About 15 miles off Bali’s southeastern coast, there’s a beautiful and surprisingly unspoiled island called Nusa Penida, one of three islands that make up the coveted Nusa Islands group. For travelers who lament the days when Bali still felt like the road less traveled, the Nusa Islands are a respite from the crowds — particularly Nusa Penida, which is the largest yet least developed of the three. In a place like that, there’s no better accommodation than one that’s as scenic yet rugged as the island itself. Enter the Rumah Pohon Tree House.
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In Bahasa Indonesia, the lingua franca across the Indonesian archipelago, “rumah pohon” actually translates to “treehouse,” so you might come across multiple accommodations bearing that name. One became particularly sought-after after gaining traction on Instagram.
Rumah Pohon Tree House is located on Nusa Penida’s southeastern end near Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach. The easiest way to reach Nusa Penida is by ferry or speedboat from Sanur Harbor on mainland Bali. Rumah Pohon Tree House is located on the other side of the island from the ferry pier, so you’ll probably want to rent a scooter to get there and around. The clifftop treehouse juts out over the pristine shoreline below at the Thousands Islands Viewpoints site, with views that extend all the way toward tiny islands offshore of Nusa Penida.
There are three tree houses total at the site although the Insta-famous tree house arguably has the best view. As for the accommodation itself, the Rumah Pohon Tree House is very simple — it comes with a basic bed, a shared bathroom on the ground where you can also take a hot shower, and incredible views.
It should be noted that the treehouses aren’t particularly accessible, and you’ll need to be able to navigate steep wooden staircases to reach them. Also, Rumah Pohon Tree House is a popular attraction for people to take pictures of the view, so the site can get crowded during peak season. If you’d rather just go for a photo op, be sure to have 75,000 Indonesian rupiah (about $5) in cash, plus a little extra to park your scooter if you have one.
Price per night: $35
Editor’s note: Listed prices are accurate as of the time of publication.