The second half of our journey involved crossing from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan. One way of doing that was to take a boat to mainland and then one to Nusa Lembongan but that was both expensive and time consuming. Unnecessary too! The best way to get from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan is to take the small boats as the locals call them. The journey is short, pleasant and rather easy. Just don’t expect the larger fast boats that are part of your travel like when you cross over from Bali to Nusa Penida or Lembongan.
GETTING THE TICKET
The ticket office in Nusa Penida.
The tickets for the small boat from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan can be obtained at the Toya Pakeh Harbour. You can find the location easily on Google maps. The kiosk for the tickets is right on the entrance to the beach and is hard to miss. We paid 50,000 IDR/person to take the boat across. The interesting thing about this boat is that it doesn’t particularly have a fixed time. You buy your ticket and wait till there are enough passengers. Luckily the waiting area is on the beach and you have a great view. The last boat departs at around 4 pm in the evening.
THE JOURNEY NUSA PENIDA TO NUSA LEMBONGAN
I don’t have much to comment on the journey across. It was quick and simple. The boat was small so we were just eight of us. Simple benches line both sides of the boat and your luggage can either be placed on the centre or on your knees. We chose on our knees because we did not want it to get wet.
DROP OFF ON NUSA LEMBONGAN
Interestingly enough, we thought that the drop off was on the mushroom beach at Nusa Lembongan. We were wrong. The local boats stop off at the yellow bridge. The place was rather active with a lot of people trying to peddle us rides. We finally decided to go with someone who charged us 50,000 IDR/person to take us to mushroom beach. It was a lot considering that we had just crossed over for the same price but that was the lowest we could haggle down to. We quickly realized that costs on Nusa Lembongan are much much higher than Nusa Penida which was another thing that we had not expected.
WHERE TO STAY
We found a great variety of options available in both Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. It made making our choice extremely difficult. That was why we chose our accommodation based on ease and access to the spots we wanted to visit. In retrospect, I can honestly say that we loved both the locations we chose.
IN NUSA LEMBONGAN
A glimpse of the Koji Huts in Nusa Lembongan.
I highly recommend staying at Koji Garden huts while at Nusa Lembongan. It is close enough to the beaches in mushroom bay and almost everything in the area is within walking distance. The staff are great and extremely helpful but the breakfast there will blow your mind. They had the best pancakes! Yummm… I’m drooling thinking about them. They also rent motorbikes for 70,000 IDR/day which is the island standard so you can be mobile which is something you will probably want.
IN NUSA PENIDA
Govardhan Bungalows were our pick of accommodation and we did loved it!
We loved Govardhan bungalows in Nusa Penida for a variety of reasons. The location was a little way off from the main road, it was affordable and had a great pool. The online reviews raved about it too. When we reached there, we were not disappointed. The staff were super helpful, the delicious breakfast was served with a view of Mount Agung and the rooms were large, spacious and extremely comfortable. Would I stay there again if I was in the area? The answer is a definite yes!