Daytrip to Nusa Lembongan on a Budget 

Paradise landscape aside – let’s be honest, another big appeal for Bali is its cheap prices. Compared with Western European countries, your money will stretch like caramel here. But, it’s a double-edged sword. Travelling with the ‘oh it’s cheap, I can afford to splurge a bit’ mindset can mean that you’re spending more money than you realised. Doesn’t take a mathematical genius to know that the small things add up. So, if you’re looking for a day trip to Nusa Lembongan on a budget – and by budget, we mean around the 25 euro mark for essentials, then stay put.

We’ve broken down all the costs from our day trip to help you save some pennies for yours. You can thank us later.

If your time is a limited as your spending allowance, we’ll have a link to our Instagram reel up soon.

Transport to Nusa Lembongan:

From Ubud

Packages were a no-go for saving money so we made our own way there.

So, let’s start with the first leg of our journey: Ubud to Sanur port. A one hour drive.

We opted for the Perama bus which we took from the Perama bus station in Ubud. It worked out at 80k each (4,90 euros) for the hour long journey (that was with decent traffic). With that wonderful thing called ‘hind sight’ we realised that taking a shared taxi via the Grab app would’ve worked out slightly cheaper, so we’d suggest comparing the two. Bear in mind, Grab prices will fluctuate depending on the time of day.

The second leg of our journey was from Sanur Port to Mushroom Bay. A 30 minute ferry ride.

Time to debunk some misinformation floating around – you can’t get a slow ferry to and from Nusa Lembongan. Trust us, we tried . This cheaper alternative has been scrapped following COVID 19, so fast ferry is now the only way to go. This is true as of 2023.

You’ve got 2 ports to choose from on Nusa Lembongan: Mushroom Bay and Jungutbatu. Our accommodation was closer to Jungutbatu; however we bought the ticket for Mushroom Bay because it had an earlier departure time. Not a big deal. The two ports are around a 50 minute walk from one another – I mean , you’re on a stunning Indonesian island, so what’s a stroll along the beach?

Now, this is where your haggling skills come in. We saw leaflets advertising a one way ferry ticket for 300k (18,5 euros) *insert derisive scoff here*. We found an agency that offered us a price of 200k (12,3 euros). Some well-placed eyebrow raises, silent glances which plainly said ‘let’s try somewhere else’ as well as an odd throwaway comment about our really tight budget and we managed to get it to 175k (10,8 euros).

Yep, we’re definitely still in the novice phase at this. There’s every chance for a well-seasoned haggler to get even lower.

There are agencies everywhere at Sanur port, so there’s no need to worry about booking a ticket last minute. For the super organised – websites like Klook have tickets that can be purchased in advance. Needless to say, we gave this a swerve because of the more expensive price tag, but it was useful for checking out the departure times.

To Ubud

For your return journey be sure to get there in plenty of time. The port is an easy one to overlook. Time to kill? We chilled on the beach and enjoyed our last few hours on the island. 
We haggled the price down to 175k and then paid another 72k each for a taxi from Sanur Port in Bali back to Ubud.

Things To Do in Nusa Lembongan:

As any travel blog will tell you, the list of things to do on Nusa Lemongan is a long one, but with our limited time and dwindling cents we stuck to the cheap and free. So here’s the breakdown of the things we did.


Nusa Lembongan is famed for its surfing, diving and snorkeling scene.

With a PADI qualification under the belt, we still chose to do a snorkelling tour because (you guessed it and we’re going to stop repeating ourselves now).

A few clicks on Google will tell you that there are dozens of packages to choose from, so take some time to shop around. From what we saw, prices can range anywhere between 15 euros to 25 euros. We went for a group tour with Monkey Activities, which cost us 325k (20,1 euros) each.

We won’t go into detail about the snorkel package itinerary, but you can read about it here. As much as we enjoyed it, we did have some concerns when it came to the ethics of the whole trip – which you can also read about here.


An activity that’s a joy to every budgeter’s ears. Free and enjoyable. Win win.

The village is a mellow one, adorned with cafes, restaurants, bars and water activity stores; all with their own charm and character. Oh and shrines, what’s Indonesia without its shrines?


When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, same goes for Nusa Lembongan. A trip here demands some unwinding time on the beaches, and that’s exactly what we did. We love Ubud, but swapping streets clogged with motorbikes for waves and quiet was definitely needed.

Our first chilling spot was Mushroom Beach, where the ferry dropped us off. We stayed here for the grand total of 15 minutes. Ferry boats were yoyoing to and from the port; the water was dirty as was the beach. We’re speaking comparatively here. In the grand scheme of things, it was a beautiful beach, but by Indonesian standards… well, we knew we could find better.

Next up was the Secret Beach. The name is both enticing and misleading. A 15 minute walk from Mushroom beach and we arrived to find that there was, in fact, no beach. Waves climbed up to the cobbled wall – one step off the ledge and we would’ve found ourselves flailing in the sea. This could’ve had something to do with the tide – we’re not coastguard experts so we can’t say definitively. Either way, it wasn’t a wasted walk. The view that greeted us was stunning.

Song Lambung Beach was the beach where we rested up for the morning. Your quintessential Indonesian beach: azure-coloured sea with waves far choppier than we expected making for a challenge of ‘whose going to be the first to get off-balance (I won); white sands and a bunch of rocks that made for a great imitation of Ariel’s ‘Part of Your World’. We brought our own packed lunch but there are cafes nearby. But honestly, what’s a trip to the beach without trying to eat your packed lunch and not getting any sand in it? A walk along Jungutbatu Beach is one of our recommendations. A pristine beach with a mountaintop background and locals harvesting seaweed from their plots.


A few clicks on different booking websites and you’ll see that the prices start as low as 50k each (3 euros). We went for Pandan Wangi which cost us 54,5k each for the night or 3,3 euros.

We’d recommend Pandan Wangi as a place to stay. It was a bargain for the location and the quality of the room. A decent sized room with a double bed that could’ve easily fit another person; ensuite bathroom, outdoor kitchen for the self-caterers, a porch area to chill and eat your free inclusive breakfast of eggs, toast, jams, fruits, tea and coffee. And, to top it all, a wonderful host – Cinta. She helped out two awkward vegans for breakfast and was just a genuinely nice person to talk to and throw questions at.

Interested? We’ve attached a link here.

Final cost

We treated ourselves to ice cream (40k each) and cocktails (it’d be rude not to utilise those happy hour bargains for 105k altogether). And we ‘splurged’ on dinner and lunch out.

Our rule of thumb when it comes to dining out: stick to Indonesian establishments with an exclusively Indonesian menu – it’s cheaper.

So, tallying up all the numbers and we spent a grand total of 1,053,000 each (65 euros), for transport, a snorkel package, food, drinks and accommodation – that’s not bad going. Without our splurges that could have easily been slimmed down.

Of course, prices and information may change after we’ve posted this, so help us keep our information relevant and let us know of any changes (consider it good karma).

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