to North Nusa Penida leaving around 6 am. You can also get a boat going to Nusa Penida for 60K IDR one way or 120K IDR return. The boats are good enough for around 10 people and you just need to wait until is full.
The boats leave from Yellow Bridge and get to Toya Pakeh Harbour in Nusa Penida. It will take around 15 minutes to get there. If you want to return to Nusa Lembogan from Nusa Penida you have to do do the same and boats are leaving from 2pm to 5 pm.
Once in Toya Pakeh you will find places to stay if you are planning to spend a few days in Nusa Penida Island as we recommend you to do. You can also rent a motorbike for around 70-80K IDR and drive around the island.
If you don’t have much time to visit Nusa Penida, this could be the best option for you. You can rent a motorbike or a car and you can just visit the main attractions in Nusa Penida: the Northern part where you can visit Kelingking Viewpoint, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and even Crystal Bay. If you have more time to spend, you can choose to go South and spend an amazing day in Atuh Beach.
How to get to Nusa Penida Island from Lombok and Gilli Islands
If you want to get to Nusa Lembongan from Lombok and Gilli Islands there is a daily boat leaving 12 45 pm from Lombok in Senggigi. The ferry is getting to Gili Trawangan at 1 15 pm and getting to Nusa Lembongan at 4 pm.
Prices are around 600K INR for one way. If you want to go from Nusa Lembongan to Lombok the ferry leaves at 10 30 am and getting to Gili Trawangan at 12 45 pm and 1 15 pm to Senggigi Teluk Kode in Lombok.
Other Places to get to Nusa Penida Island
You can also get to Nusa Penida from Kusumba and Tribuana these fishing villages are between Padang Bai and Sanur Beach. The speedboats will take around 30 minutes to reach Nusa Penida and it will cost around 100-150K IDR. The departures are around 7 am, noon and 3 pm.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida Island
If you are coming from Sanur, we recommend you to stay near the port. There are a few options in Nusa Penida for accommodations from guesthouses and inns to nice hotels and resorts.
Room rates start at 200k IND Rupiah ($15 USD) for a private room with bathroom. You can get a modest room for this price and comes with pretty good internet connection. I mean, sure, there’s internet signal but don’t expect high speeds when in Nusa Penida.
The first time we visited Nusa Penida a year ago, we stayed near the local port coming from Padang Bai and prices were much cheaper then. We found a room for only 150k IND Rupiah. We highly recommend staying near the port since it’s very convenient to travel from here.
There aren’t a lot of places to sleep in Nusa Penida so it’d be better if you can book in advance. If you want to try AirBnB, it’s also available in Nusa Penida. Click this link to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
If you are staying in Nusa Lembongan or planning to visit, make sure that you read our blog post of things to do in Nusa Lembongan. You can enjoy snorkeling, going on a mangrove tour and visiting our favorite place in Nusa Lembongan: Devil’s Beach. You can’t actually swim there but you will definitely enjoy the amazing cliff views!
For more of our adventures, check out how to climb Mount Rinjani in Lombokand read how to hike Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines.
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