How to get to Nusa Penida

First of all, you need to get to Denpasar, the capital of Bali province. The fastest and most popular way to reach Denpasar is by flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport. If you are coming from the western part of Indonesia you can also use the ferry from Java and bus\taxi from Gilimanuk harbor. If you are coming from East Indonesia, Lombok, Gili islands you can drop off at Padangbai harbor.

Whichever your way is, you can choose several options on how to reach Nusa Penida from the Bali mainland.

From Sanur to Nusa Penida

The easiest and the most comfortable way is by speedboat from Sanur harbor (30-40 minutes).

Online bookingHarbor in Sanur is located here. It is also the same starting point for speedboats to Nusa Lembongan. There are big traffic jams on Jl. Matahari Terbit (small street which is going to the harbor from main road), keep in mind this and come in advance when you are planning your trip to Penida.

Different speedboat companies operate on different piers on Nusa Penida between Sampalan and Toyapakeh. We recommend to check the schedule and book a ticket in advance and come to the harbor half an hour before departure.

You can book your speedboat tickets online here.

Below you can find the list of transport companies, their schedules, and prices. There are plenty of them.
Most speedboats arrive at Toyapakeh village, exception is Mola-Mola Express and Idola – they are coming to Sampalan.
Please, notice! We do not sell tickets. To buy your ticket you can contact your chosen company directly by following the contacts below or this link.

Nusa Penida. How to get there

Angels Billabong Fast Cruise

The price is IDR 150.000 for one way.
Contacts. Sanur:  +62 897-5454-140. Nusa Penida: +62 821-4404-8323.
Sanur — Nusa Penida: 07:30, 10:00, 14:15, 17:00
Nusa Penida — Sanur: 07:20, 09:00, 13:00, 17:00

Semabu Hills Fast Cruises

The price is IDR 150.000 for one way.
Contacts: +62 821-4497-5411.
Sanur — Nusa Penida: 06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 13:00, 15:00
Nusa Penida — Sanur: 08:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00

Maruti Express

The price is IDR 125.000 for one way.
Contacts. Sanur: +62 812-4689-2524. Nusa Penida: +62 813-3875-4848
Sanur — Nusa Penida: 07:30, 09:00, 15:00
Nusa Penida — Sanur: 07:30, 12:30, 16:30

Gogun Axe Stone Fast Cruise

The price is IDR 150.000 for one way.
Contacts: +62 813-3975-2533, +62 812-3762-1130
Sanur — Nusa Penida: 07:30, 08:15, 11:00, 15:30
Nusa Penida — Sanur: 09:15, 14:30, 16:30, 17:00

Idola Express

The price is IDR 150.000 for one way.
Contacts: +62 81-808-072-488, +62 87-862-251-814
Sanur — Nusa Penida (Sampalan): 08:15, 14:00
Sanur — Nusa Penida (Banjarnyuh): 08:30, 10:15, 15:00
Nusa Penida (Sampalan)— Sanur: 13:00, 17:00
Nusa Penida (Banjarnyuh)— Sanur: 09:30, 14:00, 16:30

Ganesha Express

The price is IDR 175.000 for one way.
Contacts: +62 812-4641-4811
Sanur — Nusa Penida: 08:30, 10:30, 15:00
Nusa Penida — Sanur: 09:30, 14:00, 16:30

From Padanbai to Nusa Penida

The second option is a ferry boat from Padangbai for those who want to come to Nusa Penida by their own transport.

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It costs about IDR 35.000 per person, 50.000 per motorbike and around 300.000 per car.
First, you need to buy a ticket for passengers, and then after, passing the control border you pay for transport.

For now it announced 2 ferries per day from Padang Bay – 09.30 and 14.30, and from Nusa Penida at 07.00 and 12.00 (excepting Sunday, when it should be only morning ferry at 07.00 from Nusa Penida and 09.30 from Padang Bay). The journey lasts more than an hour.

The schedule could be flexible (rather later but could be even earlier) so better to arrive 1 hour if you go by motorbike, and up to 3 hours earlier if you go by car. There is also a chance of a long queue there.

If you want to visit Nusa Penida just for a couple of days we don’t recommend choosing this option – the schedule is very flexible, and sometimes you can spend half of the day waiting for the boat. The fast boats from Sanur are much more reliable and convenient.

From Kusamba to Nusa Penida

For those who are moving to Nusa Penida from the North or East of Bali, it would be closer to catch a speedboat from Kusamba or Tribuana (villages near Padangbai). A speedboat ride takes around 20-30 minutes only.

Gangga Express

Sekar Jaya
The price is IDR 100.000 for one way.
Contacts. Kusamba: +62 877-5065-2696, +62 852-0555-2276. Nusa Penida: +62 857-3829-7015.
Kusamba — Nusa Penida: 07:15, 08:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00
Nusa Penida — Kusamba: 07:00, 08:00, 10:30, 13:30, 15:30
On Nusa Penida pier located in Sampalan.
Gangga Express
Price is IDR 100.000 for one way.
On Nusa Penida company has two piers in Sampalan and Buyuk. Each pier has a different schedule.
Contacts. Tribuana: 0819-3626-1294. Sampalan: 0818-0546-4622,0812-3666-2476. Buyuk: 0853-3854-4577.
Kusamba — Nusa Penida: 07:00, 09:00, 12:15, 15:00
Nusa Penida — Kusamba: 06:30, 08:00, 11:00, 13:00

From Gili Islands to Nusa Penida

There are 2 options to get from Gili Islands to Nusa Penida:
1. Cheap and slow: from Gili islands by small boat to Lombok, from Lombok by ferry boat to Padangbai on Bali (~5 hours), by ferry boat from Padangbai to Nusa Penida.
2. Fast and more expensive by speedboat. There are a few speedboat companies that are going from Nusa Penida to Gili islands. Duration of the trip is 2-3 hours.

Semaya One Fast Boat

Price is IDR 230.000-300.000 for one way.
Contacts: +6283116156483, +6281244304858
Nusa Penida – Gili Trawangan – Gili Air – Bangsal port (Lombok): 10:30, 12:30


Price is IDR 230.000-300.000 for one way
Contacts: +6281236954549, +6281236824008
Nusa Penida – Gili Trawangan – Gili Air-Bangsal port (Lombok): 10:30

Wijaya Buyuk

Price is IDR 285.000-300.000 for one way
Contacts: +6281223344279, +6281805603705
Nusa Penida – Gili Trawangan – Gili Air – Bangsal port (Lombok): 10:40

From Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida

You can easily get to Nusa Penida from Lembongan if you decide to visit this island.
There are regular boats between the islands which depart from the yellow bridge between Lembongan and Ceningan.
The price for one way is IDR 50.000.

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The transport from any jetty on Nusa Penida to our school will cost you IDR 20.000-30.000 by mototaxi or IDR 100.000 by car. It will take you no more than 5-10 minutes. You should ask the driver to drop you in front of Coco Penida Cafe.
You can also rent a motorbike right on the pier. The rental price is IDR 70.000 per day.

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See you on Nusa Penida!

What is the difference between Freediving and Scuba Diving?

Freediving, as the name suggests, is diving with complete freedom. A properly trained freediver can ascend and descend as quickly as they like since there are no restrictions. In freediving all you really need is a mask, fins, and a single breath for you to go anytime, anywhere, underwater.

On the other hand, scuba has a lot of complex theory and equipment elements you must know about before you can enjoy it. In scuba diving you must follow a rigorous schedule to go up and down due to the heavy tank you are restricted in how fast you can move and where you can go.

But definitely you can stay longer under the water while exploring the underwater world and at the same time you need less physical requirements.

So, freediving teaches you mostly how to operate and control your body under the water while holding your breath. Scuba diving teaches you how to use SCUBA equipment and breath under water safely.

This is the main difference between the two.

What’s the difference between snorkeling and freediving?

Although recreational freediving and snorkeling are very similar, there are some differences between these two activities. Snorkeling is the act of floating on the surface while using a mask to see underwater, and having a snorkel to breathe while keeping one’s face submerged.

Freediving is allowing you to dive deep under the water and interact with the environment and not just staring at it from the surface. With freediving, you will learn advanced breathing techniques, and you will learn to move efficiently underwater through the use of efficient equipment.

Freediving will give you much more freedom and excitement while exploring underwater world!

What should I bring with me to the island?

It would be beneficial to bring your own freediving equipment if you have it. Fins, mask, snorkel, belt, and 3 mm wet suit would be a good start. No need to carry weights. If you do not have the equipment, we will provide you as the equipment is included in the cost of all courses.

Also we have a small shop in the school, so you can buy freediving equipment from us right on the island.

Comfortable shoes (runners) for exploring the island, sunglasses and sun cream (take the strongest one with protection level 50) to feel yourself comfortable under the tropical sun, photo and video cameras to capture all the beauty of the island would be very useful.