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Boat

Fast boats to Bali leave from the large pier right in the centre of the beach. Some companies sell tickets from an office out on the pier; others sell from the shore nearby.

Gili Getaway Useful services to Gili T and Gili Air (both 200,000Rp) as well as to Gili Gede (250,000Rp).

Perama An economical shuttle-bus service that connects with the public ferry from Lembar to Padangbai in Bali (125,000Rp, 9am), from where there are onward shuttle-bus connections to Sanur, Kuta and Ubud (all 175,000Rp). These trips can take eight or more hours. It also offers a bus-and-boat connection to the Gilis for a reasonable 150,000Rp (two hours, 8am). It saves some hassle at Bangsal Harbour.

Scoot Daily fast boats to Nusa Lembongan (675,000Rp) and Sanur (750,000Rp) on Bali, leaving at 12.30pm.

Kencana Adventure For those going on adventures further into Nusa Tenggara, this operator has an office where you can get info about heading east to Labuan Bajo.

Bemo

Regular bemos travel between Senggigi and Ampenan’s Kebon Roek terminal (5000Rp, 30 minutes), where you can connect to Mataram (10,000Rp, 20 minutes). Wave them down on the main drag. Bemos make the coast road run north towards Bangsal Harbour in the morning, less often later (20,000Rp, one hour). Note that you'll have to get off in Pemenang, from where it’s a 1.2km walk to the harbour.

Taxi

A metered taxi to Lembar costs around 170,000Rp; to Praya around 200,000Rp; and to Bangsal Harbour, not served by public bemo, about 100,000Rp.