Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Bali
Should we go get some bananas for the monkeys?
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary tl;dr
- LOTS of Monkeys
- Large Forest Monkey Sanctuary South of Central Ubud
- Don’t Feed the Monkeys, You’ll Thank Me Later
I don’t know how you feel about monkeys but I love all animals… From a distance. Some of them I like more and some I like less, it’s more of a hit or miss; your mileage may vary. Luckily for us, Nadia booked our stay at the nearby Tegal Sari Hotel which was only short walk away.
There’s a small worthwhile entrance fee which you should probably feel good that is offset by not buying fruits for the monkeys.
Unless you want to be one of the tourists that I will stand back and watch get swarmed by monkeys.
During our time there, it wasn’t uncommon to see a monkey running away with a banana, a fruit, someone’s food… I even saw a bag of fruit get stolen from a tourist.
Don’t be that tourist!
Ok, with everything else being said, you got to BE careful. They are monkeys! They aren’t domesticated pets, they aren’t your friends, BUT they are cute and mischievous and will strip you down if they can.
- Don’t wear shiny things
- Don’t wear bright things
- Don’t bring things you don’t want to lose
- Don’t bring food, unless you want to get attacked
- Don’t leave your bags open, look above
- Don’t go after them because they can bite / scratch you
Where Is It
I’m not sure if it was the official route, but we found a rear entrance which let us out on the street immediately leading to the the entrance to the Monkey Forest. Be sure to set aside
What to Do
What do you do here? What you would do anywhere else…
- Walk around
- Take photos
- Take in the sights
- Watch Monkeys!
- But DON’T Touch the Monkeys
I’m a Monkey’s Uncle
The Monkey Forest was a nice get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of touristy Bali. We easily spent a few hours there just wasting away the afternoon exploring the forest’s shrines and temples while dodging curiously hungry monkeys.
Despite my aversion to monkey love, I quickly grew fond of the various monkeys that I came across. I don’t want to hijack this post with baby photos so click here for more baby photos.
- Monkey Forest St, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
- Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
- Street View
- +62 361 971304
Do you like monkeys??