Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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
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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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  • BeachBuddha
    Leeds, United Kingdom671 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
  • David D
    Chatham, New Jersey293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you do one thing, go see the monkeys!
    We stopped at the monkey forest as part of an all day trip with a driver. It was simply awesome and by far the most enjoyable hour of the day for my wife and two teen daughters. We had a monkey steal a can of coke from one daughter while sitting in the reception area, that was our start of the day. (See picture) Later, we saw monkey’s playing and lounging and eating all over the park. We did end up taking a picture with one while the local security guy fed the monkey some corn. (see picture) The monkeys were mostly friendly, every once in a while there would be a dominate male come bounding through and scare some of the others away. The monkeys are sneaky, we saw one take a bag of chips out of a woman’s purse, another try to open a fanny pack on the back of a guy, another put his hand in the pocket and lastly, one tries to untie my daughters shirt while jumping on her lap. Despite the antics, it was definitely the highlight of the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Saffron Laurence-Bade
    Auckland, New Zealand174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love the monkeys!
    This was amazing, the monkeys are absolutely gorgeous and so cheeky. Quite a few climbed up onto myself and my daughter, but we were happy for them to do so. We worked out when they wanted something and would show them our open hands to show we didn't have anything and they'd stop trying then. We fed them fruit and they were so sweet and gentle, when they wanted more and we didn't have any, just showed them open hands and they understood. We saw them steal some things off other people, but they were trying to hide them or pull them from the monkeys, rather than just open your hands and show there's nothing there. It's an amazing place and we absolutely loved the monkeys. Just respect them and remember they're wild animals and you're in their home. We'll go back.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • BrookeMorales
    London, United Kingdom1,835 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely park
    The monkey forest in Ubud is located just outside the village. You can purchase your tickets at the entrance. Stroll through the park, and enjoy the rainforest and the many monkeys. You won't be disappointed. The park can get quite crowded during the main tourist season.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • chloe951x
    United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Follow the rules and you’ll be fine
    Everyone who followed the rules will have a good time - no food - no eye contact - no smile with teeth, I would also add don’t wear anything shiny as they like it! We went at 4pm which was perfect timing as they had just been fed. Parts of the walk was closed which means we had to go back on ourselves a few times.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • rcate88
    Sydney, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful visit
    I jumped on Trip Advisor the night before our visit and became paranoid that we were making a huge mistake taking our 2 year old but I'm delighted to say we all had a blast! The forest itself is stunning and it was amazing to see the monkeys (especially the babies!). As others have said, you just need to be sensible. They're wild animals so don't expect them to be tame. Heed the warnings - don't bring backpacks, hats, remove any jewellery, don't bring food in and don't make eye contact or show your teeth and you'll be fine. There were lots of staff on-hand keeping an eye on tourists ensuring they didn't get too close Make sure you cover yourself in insect repellent beforehand - the mosquitos were out in force!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • RonalddeBoer
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit, but obey the rules 😉
    Bit touristic but nice visit. The location is beautiful, different temples, canyon and forest. The monkeys are semi wild (they can move in and out the park). Golden rules : no food (not even with you, they can smell it in your bag), don’t touch and when close, don’t look them in the eye. The monkeys are lured to the forest with food, as soon as the forest closes for public, some monkeys leave the park to search for food in the vicinity (even in the restaurant where we were sitting). Takes approximately 2 hours to walk the total park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Kayleigh D
    Jersey, United Kingdom138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    You can’t go to Ubud and not visit the monkey forest. It’s really lovely. Clean, friendly staff. You cannot touch or feed the monkeys but some may jump on you - we didn’t take any bags or anything in, people who did had monkeys jumping on them but they really encourage you not to engage with the monkeys. It’s not huge so don’t expect a whole day out but it’s nice to see the monkeys in their natural habitat
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
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Maria Lyngby
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
Even though we were a bit worried about the monkeys, we decided to give it a try. It was actually a good experience. If you have all your belongings in a backpack and bring no food whatsoever - and never attempt to get anything in your backpack while being there - then the monkeys will not get on you. And you’re safe.
But if you - like my husband - experience a monkey in a tree above you taking a pee on your head…. And you like me will be the helpful wife offering him a disinfection wipe from your backpack…. Then suddenly you have two or three monkeys crawling on you. I got quite scared because of all the stories of people being attacked by biting monkeys, but nothing happened. As soon as I went completely still, they lost interest and went of me.
So, all in all a good experience - but do not even grab a disinfection wipe in your backpack unless you really want monkeys all over.
Written 12 July 2024
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JAnneBNYC
Brooklyn143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
The fantastic sculptures, the forest itself, and the fascinating monkeys make this a great visit. When we arrived, we were kind of shocked at how crazy busy it was and doubtful we would like it. But once inside, the grounds are extensive and so, while busy, it is still a pleasant experience. It is very well maintained with a lot of staff around to keep it clean and attend to the monkeys.
Written 12 July 2024
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Nikki
Vancouver, Canada75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
We LOVED the monkey forest! Reading some of the reviews that mention aggressive monkeys and dirty environment, I was apprehensive, but we were so pleasantly surprised to discover that this is an absolute jungle oasis, fully of gorgeous plants and excellently landscaped, with beautiful temples and statues, and of course, fascinating monkeys. Just follow the rules and don't harass them, and you will be fine. They are unafraid of people- just respect their space and let them be. Amazing to watch!
Written 10 July 2024
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Dyl2013
Berkshire34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
This place is amazing and well worth a visit. Hundreds of monkeys living an amazing life in huge forest surroundings and completely comfortable with visitors (providing they don’t do anything stupid!).we had advice to go later in the day whilst the monkeys have their last meal before climbing up the trees for bedtime. There were fewer crowds later in the day, I can imagine it could get very hectic during mornings and early afternoons.
Written 6 July 2024
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Kaylee L
San Diego, California, United States74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Friends
You don’t have to visit the monkey forest to see monkeys while in Ubud but it was a nice spot to go for even the trees and art. There are a lot of monkeys and we had no issues with them. I recommend earlier to visit, we went at 10am and it was getting busy, especially by the time we left around 11:15. If you respect the monkey’s space and don’t hold eye contact, you will be fine. There are many people being dumb in there that were also fine but I suggest being a respectful one.
Written 4 July 2024
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Marge
Birmingham, UK533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
Plenty of monkeys to be seen of all ages. Not very expensive to get in . Few usual little clothes, souvenir stalls inside. Worth
a visit.
Written 4 July 2024
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Cat D
Carnegie, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Such a great time. The monkeys were awesome and not scary at all.
Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend.
Written 1 July 2024
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henn128
Jakarta, Indonesia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's a must go when you are in Ubud. The kids loved it too. There's lot of trees so it's not hot. There's a few stops where we can see the monkeys playing with their families, it's fun to see because there are lots of small and young monkeys. Be aware when you walk because sometimes the monkey showed up behind and up your head from a tree. And also be aware of your belongings. My son had a backpack and the monkey is so fast it stole the candy from his backpack pocket.
Written 24 June 2024
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Lorisdavies
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
It’s a really nice experience and a great way to explore the forest and see all the monkeys. We were a bit nervous before going as some monkeys can attack but if you follow the rules (don’t hold eye contact etc) and don’t bother the monkeys they are fine. It’s interesting to see the monkeys in their habitat and I recommend going, however it is very busy.
Written 19 June 2024
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lucy M
London3 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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