Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Ubud attractions like Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We went there the 4 of us (wife & I with our 2 boys 11 & 13) with no expectations not really knowing what it’s like and we were blown away how genuinely amazing it was to observe the monkeys in their....  more »
  • I really loved monkeys those were really fun to see. Actually they caught my sunglass but i had another one. Be prepared not to loose your stuffs. Very calm forest with full of wild animals. I took...  more »
  • Our visit to Ubud took us to the Bali swings, a visit to a coffee plantation and then on to the Monkey Forest. It is a chance to see wild monkeys wandering around the forest and also various...  more »
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  • During our trip to Bali we hired a personal tour guide to show us around the island and take us to some of the best attractions in the area. At the end of our day tour, we stopped at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. This was definitely an experience I have never had before. Our tour guide was like the Monkey Whisperer, he would feed them and had them sit where he asked. It made for some great photo opportunities and was a great experience to share in this sanctuary. The monkeys are not in cages and are free to explore the area as they please, it makes you experience them in their natural habitat. The property is very beautiful and is well kept by its keepers, it is in a large area which is easy to get around and not too crowded.
  • Nice place to visit. But be aware - don't look at the monkeys' eyes, they became aggressive and can attack. We weren't notified about this and the first monkey attacked us. Also I wouldn't recommend this place for little kids, you never know what to expect from monkeys. But otherwise - it was interesting experience to see so many monkeys around. Little baby-monkeys are adorable and cute, they are not aggressive and sometimes can play with visitors. You can bring bananas to feed animals. Look careful after sunglasses, phones, hats and other stuff.
  • It is one the must-see attractions in Ubud for sure. The walk through is quite nice itself, even without the monkeys.. The best suggestion I can give is to arrive early to beat the queues.. even 1 hour after they open, the queues are quite long. There is a back entrance that not many people use, so if you can find that (ask a local) that is a good option if you arrive later in the day. You will need around 90 minutes minimum to have a decent look. There are plenty of friendly staff around to protect you, but you do need to be careful not to flash around food or open drinks, because they may get swiped by a hungry monkey. It costs 80,000 rupiah (around $US7) for an adult entry. This attraction is suitable for wheelchairs as ramp access is provided throughout the pathways.
  • Awesome place to get up close and personal with the local monkeys. As long as you follow the guidelines, the monkeys cause no harm. The sanctuary has multiple paths to traverse with beautiful forest scenery. The person at the ticketing office said that the monkeys may not be visible since it was raining, but that simply was not the case. There were plenty of monkeys roaming around and we got many cool pictures.
  • Absolutely gorgeous!! You can tell the staff really takes cares and feed the monkeys ! They might jump on you ( especially if you have food with you, which they do advise not to bring in) but if you keep walking they’ll be soon on their way. The forest is huge and beautiful! The tickets are not expensive at all

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