Island Hopping in Bali: How to get around by boat?

Did you know that it is a piece of cake to explore Bali's neighbour islands? Find out how to get from Bali to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, the Gili Island, Lombok and Java by boat!

Traveling to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, the Gili Island, Lombok and Java by boat!

Exploring Bali’s neighbour islands is something you definitely shouldn’t miss, especially for the island lovers. As going by boat is the best and the easiest way to get into the islands, it is not hurt to be prepared and be informed about this topic. Let the journey begins and find out how to get to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, the Gili Island, Lombok and Java by boat!

Explore Bali’s neighbour islands by boat!

We have all agreed that exploring Bali is definitely not complete without including a trip to the neighbour islands. Now, the big question comes up: How to get around by boat from Bali? There are many options for perfect island getaways, or even longer trips like for example to Lombok and Java to explore the beautiful diverse surroundings of the island of Bali. Getting around by boat from Bali isn’t difficult at all, and to make it easier, we made a big overview with harbours, ferries and the schedules!

Get to know: Harbours in Bali


There are seven main harbours in Bali that operate boats and ferries to connect you to other Indonesian Islands. Harbours in East Bali connect you to Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Lombok and the Gili Islands and the West Bali harbour is the link to Java.

  • Gili Manuk Harbour: Public ferry link between Bali and Java.
  • Padangbai Harbour: Public ferry and fast boat to Lombok, the Gili’s & Nusa Penida.
  • Sanur Harbour: Fast boats to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & the Gili’s.
  • Serangan Harbour: Fast boats to Lombok, the Gili’s, Gili Gede & Nusa Lembongan.
  • Benoa Harbour: Fast boats to Lombok & the Gili’s.
  • Amed Harbour: Fast boats to Lombok & the Gili’s.
  • Kusumba Harbour: Local boat & fast boat to Nusa Penida.


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Let’s go island hopping in Bali


Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, and the Gili Islands are only a short boat ride from Bali. It is a mandatory to not miss on those islands while you are having your trip to Bali. But first, let us answer the most asked question on this topic: How to get from Bali to…. by boat?

How to get from Bali to Lombok by boat?


From which harbour in Bali can I go to Lombok main Island?

You can catch a fast boat or ferry to Lombok from Padangbai, Serangan, Benoa Harbour & Amed.

Scheduled Fast boats from Bali to Lombok

Padangbai – Lombok (Bangsal)

8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM

Amed to Lombok (Bangsal)

9:30 AM

Sanur to Lombok (Senggigi)

9:30 AM

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How to get from Bali to the Gili’s in Lombok?

From which harbour in Bali can I go to the Gili’s?

You can catch a fast boat to the Gili’s from Padangbai, Serangan, Benoa Harbour & Amed.

Padangbai to Gili Trawangan & Gili Air

8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Padangbai to Gili Meno

9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM

Serangan to Gili Trawangan, Gili Air

8:00 AM, 8:30 AM

Amed to Gili Trawangan & Gili Air

9:30 AM

Sanur to Gili Air, Gili Trawangan & Gili Meno

9:30 AM

The Gili Islands are full of treasures! Take a swing in the middle of the ocean, go snorkling with sea trutles in a crystal clear water, all you can do here. Escape the busy life, get inspired with our list of best things to do in Gili Islands!

How to get from Bali to Nusa Lembongan by boat?


From which harbour in Bali can I go to the Nusa Lembongan?

You can catch a fast boat or local boat to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur and Serangan Harbour. Nusa Lembongan is a beautiful island to explore and you can get there in only 45 minutes from Bali! Find out some amazing things to do in Nusa Lembongan and hop on the boat!

Sanur to Nusa Lembongan

08:00 AM, 08:30 AM, 09.30 AM, 09.15 AM, 10.00 AM, 11.00 AM, 11:15 AM, 11.30 11:45 AM, 12.00 PM, 12:30 PM, 01.00 PM, 01.15 PM, 01.30 PM, 01:45 PM, 02.00 PM, 02:30 PM, 03.00 PM, 04.00 PM, 04.30 PM, 05.00 PM, 05:15 PM, 05.30 PM


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How to get from Bali to Nusa Penida?


From which harbour in Bali can I go to the Nusa Penida?

You can catch a fast boat or local boat to Nusa Penida from Sanur, Serangan Harbour and Kusumba. Are you ready to travel back in time? There are a lot of things to do in Nusa Penida if you’re in for culture, nature and stunning beaches!

Fast boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida

07.30 AM, 08:00AM, 08:15 AM, 08.30 AM, 10.00 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM, 03:00PM, 03:15 PM, 4.00 PM, 04:15 PM, 04.30 PM, 05.30 PM

Padangbai to Nusa Penida with Roro Nusa Jaya Abadi (state-owned Ship)

The Roro Ferry is a good way to get to Nusa Penida, if you want to bring your car/motorcycle. Departures are daily at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM and the trip takes approximately 1 hour. The ticket is about Rp. 15,000 per person and additional Rp.20,000 if you bring your scooter along.

Pesinggahan Village (close to Padangbai) to Nusa Penida

7:30 AM, 3:00 PM4:00 PM

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How to get from Bali to Java?

Gili Manuk is the ferry port at Bali’s westernmost tip and connects Bali and Java. Ferries depart every 20 minutes, 24 hours during the day and about every 30 minutes at night. The crossing takes only 30 minutes including loading and docking time.

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How to book your boat transfer from Bali?

The hours, schedules and operators might change with seasons, weather and other conditions. An easy way to book your boat transfer is with your accommodation, or with local tour operators in the harbour. Some of them show their schedules online, but please note that this might change during seasons and weather changes. Many hosts are happy to help you organise your trip, or have their recommendations to help you out.

You have any questions about getting around by boat & ferry around Bali?

If you already know when do you want to go back to Bali, better to buy return ticket. Especially in high season, the chance of tickets being sold out is higher. Some company do have policy of open return ticket, which means the return ticket is flexible and you don’t have to choose a specific time or date to return to Bali. Usually they do have an expiration date though. Please make sure about this to your boat operator.

It depends on the boat operator, but normally to Gili Islands it will cost around IDR 500,000 – IDR 700,000 return. To Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan it will cost IDR 300,000 – IDR 500,000 return.

Normally yes it is already included transfers from and to your hotel in Bali. However it is best to always ask your boat operator before buying the tickets. Even if it’s not included, usually you can ask them to do the transfers from and to your hotel with some extra charge.

If you don’t mind paying more, Gili Getaway, BlueWater Express, and Patagonia Express seem to be the fast boat operators with the best reviews and safety ratings. Other options to consider is Scoot Cruise. Try to avoid Eka Jaya, Marina Srikandi, and Gili Cat as there were some accidents with them in the last few years and the reviews are not so good either.

There is always a usual risk for transportations in Indonesia as you might find that not all is equipped with western standard. This is especially true on the busy routes linking Bali, Nusa Lembongan, Lombok and the Gilis, where both the fast tourist boats and the public car ferries have had accidents. It is essential that you take responsibility for your own safety. Always check for safety equipment: make certain your boat has life jackets and that you know how to locate and use them. Also, check for life rafts and look for exits.

Things go wrong, and boats may not show up, overbooked, or cancelled altogether due to bad weather. It is always best to check the wind and wave beforehand on Magic Seaweed or ask your boat operator about the swell prediction. Sometimes when the tide is too high and the swell is too big, the boats might not run and this happens few times a year. Better avoid taking this risk and give yourself at least a day to get back to Bali before flying back home.

Generally, there are plenty of boats going in and out of harbours in Bali everyday so there’s no need to worry if the tickets will be fully booked. However, just to be on the safe side, it’s always recommended to book at least a day before you go especially during high season.

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