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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  • While tourism education invites children see firsthand the habitat of monkeys, able to communicate due to his handler.
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  • If you love animals then you'll love this place. There are stalls that sell bananas by the bunch. Once you have the fruits in your hand, the monkeys will start coming towards you. Offer one and they'l...  more »
  • Great apes everywhere everywhere. Here they are at home and make a little law but really a staple of Bali. Very nice ride. Guards are present everywhere to manage the monkeys and tourists... (especially tourists!)
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  • Such a lovely place! It's quite fascinating to learn about the monkey tribes. There are 6 different tribes there, if you go early enough in the morning (around 8 or 9 am) you can witness feeding time. You will see the boss of the tribe eat as well as the other monkeys. They are so interesting! At first I was scared of them but the longer I spent the more comfortable I got. The staff there are super knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions you may have. Believe me, I asked a lot!
  • Loved this place. The 🐒 s really are just walking around you. Ask one of the keepers to help you get a monkey on your shoulder. This way it is safe and enjoyable. You can buy banana yourself, but then they may just jump on you and freak you out. If you sit down with some corn and the keeper calls the monkey the whole experience is much better. The walk in that little bit of a jungle is great, too. Put some mosquito repellent on and don't carry any food or drink. The monkeys will take them. Kid you not!
  • If you like monkeys you have to go! Can buy bananas inside from 20,000. Hold them up and wait for a monkey with the camera ready they can be very quick! Don't be scared.. but don't touch. Beautiful place and lots to walk around. They will also take anything that could be of interest...!
  • Very beautiful forest with several monkeys. I strongly recommend this attraction because of its peculiarity. A suggestion: beware the animals! They can be annoying sometimes, especially if you carry food in your bags. Always check your personal belongings: they can steal what's accessible for them, so just carry with you what's strictly necessary. Apart from that, go exploring and have fun!
  • Had a lovely time here. The entrance fee was 50k a person and totally worth it. They sell bananas inside, small bunches for 20k, big bunches for 50k. You really have to put it away or hold on to the bunch well otherwise a monkey will steal the whole thing. They are very food motivated so most likely won't bother you if you don't have anything. Don't have any loose items on you otherwise they might steal it and it'll be impossible to get back because they are fast. I love how they are more in their 'natural' habitat, they have the choice to interact with humans or not.

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