Ubud Monkey Forest Bali

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Ubud Monkey Forest Bali

Visiting the Ubud monkey forest in Bali is a must on all Bali itineraries. The Ubud monkey forest is visited by over 10,000 tourists a month, I mean look at these cute guys who wouldn’t want to feed them bananas?! So what exactly is the monkey forest, where is it, how much doest it cost, etc? We’re here to answer all your questions about the monkey forest!

Ubud Monkey Forest Close Up Of A Monkey

What Is The Ubud Monkey Forest?

The Ubud monkey forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple located in Ubud, Bali Indonesia. Technically its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, but if you ask for the monkey forest in Bali everyone will know what you are referring to. The monkey forest demonstrates the coexistence of humans and nature. Several temple festivals are held within the grounds of the monkey forest. The area enclosed by the temple walls and the forest area around it are considered sacred.

Where Is The Monkey Forest?

Ubud Monkey Forest Feeding Monkeys

The Ubud monkey forest is located in the town of Ubud on the island of Bali in Indonesia.  If you search “Sacred Monkey Forest” in Google maps and it will bring the location up. The address: 

How Do I Get To The Monkey Forest Ubud?

The easiest way to visit the monkey forest is on a tour. Several tours include a stop at the Ubud monkey forest as part of the day trip. Here are a few of the tours including the Bali monkey forest:

We rented a driver for the day and made our own day trip. This let us visit sights in Bali at our own speed, and spend enough time at the monkey forest in Bali. If you are staying in Ubud either grab a taxi, rent a motorbike, or you can easily walk to the monkey forest.

When Is The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Open?

The Ubud monkey forest is open daily 8:30a.m til 6p.m. I suggest visiting earlier in the day, the temperatures are more favorable earlier in the morning. Tickets are only available for sale until 5:30pm, as that is the last entrance.

How Much Does It Cost To Get In The Monkey Forest?

As of April 2016 entrance fees for adults is 40,000 Indonesian Rupiahs which is roughly $3 and children 30,000 rupiahs $2.25. Bananas are available for sale in front of the monkey forest, we bought a bundle for 45,000 rupiahs $3.25.

Ubud Monkey Forest Bali Baby Monkey Eating Banana

What Are The Guidelines For Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest?

Ubud Monkey Forest monkey climbing me

There are several guidelines when visiting the monkey forest, all of which are there for your own safety.

  • Do not run
  • Do not panic
  • Do not look a monkey in the eye
  • Do not hide food
  • Do not bring paper/plastic bag
  • Take care of your belongings, monkeys will steal items
  • Do not touch/grab/disturb the monkeys especially babies, the mothers are defensive
  • Do not feed peanuts, cookies, candy, bread, or any snack/drink (bananas are okay)

Children should be supervised at all times. Please remember these are wild animals and are unpredictable.

Tips For Visiting The Monkey Forest?

When we visited we didn’t listen to our driver who told us DO NOT BUY BANANAS. If you insist on buying the bananas so you can feed the monkeys in the monkey forest do not hide them from the monkeys. The monkeys can smell the bananas and will be literally crawling up your body to get them. I am speaking from experience.

Ubud monkey forest monkey looking for bananas

When you run out of bananas you will still smell like bananas, and the monkeys will think you still have bananas. They will continue to climb on you. This can all be avoided if you don’t buy the bananas.

Ubud monkey forest baby monkey and mother

Don’t wear sunglasses, I saw several monkeys steal sunglasses right off of tourists heads. Make sure you purse is shut and on you, monkeys are quick and will steal items out of they have the chance. They will snatch your items and run up and laugh, you won’t be laughing.

Ubud monkey forest laughing monkey

Have you been to the monkey forest in Ubud? 

Ubud monkey forest monkey on a statue

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  • Mandy
    Posted at 18:57h, 14 November Reply

    You guy are too funny! Great website by the way.

  • Mary
    Posted at 21:37h, 21 January Reply

    Wow, fantastic photographs. Cannot wait to show my son who loves to take wildlife photographs. Oh, we won’t be visiting the monkey forest. Been to Bali many times 20 years ago. Found that these cute monkeys have quite a dark side. Was a lot braver in my youth. Have a picture which I took from the safety of the bus of a huge monkey sitting in my brothers shoulders. Still gives me the creeps. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Thanks for responding trip advisor query. Happy and safe travels!
    MdM Melbourne

    • Hannah
      Posted at 22:05h, 21 January Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the photos! Who knew that I would get attacked for the bananas and then again for not having any banana’s! Had I known that, I can say we would for sure we would NOT have purchased any silly bananas! It makes for a great story though! You were smart for keeping your distance and staying in the bus! We look forward to sharing many more travel stories, pictures, and tips! Safe travels to you too! Cheers!

  • Natalia
    Posted at 19:34h, 15 April Reply

    Macaques are very rambunctious in the wild. When you throw in people and food, they get so aggressive. They’ll steal from you even if you don’t have any food. One monkey made a grab for my water bottle once. I’m glad you learned the lesson. Don’t feed the stupid monkeys!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 21:42h, 15 April Reply

      Yep lesson learned! Should have listened to our driver!

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:41h, 20 November Reply

    We went to the park as well but didn’t buy bananas. The monkeys were pretty well behaved unlike the monkeys a Uluwatu, saw lots of monkeys there stealing people’s things

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:31h, 25 November Reply

      You were SMART! Those darn monkey’s are clever I tell you!

  • ChinaMatt
    Posted at 20:50h, 21 June Reply

    Need more signs like at the zoo.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 16:33h, 29 June Reply

      They need LOTS and LOTS of signs!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 01:18h, 06 July Reply

    Thanks for the warning – phew! I’m headed there this week, can’t wait to see the cheeky monkeys!

  • Colin G.
    Posted at 02:04h, 12 April Reply

    Oh dear, you fell in to the trap of actually bringing food near monkeys. Never do it. My wife knows.
    Don’t worry you’ll know for the next monkey forest you go to. Oh yes, there are many around!

  • Our Wanders
    Posted at 02:54h, 19 April Reply

    Looks like such a fun place, we love observing animals in their natural habitat. And your pics are so cute!

  • Jesper, The Biveros Effect
    Posted at 00:29h, 21 April Reply

    Nice photos. 🙂

  • Dannielle | While I'm Young and Skinny
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 April Reply

    Maaan I ran out of time in Indonesia and didn’t make it to Ubud, and seeing posts like this makes me regret it!

  • Ria
    Posted at 08:57h, 21 July Reply

    Last week it was my 2nd visit in this forest and I really suggest to read and follow suggestions in this post what not to do in Ubud monkey forest! I saw by myself when one mom monkey attacked and bitten seriously one traveler who came too close to take a picture of her and her baby. The traveler was bleeding a lot. Stay safe!
    P.S. really cool photos! 🙂

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