Please be aware you are in semi – free ranging monkey area. Monkey aren’t aggressive by nature; they will only DEFEND THEMSELVES if they fell threatened.

There are some important things you should know while you are in Monkey Forest Ubud are:


    if the monkeys jump on you, please drops any food and walk away slowly. They will soon jump off.


    when monkeys approach you, keep calm and do not scream. Avoid shouting as this may frighten them.


    this is interpreted as a sign of aggression.


    because the monkeys will know and try to find it and do not ever try to pull it back.


    To keep the forest litter-free and to avoid monkeys taking and playing with it.


    (sunglasses, earrings, accessories, jewelry, etc).


Inside the Monkey Forest visitors can see 3 temples (Pura Dalem or temple to worship Lord Shiva, Holy Water Temple, and Cremation Temple). Visitors can also see various kinds of trees and definitely Monkeys.

Monkey Forest uses the“Tri Hita Karana” concept.

Tri Hita Karana is a traditional philosophy stating three ways to reach physical and spiritual well-being. When the concept of Tri Hita Karana is properly implemented, there will be harmonization on humans relationship with the Supreme God, harmonization on humans’ relationship with humans, and harmonizing the relationship between humans and his environment.

Based on analysis, the temple was built in the 14 century, about 600 – 700 years ago.

The temple is only for prayer in the Balinese traditional means.

In the Main Temple people pray to God Shiva.

In Pura Prajapati (cremation temple) people pray to Lord Brahma Prajapati.

In the Holy Water Temple people pray to Goddess Gangga.

The sculptures in the monkey forest are symbols of the energies supporting the powers of the Temples.

Some people believe their wish will become true if they do that.

Actually we are not sure how old the banyan tree is here, but we know this tree is at least 100 years old.

At the Monkey Forest we have an exhibition room, open stage, first aid clinic, animal (monkey) clinic, sufficient toilets, and wide parking area.

The forest is around 12.5 hectares  (30, 8 acres)

The type is known scientifically as Macaca fascicularis or Balinese long-tailed macaque.

There are more than 600 monkeys, split into 6 groups. At the Cremation Temple, Central Point, East part of the main temple, at the north east area, at the main temple area, and at the new forest area.

The main food of the monkeys is sweet potatoes, but in daily combine with another food, such as; banana, papaya leaves, seasonal fruit, etc.

It is forbidden to feed monkeys peanuts because of the monkey health reasons.

Yes, as long as the visitors don’t touch and play with the monkey, follow our Guidelines and please ask assistance from the staff if needed.

Monkey Forest staff feed the monkey 3 times per day, please do not give any extra food.

Please do not panicstand up and slowly walk away. Please also ask for help from the staff.

Sometimes they might bite if visitors touch and play with the monkey.

Go to the Monkey Forest First Aid, and the clinic staff will help or clean with alcohol and provide antiseptic cream.

The monkeys at the Monkey Forest are healthy. Monkey Forest Ubud are in cooperation with Primate Research Center of Udayana University to monitor monkey health.

From 14 years research, by Dr. Agustin Fuentes from the Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, USA, never found any case of rabies in any monkey in Bali.

Yes, to take a picture with the monkey, please maintain a good distance from the monkey. In case you need any assistance please ask the Monkey Forest Staff.

It’s free of charge. (Gratis)

Usually the monkeys fight because of reasons such as territory; one or several monkeys may pass through another’s territory, as well as females, food or to get the higher position as a king.

There are a cemetery for adults and infants.

At this time there no special cemetery for the monkeys.

If there find a dead monkey, will be buried around the monkey forest area, or at the place where it was found.

To warn the monkey to stop acting naughty.

Meat and fish. They eat eggs but not birds and no other animals.

 Nothey are active during daylight and rest during the night.

An infant weighs around 0.05 – 0. 1 kg at birth. Adult females grow to 2.5 – 5.7 kg in weight. Males can sometimes reach over 3.5 – 8 kg. Maximum recorded is 11 kg.

Usually only one infant, twins are very rarely born, females are pregnant for nearly 6 months.

Monkey infants stay with their mother until they are about 10 months old. They receive breast milk for the first 6 months of their life but also learn to eat other foods. The mother teaches them everything about survival in the forest. They share a very close relationship.

No, as adults they spend most of the time on their own. Babies and children stay together with their mother. However mothers and young macaques do socialize and the infants play together.

Females can start having babies between 3.7 – 5 years old. Male monkeys start between the ages of 3 – 5 years. After that he will grow his beard and moustache. Cheek pads and throat pouches may not appear until he is older than 4.5 years and might not grow at all.

They sleep in trees in the Monkey Forest area.

We do apologize, please leave plastic bags at the ticket counter, because the monkey will grab it as they are curious.

Because here they are protected by the local people and there is plenty of food provided.