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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • cristoph2010
    1,253 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 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 8 July 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 10 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 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 17 July 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 18 July 2023
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lucy M
London2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Blind Monkey in a small cage with a slatted floor. My friend burst into tears when she saw him in there when we went 6 weeks ago . And he is still there.

We were promised when we complained that this monkey would have his own enclosure soon. We are now 6 weeks on and monkey is still in the tiny cage!!!

The cage does not have a floor … it’s just bars.
They say they are working on it but really… how long does it take to put up a decent size enclosure for 1 monkey ?

Also .. how long was this monkey in this tiny cage with nothing except himself and food being thrown in before we saw him 6 weeks ago? I expect months, if not years !!!! This is absolute neglect - disgraceful and sad.
Written 3 June 2024
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papa_soey
Milan, Italy33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely worth the experience!!! We were hesitant because of US travel nurse recommendations about being around monkeys. Just follow the rules and you’ll have an amazing time.
Written 2 June 2024
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Martin Niemoller
Los Angeles, CA737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
These are well fed and well taken care of monkeys! Seamless to buy tickets with short cue. You can do it in an hour or 6 if you’d rather.

BUT if you don’t get a monkey selfie you will be disappointed. And often the official monkey selfie stand is closed. PRO-TIP: Hire a guide who will bring their own monkey food and surreptitiously get THE shot!
Written 31 May 2024
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🥰Sheila Carvalho🥰
Orlando, FL37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Good place but needs some cleaning attention and maintenance. The monkeys are cute, loved. I went around 5pm and monkey selfie was already closed and some spaces to. But worth the visit.
Written 30 May 2024
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Katt N
Cairo, Egypt73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It is a walking distance from the city center of Ubud, monkeys are all over the place, not advisable to take food with you, dont touch monkeys, no eye contac.
The place is nice, you can take a good photosession there.
Very green, and a few small temples are there.
If you live in a country with a big zoo, or park, or live in the woods, it would be the same.
You can spend easily one hour in there.
Written 27 May 2024
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Mdlim24
Oakland, CA941 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Sacred Monkeys in Ubud have a mystical ability to sniff out food. They are extremely entertaining and the Monkey forest itself is beautiful. On a hot day under the forest covered in trees, it provides much needed shade. And those entertaining sacred monkeys and their antics are fun for most visitors. For myself I had a blast. But opinions will very, especially those afraid of animals. But if you follow the rules, don’t bring food, don’t touch the monkeys, etc, should be a wonderful visit. For me it was great and I would come again next time I am in Ubud.
Written 25 May 2024
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caddyandbellA
Perth, Australia5,642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I have been to the Monkey Forest many times but went again last month and was greatly impressed.Gone are the aggressive dangerous Monkeys replaced with monkeys minding their own business and behaving in a natural way.They are fed by the keepers and obviously given the right natural foods.No more grabbing bags looking for food.The facilities are better.More accessible for more people.Security cameras watching whats going on and its a lot cleaner.Really enjoyed our visit this time so much more than any other visit.Entrance fee is 80000rph.Clean toilets,coffee shop and parking
Written 24 May 2024
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Jaymee
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a fun. It is fairly safe and really interesting. Cool experience in Ubud. Don't bring food and visible water bottle into the forest because monkeys might attack you.
Written 23 May 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Loved the Monkey Forest. So many monkeys to see. Young and old, small and large. Plus some really nice carvings and statues too! Don't bring food in (they will find it) and be careful as you approach the monkeys.
Written 23 May 2024
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TravellingBob_8
Flackwell Heath, UK168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
You can’t really come here and stay and not go to the Monkey Forest. It’s not huge and cheap for what it is. I should imagine it’s over crowded in the next few weeks but we went yesterday (May) and it was fine. There are hundreds of monkeys which are clearly used to people and not stressed at all by them. Neither do they bother you, try and steal your stuff etc which was nice . It’s well maintained and definitely worth a visit
Written 20 May 2024
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