Travelling from Bali to Nusa Penida is incredibly easy, meaning you don’t have to do a Nusa Penida tour in order to visit. There are a number of different ways to get to the island, including a jukung public boat and a private transfer, but the best way is to use the Nusa Penida fast boat service, which takes just 45 minutes from Sanur.
A number of different companies offer a fast boat service to Nusa Penida, leaving from Sanur, Kusamba and Padang Bai several times a day, and they can be booked at one of the many tourist offices that are located throughout towns like Seminyak, Kuta and Ubud. Many of the companies also include transfers, picking you up from your hotel on Bali and dropping you at your accommodation on Nusa Penida. If you book a return, they will then pick you up and drop you off too. Bear in mind that this is dependent on how far from the ferry port you are staying.
How to get to Nusa Penida: Crown Fast Ferries
I recommend using Crown Fast Ferries in order to get from Bali to Nusa Penida. They will pick you up from your accommodation in one of the eight locations listed below and drive you to the Sanur ferry port. Here they have an official Crown Fast Ferries desk, where you will check in and wait for the ferry to depart.
The boat is brand new, has comfortable seating and comes fully equipped with life jackets, first aid equipment and complimentary water. The staff are also very helpful and are on hand to help if you get travel sick or have any problems. You will have to wade through the sea in order to board the boat, but this is the case no matter which company you book with. Just make sure you wear shorts and it isn’t too bad – I’m 5ft 4 and the water came up to my thighs.
If you’re not staying too far from the harbour, Crown Fast Ferries will then drop you at your accommodation when you arrive on Nusa Penida. When you return to Bali, they will take you back to one of the eight drop off locations – this doesn’t have to be the same location as the one you were picked up from. See below for the daily schedule and all the information on the pick-up and drop off service. Alternatively, check the Gili Fast Boat website for up-to-date information. If you are staying somewhere other than one of the eight locations, you can either pay extra for a drop off at your chosen destination or ask which of the drop off points is closest to your final destination and then make your own way from there.
How to get to Nusa Penida: The cost
The official price for the Nusa Penida fast boat with Crown Fast Ferries is IDR 400,000 for one way and IDR 600,000 for a return. However, the ticket office that we booked through gave us a return for IDR 450,000, so it’s worth haggling.
How to get to Nusa Penida: Crown Fast Ferries schedule
|Sanur||Nusa Penida||8.15 AM||11.15 AM||3.15 PM|
|Nusa Penida||Sanur||9.45 AM||1.45 PM||4.45 PM|
How to get to Nusa Penida: Crown Fast Ferries shuttle service
|Area||Pick Up Time|
|First departure 08.15||Second departure 11.15||Last departure 15.15|
|Sanur||07.00 – 07.15||10.00 – 10.15||14.15 – 14.50|
|Kuta,Legian||06.15 – 06.30||09.00 – 09.15||12.15 – 12.30|
|Seminyak/ Kerobokan||06.15 – 06.30||08.30 – 08.45||12.15 – 12.30|
|Canggu Club||06.00 – 06.30||08.30 – 08.45||12.15 – 12.30|
|Jimbaran Central||06.15 – 06.30||08.30 – 08.45||12.15 – 12.30|
|Nusa Dua||06.15 – 06.30||08.30 – 08.45||12.15 – 12.30|
|Ubud Central||06.15 – 06.30||08.30 – 08.45||12.15 – 12.30|
|Airport||Depend Arrival Time / Request|
- Transport service (pick up and drop off) is based on seat in coach (SIC).
- Meeting Point Drop Off Service Coco Mart Ubud, Canggu Club, Mcd Jimbaran
- Additional charge for pick-up and drop-off service to Sawangan, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Balangan, Padang-Padang at IDR 150.000/car.
- Additional charge for pick-up and drop-off service to Payangan, Tegalalang, Pejeng at IDR 200.000/car.
- Additional charge for pick-up and drop-off service to Batu Bolong Beach, Echo Beach, Pererenan Beach at IDR 150.000/car.