If you’ve ever imagined a quintessential tropical tree house, this is probably it. The Nusa Penida treehouse is like no other. The small storybook house sits atop an old tree at the edge of a mighty cliff face. The Rumah Pohon tree house Nusa Penida overlooks spectacular rock formations and turquoise waters for as far as the eye can see.
This guide on the treehouse Nusa Penida will tell you everything you need to know before you visit, including where it is, how to get there, what to expect, and more.
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A Complete Guide to Rumah Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida
Where is the Nusa Penida Treehouse?
How to Get to the Tree House Nusa Penida
If you want to experience true island life, definitely rent a scooter upon arrival in the harbour as your Nusa Penida transport. A scooter is by far the best way of getting around Nusa Penida.
It can take up to an hour to get across the island and in recent years, Nusa Penida has made an effort to build a nicely paved coastal road that runs on the east side of the island, but many of the attractions will still have rougher patches. Make sure to ask for a helmet with your rental as a precaution, better to be safe than sorry!
The cost of a scooter rental, including a full tank of gas, will be 70,000 IDR a day (approximately $4.85 USD) from any vendor at the ToyaPakeh Harbour.
The main road leading to the Nusa Penida treehouse is paved and will take about an hour to drive from ToyaPakeh.
Of course, there is always the option to book a private car charter if the idea of driving around a scooter is not your idea of fun.
Can you Stay at the Rumah Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida?
Yes, it’s possible to stay at the Nusa Penida treehouse. The grounds are home to three different tree houses, but the best one hangs from the cliff on the left, where you see the pictures in this post.
The quarters are very basic, we are talking mattress on the ground, small side table and fan. There is a separate bathroom facility, but again, basic. That’s it! This is the type of place you come to if you don’t sweat the small things and just want to see the epic view. Because, wow, the view is magic! The sunrise here is unparalleled. Bring your own flashlight for visits to the loo in the middle of the night. Expect monkeys to come for a visit in the morning, too.
The one downside of this accommodation is that people will be arriving around sunrise to get their famous Instagram shot sitting on the stairs of your Nusa Penida treehouse, so privacy is not prevalent here. Keep that in mind.
Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida Entrance Fee
The Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida entrance fee is split into parking and taking photos. Parking at the Nusa Penida treehouse will be 5,000 IDR (approximately $0.35 USD) and 25,000 IDR ($1.75 USD) for taking photos. Both are payable in cash in the form of Indonesian Rupiah.
Nusa Penida Tree House Opening Hours
The Nusa Penida treehouse is open 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. If you are just visiting for the experience and photos, be mindful that people have booked the treehouse in Nusa Penida for their nightly accommodation.
Best Time to Visit the Tree House Nusa Penida
The best time to visit the Rumah Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida is the early hours of the day for sunrise. Since the Nusa Penida Tree House is located on the island’s southeast tip, the sunrise will hit the island early and create a beautiful golden glow. Get there as early as 6 AM to get the best shots with little to no people.
If you aren’t able to make it that early in the morning, try for sunset, although the shadows at this time of day can be harsher due to the location of the beach (the photos in this post were made at around 6 PM). Do expect to wait your turn in line and make sure you know exactly the photos you want because there will be an attendant there making sure you stick to your 3-minute time slot.
What to Expect at Rumah Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida
Entrance + Parking
You’ve parked your scooter or car in the dirt lot and have paid the parking attendant who resides in the small booth. Now, you can make your way down the hill toward the cliff’s edge. There will be a small sign showing you the way down to the Nusa Penida tree house.
They have sadly put in a few Instagrammable props like a birds nest here, which I think it quite inauthentic, but if that’s your thing, you have a change to get a good picture here.
Continue to the top of the stairs to the right of the sign. The stairs are created from the side of the cliff but are generally easy to descend. Be careful, as most of the journey down does not have trustworthy railings to grab onto. The Nusa Penida treehouse stairs are steep in some sections, but this is common for most attractions on Nusa Penida island.
The journey will take you roughly 5-10 minutes dependent on your activity level.
The Nusa Penida Treehouse + View
When you arrive at the bottom of the stairs, you will see three of the Nusa Penida treehouse. They are all bookable through Agoda.com, but the most spectacular one here is the one to the left at the cliff’s edge. This is the famous treehouse in Nusa Penida.
As you walk towards the treehouse you will see a little hut here with an attendant. He will ask for a photo fee and will give you a ticket good for 3 minutes. If there is a line here for photos, which there likely will be at sunrise and sunset, then you will need to stick to the 3 minute timeframe to get your photo. Make sure you are ready!
The view from here is like no other. You can see incredible rock formations throughout the turquoise waters, impressive cliffs and you can even see Diamond Beach from afar.
Thousand Island Viewpoint (Pulau Seribu)
The Thousand Island Viewpoint is actually located right at the Nusa Penida tree house. Once you’ve made it to where the Nusa Penida treehouse is situated, continue up the path out to the furthest point on the cliffside. Here you can see fantastic views of the coastline, including Diamond Beach and many rock formations standing in the turquoise ocean.
Is there Beach Access from the Nusa Penida Treehouse?
The Nusa Penida treehouse does not have any direct access to a beach and sits perched on top of a cliff with amazing views. One thing you can see from here is Diamond Beach. Head back up the stairs and to the right past the warung. This dirt path along the cliff’s edge will take you the 15-minute distance to the top of the Diamond Beach stairs. Be careful, this trek is not well fenced.
Places near Nusa Penida Treehouse
You can’t leave the Nusa Penida treehouse without visiting Diamond Beach, a white-sand paradise good for adventure. The attraction can be reached by a 15-minute walk along a dirt trail, or simply jump on your scooter and make the 3-minute drive.
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Also located on the southeast coast of Nusa Penida is Atuh Beach, a stunning alcove good for swimming and sipping coconuts.
Things to Bring to the Nusa Penida Tree House
Besides a hat and sunscreen to beat the heat, I would suggest bringing the following things along with you to make the most of your visit to Tree House Nusa Penida:
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REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | Let’s help save our planet from plastic pollution and carry around a reusable water bottle instead. I love my Swell water bottle as it stays cold for 24 hours and is lightweight. A LARQ water bottle would also fit the bill and has water purifying technology built right in.
Nusa Penida Day Tours
If you are looking for a fun-packed day that will have you from mainland Bali to Nusa Penida and back in one day, this Klook.com tour is the one for you.
This East Nusa Penida day trip will take you to places like Diamond Beach, Rumah Pohon Tree House, Atuh Beach, and more. The tour will include a hotel transfer to the harbour, a ferry to and from Nusa Penida island, and a car charter. You can choose from a group or private Nusa Penida tour.
Nusa Penida is full of Instagrammable spots, and if you are wanting to get the best photos of each spot, this Klook.com tour may be for you. A group charter will transport you to places like Diamond Beach and more.
Make sure to specify that you would like to explore East Nusa Penida.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
AUTENTIK PENIDA GLAMPING | MID-RANGE VALUE
Set on stilts among the jungle of Nusa Penida, is Autentik Penida Glamping. The luxury tents located a 5-minute drive inland from Crystal Bay in Northwest Nusa Penida is one of the most unique stays on the island. The designer camp comes with a beautiful shared pool and well-equipped tents with balconies to enjoy the view.
THE MESARE RESORT | LUXURY
The Mesare Resort consists of luxury cabins nestled in the central interior of Nusa Penida. Well located if you plan to explore the entire island, as everything is within a 30-minute drive. This Nusa Penida hotel features attractive wicker furniture, outdoor showers, a shared pool, restaurant, and yoga shala.
SEMABU HILLS RESORT | LUXURY
Semabu Hills Resort will give you all the creature comforts of a classic western hotel chain. The resort features one of the most epic infinity pools in Nusa Penida with sweeping views of the jungle and ocean. This Nusa Penida hotel is located close to the ToyaPakeh Harbour for easy commuting to and from your fast boat ferry.
LA ROJA BUNGALOWS | BUDGET
Located on the Northeast coastline of Nusa Penida, the La Roja Bungalows are budget-friendly. The cute individual bow-roofed houses surround a shared pool and are a great place to make friends and relax. The Northeast area of Nusa Penida also has the biggest concentration of western and trendy cafes to explore like Penida Colada Beach Bar, one of my favourites.
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