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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 17,000+ reviews on the web
Both a protected reserve and a temple complex, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary shelters several hundred long-tailed Balinese macaques. The monkeys get their nourishment from the forest staff, which feeds them sweet potatoes several times a day. Though you can't give the monkeys peanuts, cookies, or other snacks, you can purchase bananas if you want to feed the little ones yourself--just be prepared for a lot of attention from these cheeky creatures, and stow away valuables and shiny objects. This jungle sanctuary contains three temples, allegedly constructed in the 14th century. Keep in mind you can enter sacred sections of the temples only if you wear traditional praying clothes. Stop by the forest office near the main entrance, which accepts donations and provides detailed information about the sanctuary's history and significance. Take a look at our Ubud travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Pretty sanctuary, with beautiful trees, it's like in the jungle, part the swarm of tourists! the monkeys are not at all aggressive compared to other place on Bali! Nice visit to do, works easy with young children!
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  • As soon as we decided on Bali, I youtubed places to visit and top of the list was the monkey sanctuary. A fantastic visit, would go every day to feed the monkeys. First monkey was greedy and tried to ...  read more »
  • A lovely place to visit. Monkeys very cheeky. Keep hold of hats and sunglasses. There are different breeds of monkeys there. Only need a couple of hours there no longer needed. Area is quite sheltered...  read more »
  • It's a nice "park" with lots of mischevious monkeys. They may harrass you at times, but it's important to stay calm and not provoke them further. That interaction is quite unique. They are easy to attract with bananas which are available from vendors right inside. It's a great place to kill about an hour or two. Lots of trees, a stream. Kids will love it.
  • We were amazed by the size of the Park. It is a huge and beautiful area which you can enjoy almost endlessly giving the amount of different, beautiful Spots as well as the monkeys being incredibly cute and not fearing any contact to humans. Just don't take any food with you or hide anything from These little pranksters. It surely was one of the cutest experiences on Bali for me.
  • This is a must do as everyone knows. It is unfortunate that now there is a mandatory fee to enter, but it is only a few dollars. I was bitten by a monkey however, which could have been a disaster if i wasnt wearing thick pants. The monkey grabbed my backpack and when I turned to look, it bit me. I know I was in their domain, so it is understandable hence why I did not let it affect my review, but please be careful and don't provoke them too much. Rabies and Zika can be carried by them. There is a small chance of this issue, I believe it was just unlucky. don't make eye contact and stick to near where there are hired guards when interacting . The area is beautiful though and a must see.
  • Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve on which they are conserving the area for the purpose of following the Hindu principle of Tri Hata Karana which means "Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being." The foundation of the doctrine is for the purpose of building good relationships between people, between people and the natural environment and between people and God.
  • Very well preserved jungle and natural habitat. Lots of monkeys all over of course ! But good for a guided jungle walk in midst of urban area, if you like that sort of stroll. Few areas of dense greenery and wild growth of trees and amidst ancient looking small walkways, bridges, temples, old monuments etc give you a feel of (kind of) Indiana Jones / King Kong filming locations.
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