Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Ubud, Bali

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

I used to be afraid of wild monkeys, but ever since I visited the snow monkeys in Japan, I fell in love with these cute, playful animals. When I heard that there was a Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali, I knew I had to stop by.

The locals warned us to be careful as the Balinese long-tailed monkeys could get aggressive at times and steal your things like sunglasses, but as long as you follow these guidelines, you will be fine:

- Do not look into the monkey’s eye
- Do not bring any kind of plastic or paper bags
- Do not touch, grab or disturb the monkeys
- Do not feed the monkeys peanut, cookies, candy, bread or any kind of human snacks or drinks.

Balinese Long-tailed Monkeys at Sacred Monkey Forest

Balinese Long-tailed Monkeys at Sacred Monkey Forest

The monkeys of Ubud keeping each other clean

The monkeys of Ubud keeping each other clean

Baby monkey eyeing the food at the Sacred Monkey Forest

Baby monkey eyeing the food at the Sacred Monkey Forest

Baliense long-tailed monkey taking a little break at the Sacred Monkey Forest

Baliense long-tailed monkey taking a little break at the Sacred Monkey Forest

The entire time we were at the park, the monkeys were all minding their own business unless you had food. There is a banana stand by the entrance where the visitors can buy some bunches for the monkeys. Rp 20,000 (~$1.50) for a small bunch and Rp 50,000 (~$3.75) for a big bunch.

Buy bananas for the monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest

Buy bananas for the monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest

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To feed the monkeys, hold out the banana away from your body and the monkeys will take it from you gently. If you hold the fruit near your body, most likely, the monkeys will jump on you and grab the fruit from your hands. Don’t panic when the monkey jumps on your shoulders. If you show any sign of fear or panic, the monkey will react differently and sense something is wrong.