Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Interact with long-tailed macaques in their natural habitat in the peaceful ambience of Bali’s lush forests. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is home to over 1,200 monkeys. As you walk alongside them, you can also check out all the elaborate temples in the area. While guides are always on watch, keep an eye on your belongings and avoid bringing both food and water bottles along. The sanctuary is open daily and an entrance fee is required. You might want to combine your visit to the sanctuary with other attractions in Ubud, including the rice terraces and ancient landmarks. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Ellie00447
    Cardiff, United Kingdom458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super cute monkeys, a must do in Ubud!
    We loved visiting the monkey forest and seeing so many cute monkeys in their natural habitat. It only costs a few pounds to get in and is so worth it, you can then also pay extra for a monkey selfie which is constructed by a member of staff. The monkeys can be cheeky and jump on shoulders but luckily we didn’t experience anything like that. They are extra territorial when eating so do not go near them when they have food! There is plenty of guidance on what not to do and a few staff members around if you need any help. The monkeys are adorable and this is a must do if you are in ubud!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Megan A
    Perth, Australia19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    Would recommend the visit as even the scenery is lovely. As long as you don’t aggravate the monkeys by making eye contact/getting too close they won’t approach you. It was extremely busy which is slightly off putting so try to at an off peak time. The walk is very doable from ubud central. We bypassed a lot of traffic coming in as we were on foot
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • cristoph2010
    1,259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monkeying around
    The sanctuary is a large area of green space for monkeys. They are definitely used to people as they are not jittery. However, as you'd be warned beforehand, do not try to touch them. If you wish to have a photo op with a monkey, you can pay some rupiahs and several guys will attract those monkeys with food. That's how you can briefly hang out with a monkey. Or, you can try my method. Stay calm when they check you out. One baby monkey climbed onto me and sat on my shoulder. Mummy monkey got concerned and rushed towards me. I stayed calm and then she realized I wasn't going to harm her baby. That was when she turned her back to me and looked at other tourists.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • KyleandTiffany
    Maryland586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience. Lots of cute monkeys.
    Great experience. Cute monkeys. We were able to visit this place as part of an all-day tour. The monkeys were a joy to watch. If guests want, they are allowed to take pics with the monkey on their lap with assistance of one of the forest representatives. We opted to just get candid pics as the opportunity came. Definitely recommend going to this place. We are glad we did.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Alexis G
    Greater Perth, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much better
    The Monkey Forrest has had a lot of work done to make sure the monkeys and human patrons are safe. fruit-filled feeding bins from which the monkeys can get food are supplied, so it is more natural than many years ago. really good experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Charlotte L
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monkeys jumping around you
    Monkey Forest is one of the famous attractions in Bali, a lot of Monkeys staying there and having a good life, worth to visit and it was the first time I saw some baby monkeys that' s smaller than my hand. Some of them might be aggressive, be careful of your backpack, sunglasses and stuff. It would be great, if tourists could feed them.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Anne N
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to experience monkeys up close.
    Interesting way to observe macaque monkey behaviour in semi-wild state. Chance for getting photos and selfies with more friendly members of the troupe. But don’t look them in the eye or show your teeth, and watch your bags and any loose items as they are curious and likely to steal them!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • BeachBuddha
    Leeds, United Kingdom672 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great few hours with the monkeys
    We visited on a rainy afternoon. No need to prebook your tickets. You can just get a taxi to drop you off, get your tickets, and in you go. Tickets cost £10 for 2 adults that price included and raincoat too 😜. £4 each entry without raincoat. Monkeys were running free, all ages. It was great to see them in a natural environment. We saw them pinching water bottles, pinching caps, and opening zips and taking whatever they fancied from the bag. One guy had his airpods taken. Leave everything at home would be my advice, and just have a bum bag or small bag under your clothes. There's also temples on site but tourists can't visit these. It's for locals only. Overall a must when in Ubud.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Jonas Gunnarsson
    Stockholm, Sweden579 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun place. Monkeys and temples galore in beautiful surroundings
    This is probably one of the "must-dos" in Ubud. And is recommended. If you go in the morning, you will avoid the heat. The monkeys are everywhere and are fun to watch. Be careful, however, as they can and will jump onto you if you get too close (you'd better be sure that you really want that). Don't show food. They are wild animals with basic needs. There forest is truly a jungle in the middle of the city and provides fantastic views. Don't, however, expect to have the temples, monkeys, and jungle for yourself. There are many other tourists there.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • WinRei
    Seattle, Washington8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't hide the bananas if you buy them!
    This was a really cool experience. The monkeys are truly "wild" (at least they seemed so to me). They're not trained or forced to stay inside the area from what I understand, so you're really observing these creatures up close in their habitat. BUT that being said, learn from my mistake, and know this: Toward the entrance, there are often people selling bananas that you can give to the monkeys (at least there was when I went a while back). I had already learned from my trip research that the monkeys will ambush you if you have bananas, which sounded a little scary, but I bought some anyway for the experience. I had a thin cloth reusable grocery-type bag with me, and I thought I was being smart by hiding the bananas in it so that they didn't all get taken at once (and probably because I was a little scared of getting ambushed). Bad mistake. A few moments later a monkey jumped on my head, grabbed the bag, tore it open, and took the bananas. They do not play haha. There is a big sign with all the rules that clearly states not to hide food on you, but guess I overlooked that one (rookie tourist move). Thankfully I remembered the other rules and didn't panic or try to grab the bag or the monkey (that probably would have cost me an eyeball or two), and I just stood there calmly until it jumped off and left. Another important rule to know is not to make eye contact with the monkeys! I didn't screw that one up, but based on my "banana bag" experience, I fully believe that they could become aggressive if threatened by your eye contact! TLDR: If you're nervous about getting ambushed for your bananas, don't try to hide them; it'll make it worse! Better yet, maybe don't buy the bananas!
    Visited October 2022
    Written July 18, 2023
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bizzydragon
Kettering, UK179 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
.....this is one place you can see them close up, feeding, relaxing, playing and getting friendly with one another. You are asked not to approach them, feed or try to pet them for a reason. You are in their evironment, so leave them to it. You will see odd ones outside the confines of the 'park' and they are found in areas all over Bali.

The entrance price isn't that expensive and there are some pleasant areas to wander, or just sit. Go early in the day, before it gets busy. At the end of the day, the monkeys are not quite so receptive of visitors.
Written January 19, 2020
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lukdojo
New York City, NY144 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The park is a self walking tour through a nice little park. Entrance fee was about 6-7 usd a person.
Apparently the monkeys here aren't as friendly as other Monkeys around the island. you can't touch and do much with the monkeys and we were done with it in about an hour.

I was told there are much better Monkey Sanctuaries near by if you are doing tours or can drive yourself. Not far from Ubud for a better experience.
Written January 29, 2020
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Karen G
Montreal, Canada44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Becareful in there. Do not bring a knapsack or backpack or any food unless you want a monkey to jump down on you for out of no where and start to unzip your back. I witness it. It is not pretty. Remember you are not at the ZOO. You are in their environment. You are a visitor in their home. I only walked in there with my phone and a camera. They still came close.

TOURISTS BEWARE Exiting the Monkey Forest because it is a trap to make you spend your money on the way out. The people will hold on to your hand try to pull you even though you try to smile and be nice about it. I felt bad they Got me however I think that was day 2 in Ubud and on the Island so I learned quick. Dont purchase things there go into down much less expensive just keep walking and avoid eye contact then you should be alright.
It is something worth checking out if you are staying in Ubud
Written March 14, 2020
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Chloe T
Gold Coast, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I was a bit hesitant to visit the Monkey Forest after hearing about people being bitten and scratched however my friends really wanted to check it out. It was great! There were so many monkeys and a majority of them were well behaved. There was clear signage showing you the different paths and how to act around the monkeys. There were a lot of park attendants watching out incase monkeys (or people) started acting funny. The pricing was quite reasonable ($8 AUD can’t complain) and the ladies at the front counter were very helpful.

The only downside was the people that didn’t listen to the rules! There was a lot of crying and lost water bottles or bags from those people but that’s what happens!
Written January 2, 2020
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Angela B
King of Prussia, PA154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
I must say not to often do you get a selfie w a monkey, however, i didn’t like the energy at this place. The monkeys were sneaky and the locals were panhandlers. They tell you not to feed the monkeys bc they want u to pay them to take a selfie and the only way to do that is to actually feed the monkey. Therefore, take your peanuts, the hell with them. I can’t stand panhandlers. Also, i videoed our entire Bali experience and i mean we did EVERYTHING. . If you like to see my experience every step of the way, it is on my Instagram (@ethnicmilkshake)under my highlights titled “Bali” and “Bali2” enjoy!
Written March 24, 2020
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Sunil761
Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are Monkeys all around...They sometimes like to play with you...safe though. Dont feed the monkeys and dont disturb them they are used to human beings and are curious like small children..may like to check out your bags and carry on for eatables or something to play with. The baby monkeys are the cutest...lovely. Monkeys are respected here so do not trouble them as you are in their territory.
Written February 6, 2020
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Emel J
Belmore, Australia255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Look, I love this place. It’s forest, there’s a temple and lots of sculptures, but how many stupid tourists did I see touching baby monkeys then getting more than they bargained for? LOTS! There are signs everywhere saying don’t touch the young monkeys, watch your belongings etc, but people still let them climb on their bags, then arms and shoulders. Suddenly the “ cute” monkey acts like what it is, a wild animal and pulls their hair or worse still there older, bigger mum or dad monkey turns up to protect their young by jumping on people or screeching meanacingly with their teeth bared.
This is a great place to wander around, but be sensible people. Please don’t try to hold monkeys hands, let them climb on you or pat them. It almost always ends in tears!
Written February 26, 2020
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Val A
Durban, South Africa141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great place to visit. Effortless walking and nicely paved pathways. Much of the sculptures are in mosaic and a few covered with green moss. An abundance of trees that provide great shade. One is not allowed to carry food r feed the monkeys. Only when you inside you will appreciate why. I guess there are over 500 monkeys that even seem to have developed a friendly relationship with humans.One monkey took off a tourists tested glasses and went high up into a tree and hid it. thankfully it didn't fall into the river which is way below. An efficient staff member distracted the monkey with a banana and climbed the tree to retrieve it. So be rather careful.
Written February 13, 2020
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csniners
Las Vegas, NV308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was neat to see all of the monkeys interacting in a natural environment as opposed to something like a zoo.

We had a guide with us; he gave a great background on behavior, history, and warnings.

The monkeys, much like all the roaming Balinese dogs, are free to be themselves with the people providing them food/shelter.

We arrived in the morning so we could see the different families and the feeding. Each monkey group had its own feeding station (to avoid fighting) and the feeding staff would ‘call’ them when the food is available.

Beautiful forest and lovely nature walk make this a must-do while in Bali.
Written February 25, 2020
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Carla_mettz
Leeds, UK159 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Unsure how i feel about this, i saw some of the park staff goad the monkeys to get a reaction and a life from the tourist.
You have to have your eyes everywhere as one monkey jumped on my back and hugged me like a backpack - not as cute as it sounds as it wanted to take something from me.
Lots of monkeys , lots of babies , a nice experience.
Written March 27, 2020
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