Lembongan is not as difficult to get to as it was even a few years ago. Direct speed boats link several destinations with the two harbours in Lembongan (Jungutbatu and Mushroom Beach). The original public slow-boat still operates between Sanur and Lembongan early in the morning, but it is mostly just used for cargo and a few lost backpackers now. Most people arrive to the island on one of the many speed boat companies. It is a good idea to check which harbor in Lembongan the boat which you are arriving on uses.
The main departure port in Bali which boats to Lembongan leave from is Sanur Beach on Jalan Hang Tuah. (Also known as “Grand Bali Beach” named after the original hotel in the area, or just look for the intersection on Jl Bypass with KFC and Dunkin Donuts). Sanur is a sleepy tourist town and a nice place to spend a night if you arrive after the last boat to Lembongan leaves (5:30pm). If you are arriving to the Sanur harbor by your own transport there are public speed boats that leave regularly to Lembongan. The public speedboat office is located directly at the end of Jl Hang Tuah infront of the motorbike parking area. The public speed boat is cheaper than the private speed boat companies, but the price does not include pick up or drop off (so you will need to negotiate transport to your hotel separately).
Private speed boat companies range in price from 250.000 – 350.000 Rp (one-way) or 500.000 – 600.000 Rp (return) per person. This price will include pick up from your hotel in Bali and drop off to your hotel in Lembongan. The “free pick-up area” for Bali is Sanur, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak… areas such as Canggu, Ubud, Nusa Dua or the Bukit Peninsula are an extra charge of 200.000 Rp/car. Beyond that you will need to hire a car & driver if you are going further.
Departing Sanur – Arrive Jungutbatu Harbor, Lembongan:
Glory Express (8:30am, 11am, 3pm)
Sanur Express (8:30am, 11am, 3pm)
Nirwana (8:45am, 12:30)
Scoot Fast Cruise (9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 17:00)
Sugriwa Express (9:30, 13:30, 17:00)
Rocky Fast Cruise (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:30)
Departing Sanur – Arrive Mushroom Bay, Lembongan:
Mushroom Fast Cruise (9:30, 13:00, 16:30)
Marlin Fast Boat (10:00, 13:00, 16:00)
The Tanis (11:30, 15:30)
Lembongan to Gili Islands (Lombok)
For People arriving to Lembongan from Gili Islands, or planning to visit the Gilis or Lombok after Lembongan there are now direct boats between Lembongan and Gilis/Lombok.
Scoot Fast Cruise operates a direct boat between Lembongan and Gili Islands. This is a popular choice as they have “cruise the tropical triangle” tickets, which is a ticket that can be booked in segments on their boat which operates the following route:
Sanur (Bali) – Lembongan – Gili Trawangan – Gili Air – Senggigi (Lombok)
Lembongan to Padang Bai (North-West Bali)
Guests traveling to or from may want to take the option of traveling by boat between Padang Bai and Lembongan. Padang Bai is the main harbor for boats to Lombok as well as quite close to destinations in Northern Bali such as CandiDasa, Tulamben and Amed.
EkaJaya Express operates the following route:
Serangan (Bali) – Lembongan – Padang Bai (North-East Bali) – Gili T – Gili Air – Teluk Nare (Lombok)
The Lembongan – Padang Bai segment departs Lembongan at 9:30 and in the opposite direction from Padang Bai to Lembongan at 13:00