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Day trips are a popular option for the hurried, and a 1-day cruise will bring you to Nusa Lembongan with possibly 100 other similar-minded folk where you will be offered snorkeling, banana boat rides, glass-bottom boat trips, sea kayaking, and maybe even a trip to the mangrove forest or a cultural village tour. A buffet lunch and later some form of water slide will also be thrown in. The approximate price is US$90. The following are the main cruise operators serving Nusa Lembongan:

Bali Hai, Benoa Harbour (tel. 0361/720331; fax 0361/720-334; www.balihaicruises.com; cruises 9:15am-4:15pm US$95, sunset dinner cruise 5:45 -- 8:45pm US$45, overnight US$125-US$145 per night), the most popular of the day cruises, offers as many options as you could think of, with sailboats, diving, and sunset dinners. This is a one-stop shop.

Bounty, Benoa Harbour (tel. 0361/726666; fax 0361/726688; www.balibountycruises.com; one-way US$35, round-trip US$70, day cruise 10am-4pm US$95, dinner cruise 6-8:30pm US$49; MC, V) runs similar day trips to Lembongan.

Waka Louka Cruise, Jl. Pulau Moyo 25x (tel. 0361/723629; fax 0361/722077; www.wakaexperience.com; catamaran 9am-5:30pm US$104, dinner cruise and sailing, charter only; MC, V), a delightful catamaran, is more stylish than anything else on the market, and organizes day trips and dinner cruises on board.

Sail Sensations, Benoa Harbour (tel. 0361/725864; fax 0361/725866; www.sailsensations.com; day cruise 9am-5pm US$85, twilight cruise 6:30-9pm US$55, overnight US$285-US$325; MC, V), part of Nusa Lembongan Resort, organizes day trips for US$95, which includes high-speed ferry, village tour, buffet lunch, snorkeling, a 5-minute banana boat ride, and, for those wishing to part with another US$17, a bicycle and car mangrove tour.

Island Explorer Cruises, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 622, Suwung (tel. 0361/728088; fax 0361/728089; www.bali-cruise.com; day cruises 9am-5pm US$69-US$79; MC, V), part of Coconuts Beach Resort on Lembongan, does cruise and stay packages or even just transfer only from Benoa Harbour at US$35 round-trip. The day cruise includes lunch and activities, such as a village and seaweed tour, banana boats, kayaking, fish feeding, or just leisurely sailing a yacht to the island if you prefer a slower pace. Both the Fun Ship and the Sail Boat depart Benoa at 9am but the yacht takes 2 hours while the fast boat only takes 1 hour. And, yes, the Fun Ship comes complete with its own water slide.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.