Bali to Nusa Penida

Last updated on August 30, 2023

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The island of Bali has long been an extremely popular destination, bringing tourists from around the world to its warm waters, beaches, and diving destinations, and to experience its culture and amazing scenery. Bali is, in fact, Indonesia’s top tourist destination, attracting higher numbers of visitors every year. With Bali being such a popular place, it’s surprising that just off the coast sits another island that is stunningly beautiful, yet still quiet in terms of visitor numbers. The island of Nusa Penida has very little in the ay of tourist infrastructure so it’s largely a day-trip destination, but it’s certainly worth that day trip! This hilly and rocky island is quite different to Bali, not least because it’s quieter, with great beaches and places to dive away from the crowds.

Passengers boarding a Ferry on the beach of Nusa Penida.
Ferry going back to Bali from Nusa Penida © Nokuro /

Options for Travel from Bali to Nusa Penida

With Nusa Penida being situated just a short distance off the south-east coast of Bali, it doesn’t take long at all to get from Bali to Nusa Penida. It’s less then 30 kilometers (less than 18 miles) in distance, and although Nusa is still quite quiet compared to Bali itself, many tourists make the trip over the water every day to visit with Bali’s little brother! The only way you can travel from Bali to Nusa Penida is by boat, and there are many ferry operators to choose from. Tour packages are also available from hotels and tour operators on Bali, but expect to pay a lot more for having a fully organized tour. These can be good in some situations, but if you’re hoping to get to Nusa Penida for not much money, definitely go independently.

From Bali, the departure point is around Sanur Beach. This may sound grand, but the boats departs just off the beach, so you will be wading out to them. There are a few different arrival points possible on Nusa Penida. Most will bring you to the most touristy part of the island at Banjar nyuh harbour in the northwest, but some go to the Northeastern part of the island aswell.

Bali to Nusa Penida by Ferry

Ferrys in Bali were passengers will have to wade through the waves to get on and off the boat
Ferries in Bali were passengers will have to wade through the waves to get on and off the boat © sudarat chanthubha /

To name the boats traveling between Bali to Nusa Penida ‘ferries’ is a bit of a misnomer in the common sense of the word. Yes, the boats do ferry people from one place to another, but when you hear the word ‘ferry’ you’re probably thinking of a larger boat, perhaps even one that can hold vehicles. Well, the ferries going between Bali to Nusa Penida are actually oversized speedboats that only hold a limited number of passengers. They travel at quite high speeds and the journey will be rougher than it would in a much larger boat, so if you think you’re prone to motion sickness, you may want to take some medication before-hand!

Although the ride may be rougher than you’re used to, it’s over quite quickly. Most ferries from Bali to Nusa Penida take around 30 minutes to make the crossing, but do be aware that there are few different places that you can head off from on Bali, and a few different arrival points on Nusa Penida too, so journey times can vary.

Interior and exterior of a DCamel Fast Boat
DCamel Fast Boat can be booked on 12Go.

It’s good to know that because there are numerous different ferry operators, there are many crossings to choose from, however, they can still get booked up very fast on the day of travel. We recommend leaving Bali on one of the earliest boats so that you have a full day there, but these morning boats are the most popular, for obvious reasons. You can get to Sanur Harbor around 7am in the hope of buying tickets for the first ferry at 7:30am, but in order to make sure you get on that boat, why not book your tickets in advance rather than taking a gamble of the day you want to go?

Tickets for multiple different ferry operators from Bali to Nusa Penida can be booked very easily online with the travel website They will show you multiple ferry companies and many different ferry times, so you can choose which one is best for you, or just go ahead and book that earliest one in the morning!

Prices do vary across the different companies but there’s really not much to separate the services. Look at reviews on 12Go to see what other travelers thought of each service, and make a decision from there. Nearly all of these companies offering ferries from Bali to Nusa Penida have instant booking on that website, so it’s great for peace of mind, even if you end up booking just a day or so beforehand.

How long is the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida?

Nusa Penida sits about 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of the southern end of Bali, so it’s only a short distance to get from one island to the other. The ferry ride (more lika speedboat) from Bali to Nusa Penida takes around 30 minutes. It is quick, but can be quite bumpy on the rough seas.

Can you do a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali?

Yes, you can do a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali. The fast boats only take about 30 minutes. However, we recommend staying for at least a few days so that you can fully enjoy all that these tropical Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida islands have to offer!

Jungut Batu Village in Nusa Lembongan
How long is the ferry ride from Sanur to Nusa Penida?

The ferry ride from Bali to Nusa Nusa Penida takes around 30 minutes.

How much is the fast boat from Bali to Nusa Penida?

The fast boat from Bali to Nusa Penida costs around 150,000 IDR or $10. With many different ferry operators to choose from. Ferry tickets can be bought online. Most departures are around 8am from Sanur Beach.

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