The beautiful and Instagaram famous Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon Molenteng) has become very sought after due to its unique placement on a small secluded cliff top which has incredible panoramic views of the ocean and the Thousand Island Viewpoint. The Nusa Penida Treehouse is also available to sleep in overnight if you’re looking to stay somewhere unique and peaceful.
How to get to the Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon Molenteng)
We drove from Atuh Beach straight to the Nusa Penida Treehouse which took roughly 15 minutes through the very rocky and damaged roads. The best way to get around the island is to rent a scooter. A scooter will cost you 70k IDR for the day. A large majority of the roads on Nusa Penida are unpaved and covered in loose gravel. I wouldn’t recommend these drives on a scooter if you’re a beginner. Another popular option on Nusa Penida is to rent a driver for the day to take you out to the various spots. From our accommodation close to the pier, it would have taken just over 1 hour to reach Rumah Pohon Molenteng.
Where to stay
Most accommodation in Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island. There are a variety of accommodation types ranging from hostels to small beach front hotels. We stayed at the Jasmine Inn and found it was a good location although with limited food options. Semabu Hills Hotel is one of the nicer hotels in the area if you’re looking for a bit of luxury.
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Entrance fee / expenses
Entry costs 5K IDR per person. This gives you access to the treehouse as well as the Thousand Island Viewpoint. The viewpoint can be seen on the way down to the treehouse.
You can purchase food and drinks at the small local restaurant located just pass the ticket booth. A large bottle of water will cost you 10K IDR and a plate of mi goreng will cost 15k IDR.
What to expect at the Nusa Penida Treehouse (Rumah Pohon Molenteng)
After you pass the ticket booth, head down the stairs towards the treehouse. The walk will take 5-10 minutes down paved stairs with a piece of string as the hand railing. At the half way mark, you will come across the first viewpoint for the Thousand Islands. From here you will see large rock structures spread throughout the water. You’ll also see endless amounts of ocean and untouched white beaches. Continue walking for a few more minutes and you will come across the famous Nusa Penida Treehouse.
To get the iconic photo of the side of the treehouse with the incredible view in the background, the photographer will have to climb under the string hand railing to get the right angle. It’s a very easy angle to achieve. There is even a ladder against a tree so the photographer can climb a bit higher. Additionally, for anyone interested in staying at the treehouse, it is available through AirBnB. There are actually a total of 3 different treehouse’s located on the cliff top which are all available to stay in.
Once you are done taking photos at the treehouse, walk further up along the path to reach the final Thousand Island Viewpoint. However, this viewpoint isn’t the best for photography as there is an Indonesian statue placed at the end of the cliff which slightly obstructs the viewpoint. If you’re not looking to take undisturbed photos of the view, then this viewpoint is still a great spot to admire the spectacular, untouched scenery.