The Monkeys of Bali

Almost every place has a certain type of animal that roams the streets and lives in public or suburban areas. Most areas have squirrels, rabbits, or even just birds, but Bali has monkeys. Ubud is home to the local Balinese Long-Tailed Monkey, also known as a macaque. With over 900 monkeys living in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud and 115 different species of trees, visitors can come observe the monkeys in their natural habitat.

         The monkeys are divided into 7 different territories in order to keep certain monkeys together as a group. People can visit each area with the monkeys and see the different habitats they live in. The territories include a temple, Michelin, central territory, eastern territory, south territory, new forest and a cemetery. With each territory you visit, you will see a variety of infants, adults, and juveniles that are both male and female. 

         The monkeys are fed in the forest at least 3 times a day. Their main source of food comes from sweet potato, with a possible addition of banana, corn, papaya leaf, coconut and cucumber. It is advised not to feed the monkeys upon arrival because this may encourage them to approach you out of curiosity. 

         After visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud, the best way to end the day would be to jump in the ocean at Kuta Beach and go for a surf. Odyssey Surf School will help you with equipment and instruction. Don’t forget to tell your surf instructor about your stories from the monkey forest because they would love to hear all about it!