Sanur to Nusa Lembongan with Rocky Fast Boats

Every day, from early morning to early evening, you will find fast boats travelling between Sanur and Nusa Lembongan. It is nearly a right of passage for visitors to Bali to travel onto Lembongan Island to spend a few days before returning to Bali. One of the most popular ways to get there is by Rocky Fast Boat to Lembongan.

How long is the Rocky Fast Boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan Island?

When you’re standing at the Port of Sanur, you can see the island of Nusa Lembongan. The distance is 20 kilometres, but since we are referring to boat travel, it’s 10.9 nautical miles from Sanur Harbour to Nusa Lembongan.

The Sanur Nusa Lembongan boats are not called fast boats for nothing, Rocky boats typically travel at speeds ranging from 25 to 30 knots as they cross the Bali Sea.

Rocky Fast Boat operating times from Sanur Port

Rocky Fast Boat’s schedules vary from season to season, but they typically run a boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. daily.

The Nusa Lembongan to Sanur ferry service starts on Lembongan every day, so if the first ferry from Sanur is at 10 a.m., a scheduled service will leave Lembongan Island at 9 a.m.

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Sanur ferry fares and how to buy tickets

Rocky offers two types of tickets on their Sanur to Lembongan fast boat to Lembongan Island.

  • Ticket Type 1: From Sanur Harbour to Rocky Harbour on Nusa Lembongan
  • Ticket Type 2: From Sanur Harbour to Rocky Harbour on Nusa Lembongan, including pick-up from your Bali accommodations (check if available at your location) and drop-off at your Nusa Lembongan accommodation.

Where to find the ferry at Sanur

The Fast Boats to Nusa Lembongan leave Sanur from the Port of Sanur facility, located at 87H6+X69, Jl. Matahari Terbit in Sanur.

Map of Port of Sanur in Bali, Indonesia
Port of Sanur on a map

Facilities at Sanur Port

The Port of Sanur facility is quite new, and it was only built in the last few years. Even though the building is modern, with air-conditioned waiting rooms, there are no food and beverage facilities.

You will find restaurants and small shops located adjacent to the Port Building, where you can grab something to eat while waiting for the boats to Lembongan.

Waiting to board the ferry

The new Port of Sanur Building has plenty of seating in air-conditioned waiting areas. There are toilets, a small kid’s play area, and an outdoor area for smokers or people wanting to stretch before getting on the fast boat to Nusa Lembongan.

Inside the Port of Sanur building
Waiting to board at the Port of Sanur

There is not much to do at the port, so have your phone charged or bring a book while waiting for the Sanur Lembongan boat. I personally would not arrive until 30 minutes before boarding.

The new modern facility works like an airport, your boat departure will be announced, and you need to line up and scan your tickets before being allowed onto the boarding area.

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What to expect on board the ferry

These fast boats that run between Sanur and the islands of Bali are pretty basic. You will generally find the boats have three or four seats on either side of the middle aisle.

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The inside of the Rocky Fast Boat

There is one toilet onboard, but honestly, I would be waiting for you to arrive to use the toilet. If you have big suitcases, your luggage is put on the roof of the boat, and off you go.

The trip is only 30-35 minutes long, so you don’t need much onboard. The Rocky fast boat Sanur to Lembongan boats are just big, enclosed-speed boats that get the journey done quickly.

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Arriving at Nusa Lembongan

Rockys is the only company that has its own jetty in Nusa Lembongan. Otherwise, you disembark into the water on the beach. While this may seem adventurous and unique, it’s certainly not a good idea if the water is rough.

At Rockys on Lembongan, you step straight off the boat and onto a jetty. If you have booked the tickets, including hotel transfers, you head to the car park, and the staff will instruct you on which vehicle to get in.

Just be aware that the roads in Lembongan are in poor shape, and transport to your hotel will be on the back of a ute, much like a tuk-tuk. Hold on tight as the drivers whip around corners and over bumps on the way. Popular areas to stay in Nusa Lembongan include Mushroom Bay and Jungubatu.

Getting the ferry from Nusa Lembongan to Sanur

You will find that Rocky’s fast boat basically goes back and forth; after one arrives, it leaves an hour later to go back. So, five times a day, the boat goes from Lembongan to Sanur and from Sanur to Lembongan.

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Catching the boat back from Rockys at Nusa Lembongan

If you booked the hotel pick-up tickets, you will get picked up 1 hour before departure from your hotel and taken back to Rockys Lembongan Port to catch the boat to Sanur.

You can buy drinks and snacks onsite to have while waiting. There is also a seating area under the shade for you to use while you wait for the boat.

Usually, the boat arrives from Sanur. They offload passengers and luggage, and you start boarding for your trip on the Nusa Lembongan boats to Sanur.

Final thoughts on taking the Sanur to Lembongan Island ferry

Don’t expect luxury on the Rockys or other fast boats going to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur. These boats are practical, fast, and will get you from point to point.

If the ocean is rough, these boats will bounce around some on the swell, but with the journey only a little over 30 minutes, it will be over fast enough. As we said, Rockys is not the only company, and they can be a little more expensive than some others, but you are paying to get off the boat on a jetty, not the beach.

The boats are roomier than some others, and let’s be honest, comfort is important to us all. Nusa Lembongan is worth a visit, so book your tickets and head off on the adventure.

Best time to go to Bali

The best time to visit Sanur and other spots in Bali, Indonesia, is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is generally sunny with low humidity, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, swimming, snorkelling, and reading a book while lying by the pool.

April and October shoulder seasons can also be good times to visit Sanur, as the weather is still pleasant but with fewer crowds. Pack your suitcase and book your flights for one of the best periods to visit attractions such as Bali Zoo, Waterbom and the Monkey Forest.

However, if you don’t mind the occasional rain shower, visiting Sanur during the wet season from October to March can also have advantages. The lush greenery and cooler temperatures can be refreshing, but ensure you have a waterproof bag and umbrella for your outings in case of a downpour.

It’s worth noting that Sanur in Bali is a popular tourist destination, and the peak season for tourism is from June to August. Planning your visit outside these months is best if you prefer to avoid crowds and higher prices.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post about Sanur Bali! We hope you found it informative and helpful when planning your trip to this beautiful region. If you’re looking for more information about things to do in Sanur, recommendations for places to eat, or where to go from Sanur, be sure to check out our website.

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Things to do in Sanur and its content is created by two Australians who have been to Sanur many times. We have enjoyed food and drink on the beach, we have sipped coffee on Jalan Danau Tamblingan. We have stayed in homestays and hotels in Sanur and made day trips to see the best of Bali. Not only that, but we aim to keep the information fresh by continuing to visit Sanur and getting first-hand information off our Balinese friends.

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