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How to Get From Sanur to Nusa Penida by Ferry: Complete Guide

How to Get From Sanur to Nusa Penida by Ferry: Complete Guide

Nusa Penida has become one of Indonesia’s must-see islands to explore. Located just 25km off the coast of Bali and neighbouring the island of Nusa Lembongan, it features stunning scenery, untouched landscapes, and a tranquil atmosphere. With so many unique activities to do, this is a destination you will want to add to your bucket list. If you are wondering how to get from Sanur to Nusa Penida, the answer is by ferry with 12Go. You can take a fast boat from the newly built Harbor in Sanur which will then arrive at the island of Nusa Penida within 30-45 minutes.

an aerial view of a small boat in the ocean.


This blog is going to detail how to get from Sanur to Nusa Penida by ferry, including where you need to get the ferry from in Sanur and where you will arrive in Nusa Penida, plus exactly what you need to do to book your trip. There are over 70 sailings daily across seven (sometimes more) operators, with the earliest departing the port at around 7.30am and the latest being at 5.00pm. They offer affordable prices meaning there are Nusa Penida ferry options available for every traveller.

One of the best ways to book your trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida is via 12Go as it offers many options and reliable services, making it the simplest way to plan your travel.

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a group of people riding on the back of a boat

How to get to the Nusa Islands

There are three main options to get to Nusa Penida depending on your budget and how many logistics you want to manage. Here are the three options with the cheapest first:

  1. Book your ticket: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Lembongan – Book a regular ferry that leaves from Sanur to Nusa Penida on the reliable website 12go. You then need to moped or taxi across to Nusa Penida via another ferry/boat.
  2. Book a fast boat: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida – This option is great as you go direct from Bali to Penida without having to stop in Lembongan. This option is only slightly more expensive than stopping in Lembongan. This is my favorite option of the three and can be booked on Klook.
  3. Book a fast boat with hotel pick-up: Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida – This option includes a fast boat from Sanur (Bali) to Nusa Penida but also includes pick-up from your hotel in Bali in a van. This option from GetYourGuide is a bit more expensive but takes all the hassle out of the transit from Bali to Nusa Penida.


If you are looking to book your ticket for the ferry from Sanur in Bali to Nusa Penida without delving into the details of this blog, then here is the quick answer you are looking for. When you book a ticket via 12Go you will be able to view all of the schedules available, the specific operating lines making the journey, exact prices, and the time of travel each ferry takes, making it an easy way for you to find the perfect ferry for your journey.

Ferry Bali - Nusa Penida $ 7.50–11.69 15m – 1h
  •   Speedboat 06:30, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 09:30, 11:45, 12:15, 13:45, 14:00, 15:45, 16:00, 17:00
Van Bali - Nusa Penida $ 23.86–25.45 2h 15m – 3h
  •   Van + Speedboat 07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:10, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:10, 13:00, 13:15, 13:30, 13:40
Ferry Sanur - Nusa Penida $ 6.71–11.84 30m – 1h
  •   Speedboat 06:30, 07:00, 07:25, 07:30, 08:00, 08:15, 08:25, 08:30, 08:55, 09:00, 10:00, 10:15, 10:25, 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:55, 13:00, 14:00, 14:15, 15:00, 15:30, 17:00
Sanur to Nusa Penida


Here are a few key points that are going to help when embarking on your trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida…

Quickest ferry available
There are ferries, also known as fast boats, that only take 30-minutes from Sanur to Nusa Penida, are available approximately 20 times per day. To ensure that you are able to book one of these fast boat journeys, I advise purchasing your ticket in advance with 12Go to avoid the disappointment of missing out.

Cheapest ticket option
The cheapest ferry tickets available are $10 and the travel time with them is short. All ferries that take one hour or less do not go over $15, which makes most of them a fast boat option too. You can check out these options by clicking here.

Arrival time at Sanur Harbor
You must check in at least 1 hour before the departing time of your ferry from Sanur Harbor, so arriving slightly before that hour to ensure you are completely organised and have everything you need is always a good idea.

Luggage allowance on the ferry
Each passenger is allowed approximately between 20-30 kg of luggage on the ferry. Please note that this is dependent on which operating line you book with so please check this before you travel. If you are travelling with a surfboard or any other bulky items, you will also need to check the luggage conditions with the specific operator you are taking the ferry with from Sanur to Nusa Penida.

a group of people standing on top of a boat


The most convenient way to book your ticket for travelling from Sanur in Bali to Nusa Penida by ferry is pre-booking via 12Go. The benefits of this are that it will help in making your journey hassle free and run more smoothly. This option allows you to purchase a ticket at a cheaper price rather than buying one at the port office which will cost more, and could also mean you will have to wait in a queue for a long period as well as potentially resulting in you not getting the ferry time option that you would prefer.

a man sitting on the back of a boat in the water


Sanur Harbor is located on the Southeast of Bali and is known for being the best as well as most beautiful port to travel from Sanura to Nusa Penida via, as it operates seven days per week and has spectacular views of two lighthouses across the glistening ocean water. This is a great port to travel from if you are staying in and round the areas of South Bali, Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta, as each of these locations are all under an hour’s car journey away from Sanur Harbor.

Nusa Penida Ferry


Toyakpakeh, which is also known as ‘your entry point to paradise’, is the best harbour to arrive to via ferry on Nusa Penida as it accomodates the most available journey options, with the opportunity for you to then further travel over to Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands. It also has beautiful views for you to soak up when you arrive as well as before you depart, and hosts some amazing spots for snorkelling or scuba diving. The main arrival locations in Toyakpakeh are called Banjar Nyuh Harbour and Banjar Nyuh Pier. Tickets to travel from Sanur to one of these arrival destinations can be pre-booked via 12Go.

a boat docked at a pier.


Once you have arrived from Sanur to Nusa Penida via Toyakpakeh you can hire or book transportation services directly from the harbour to take you to your final destination, such as scooters or private drivers.

a large yellow bridge over a body of water.


These main two routes offer fast boats from Sanur to Nusa Penida, making the journey over to this bucket list island short and sweet. To pre-book ferry tickets for one of these two arrival destinations in Toyakpakeh, check out the availability on 12Go.

The arrival destination of Banjar Nyuh Harbour hosts 35 journeys per day taking between 30-45 minutes travel time.

The arrival destination of Banjar Nyuh Pier hosts 15 journeys per day taking 30 minutes travel time.


The ferry times are very frequent for this trip, with at least one departing every 30 minutes starting from 7.30am then running up until and including 5.00pm, making it a very convenient journey to take. To avoid the disappointment of missing out on the scheduled time that suits you, I advise you to pre-book your tickets via 12Go.

Sanur to Nusa Panida


This gorgeous island off the South coast of Bali is open all year round to tourists, but if you are looking for the best time to visit then it needs to be between the months of June through to August. During this time Nusa Penida is classed as being in their dry season which gives travellers the chance to explore around the island in a more pleasant environment. It is also nice to go in May and September if you are looking for more options.

Alongside knowing the best time to visit, you need to know how long you should visit for. Spending at least three days here is definitely needed so that you are able to enjoy all that the island has to offer, and if you have the chance to stay longer then you could easily spend a week here. Find out all of the available travel options by ferry from Sanur to Nusa Penida so that you can start planning your trip there!

a man swimming under a manta ray in the ocean.


Watch a sunset at Crystal Bay
It wouldn’t be a trip done right if you didn’t catch a beach sunset in Nusa Penida, if you’re looking for the best spot it is at Crystal Bay. I suggest you arrive there earlier in the day too, so you can enjoy the snorkelling spots here as well.

Swim with Manta Rays
Swimming with manta rays is an exciting experience you can do whilst in Nusa Penida. With a wing span of 5 metres, Manta Rays are majestic creatures with a friendly aura, making it a moment you will never forget.

Walking to Paulang Cliff Viewpoint
Paulang Cliff is a brilliant place to visit as it offers gorgeous views of the interestingly shaped Kelingking T-Rex whilst being in a secluded setting away from where large crowds go. There are many photo platforms surrounding the viewpoint, as well as a swing for you to capture that Instagrammable shot. Once you have checked this out it is just a 5-minute drive down to Kelingking beach, so why not stop by there too!

Exploring Tembeling Beach
Featuring a natural pool, small waterfall, and beautiful forest, Temebling Beach is tucked away along the coast hidden between the cliffs, which makes it a perfect spot for a relaxing day.

A stay in Nusa Penida Treehouse
For a unique overnight stay on the island, Nusa Penida Treehouse which is also known as Rumah Pohon is the place you are going to want to check out. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of geckos and waking up to the most breathtaking views. Make sure to add this one to your bucket list.

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If you are looking for even more activities to do whilst you have fun in Nusa Penida and some tips about staying on the isalnd, then you will want to check out these other blogs…