Nusa Lembongan is beautiful, you can do a day trip to the island, or you can spend a few days there, either way getting to the island is very easy.
We booked with Marlin Lembongan Cruises, on recommendation from our hotel. For $55 USD each they picked us up from the airport, we then caught the boat across, and they arranged transfers to your hotel on the island. And then when we came back they picked us up from the hotel, we caught the cruiser back to Sanur, and then they will either drop you at your next hotel, or back at the airport.
Wear shorts and thongs. You need to walk into the water to get to the boat (no jetty) so wearing shorts means your clothes aren’t going to get wet, which is always a bonus. And you take your shoes off before boarding, they put them all in a basket and you collect at the other end, not only are thongs easy to take off and put on at the other end, but if they get pinched it’s not a big deal. Whilst we didn’t see anyone taking the wrong shoes by accident, there were a couple of ladies with rather nice strappy shoes, so taking them on and off proved a little difficult, especially with wet sandy feet at the other end.
The boats do get pretty packed, so if you want a seat inside and sitting next to someone make sure you get on board as quickly as possible. And listen to the guys on the boat, because of the tides the water can be quite rough, they will let you know when to get on/off, and will give you a helping hand.
When you get to the island, they will offload your luggage and then put you in separate pick up trucks and transport you to your hotel.
The guys running the process do a fantastic job. From loading all your luggage on top of the boat, to helping you get on board, to organising at the other end who is going with which drivers. It may seem like chaos, but it is organised chaos and it works well.
A little word of advice, if you are flying out on an evening flight don’t take the last boat off the island for the night, we watched one of the boats (from another company) get beached, and it was quite stressful for some people, not the way you want to end a nice relaxing holiday.
Also don’t drink too much the night before if you don’t like boats, they aren’t huge ferry’s and they do move quite a bit with the swell.
Marlin Lembongan Cruiser departs Sanur (Bali) 3 times a day 10.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm and departs Lembongan 3 times a day 8.30am, 11.30am and 3.00pm. And the journey is about 30 minutes. To go to their website click here they are very helpful.
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