Sacred Monkey Forest — Bali

In March 2014 we went to Ubud, Bali after spending a week in New Zealand.

One of the highlights of our time in Bali was the Monkey Forest of Padangtegal.

Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex owned by the village of Padangtegal.

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

The local name is Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana.

Monkey Forest

The 27-acre forest is home to about 115 different species of trees:

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

And home to about 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys.

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

There are approximately 39 adult males, 38 subadult males, 194 adult females, 243 juvenile, and 91 infants:

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

And they are all mischievous!

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

Don’t let their sweet innocent faces fool you:

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

All they really care about is food.

Monkey Forest

If you choose to feed them, you can purchase bananas at the entrance.

Monkey Forest

Just be careful because you are feeding a wild animal while over 600 other wild animals watch.

Monkey Forest

You don’t need to be afraid — you just need to be alert.

Monkey Forest

The monkeys can be naughty and will steal your loose items like cameras, sunglasses, hats, etc.

Monkey Forest

So again, just be aware of these things before entering the Monkey Forest.

Monkey Forest

I loved watching them interact with each other.

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest

When they aren’t being naughty, they are playful and silly animals.

Monkey Forest

One guy even went for a swim!

Monkey Forest

We could have stayed there and watched them all day.

Monkey Forest

When your travels take you to Ubud, be sure and make time for the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Monkey Forest

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You can read all about our villa in the rice fields and the delicious food we ate HERE.
And for some of Ubud’s temples and sights click HERE.

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