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“Great way to Lembongan”
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Ocean Star Express
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Way a good boat trip to Lembongan with Ocean Star, All I can suggest for those looking to do the same, is go directly to the beach where they have an office and they launch the boats from to purchase your ticket, you will find it so much cheaper.

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Ocean Star Express was a good choice for our trip to Nusa Lembongan. The hotel pick up was prompt, and the fast speedboat felt generally pretty safe. There were enough life vests on board for everyone, with an option of sitting above deck in good weather.

Our guesthouse was very close to the ferry docks on the northernmost end of the beachwalk, so we later realized we could have easily walked instead of waiting for the pick up van to stop at three or four hotels and collect more passengers in the morning.

While we were assured our scheduled departure time was 9:00am, and the pick up van collected us at 7:30, we were a bit disappointed to find that the boat did not leave until 10:30, arriving in Nusa Lembongan around 11:10. It seems most passengers wait in a cafe between the Ocean Express office and the beach port, where you can see when your boat is ready. All the other boat operators also claim to have earlier departure times, but we did not see any leave before us, and we were observing from 8am to 10:30am. Perhaps departure times are more dependent on staff or when the boat is filled. Ocean Express was indeed the first boat to leave, albiet at 10:30am not at the advertised 9am.

For day trippers - bear in mind the schedules change according to the tides and the staff on the island, so your printed schedules may not be correct. We arrived back at the Ocean Star Express office at 3:20, expecting to catch the last boat back to Sanur at 4:00pm, only to be informed by the dismayed operators that the boat had left at 3! They were very gracious and put us on a boat with the Gili Cat operators, but the situation would have been more problematic if we had been unable to get a ride back to Sanur that evening. Double check with the Ocean Star office on the departure time when you arrive, and do not be late.

Overall the tricky timing was not a problem, and we were happy with the good safe trip to Nusa Lembongan.

1  Thank SLOAsia
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

A quick and efficient way to get to another Island, Staff helpful and friendly and everything runs on time. Don't wear fancy shoes or clothes as you have to take off your shoes and walk through the water to get on the boat.





Thank Gillian C
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We took the Ocean Star Express to and from Lembongan on Sunday. It's a great service if you want to avoid commiting to organised water activities and just poke around the island by yourself at leisure.

Thank justjans
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We booked the Ocean Star Express based on a recommendation from the hotel we were staying at in Gili Air. It was quite pricey - about $130 for a return. However I had heard of too many bad experiences from other travellers with cheaper boats, so decided this was the safest option.

The boat was on time, and staff were efficient and friendly. The cost included transfers to and from our hotels in Bali, which was helpful.

The boat ride got pretty hot as there was no air conditioning, and we couldn't have the windows open on one side of the boat as water kept splashing inside. But it was bearable. The water was very choppy, and at times I felt like I was on a roller-coaster ride! But this isn't the boat's fault, and luckily I don't get sea sick. If you do, I recommend taking motion sickness tablets or something beforehand.

Thank Vanessa R
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