Ubud Monkey Forest Bali -Kingdom of the Swingers!

Remember King Louie and his kingdom in Jungle Book? Though you won’t meet the ‘King of Swingers’, you will meet many of his subjects at the amazing Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali. So, quit ‘monkeyin’ around’ and read this!

Mutante, Bali Indonesia Ubud Monkey Forest 01, CC BY-SA 3.0

Image Credit – Mutante, Bali Indonesia Ubud Monkey Forest 01, CC BY-SA 3.0

Where Monkeys Rule

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Image Credit – Flickr user: D.Meutia, Ubud Monkeys, CC BY 2.0

Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, the Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the most popular attractions in Bali. This natural forest sanctuary is home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques that have taken over the entire area as their kingdom. The locals believe that the forest is an important economic, educational, and spiritual conservation centre for the village.

How To Get There

Mutante, Bali Indonesia Ubud Monkey Forest welcome sign, CC BY-SA 3.0

Image Credit – Mutante, Bali Indonesia Ubud Monkey Forest welcome sign, CC BY-SA 3.0

The forest is located about 10 minutes away from Ubud City and an hour away from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. There are plenty of options for accommodation – rooms and villas can be found within easy reach of the forest as well as high-end resorts like COMO Uma Ubud. If you’re driving there by yourself take the Ubud main road and go south towards Jalan Hanoman. This will lead you to a right turn towards the forest.

Monkeys Galore

William Cho, Bali – The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (2688748308), CC BY-SA 2.0

Image Credit – William Cho, Bali – The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (2688748308), CC BY-SA 2.0

Since monkeys are the main attraction here, there are many conservation efforts underway that include many studies and research dedicated to observe the monkeys’ diet, health, and breeding habits. The monkeys come very near tourists and this makes it tempting to touch and feed them, but you are advised against it. Why? Because they are wild animals and no matter how cute they look you always need to exercise caution. You are also advised to not wear any loose apparel or jewellery that the creatures will snatch from you.

Much More Awaits

Image Credit - っ, Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal 200507, CC BY-SA 3.0

Image Credit – , Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal 200507, CC BY-SA 3.0

There are three Hindu temples located within the Ubud Monkey Forest that are said to be built around 1350. They are the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal or the Padangtegal Great Temple of Death, the Pura Beji Temple and the Pura Prajapati Temple. All of these temples have amazing statues and relics.

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Monkey Forest Sanctuary – the home of Bali’s Grey macaques

The highlands of Bali are world famous as the heart and soul of the island’s deep cultural and artistic roots. The cool, mountainous region of Ubud in particular, has attracted many a traveller to its lush green valleys, cultural villages, markets and dense forests. Accommodation wise, like most of the accommodation in Bali, Ubud has its share of scenic retreats, like the COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, for example.

While there are plenty of captivating things to see and do in the region, one of Ubud’s biggest attractions for visitors, is the celebrated Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, the six hectares of fertile forestland, shrouded by giant nutmeg trees, is home to Bali’s mischievous looking, long-tailed grey macaque.

Around 600 macaques are said to live in the sanctuary, with 5 main groups located in different areas. While they generally live in peace, conflicts are known to arise between the monkey groups due to territory crossings. Once notorious for stealing from visitors, over the years, their behaviour toward humans has improved, thanks to a management program run by the surrounding community. However, while they look cute and seem friendly, all visitors are advised to remain on guard and treat them as wild animals. Aside from the macaques, the forest is also home to 22 varieties of birds, 5 species of mammals, various reptiles and several other creatures.

Besides watching the monkeys lazing around trails or swinging through the canopies; located further in the thick forest, ancient temples, surrounded by stone statues covered in moss, can be found in several places. The most famous of which is the 17th century Bukit Sari Temple. A full day is needed to really explore the forest trails and take in the beauty of the tall trees, mystical stone temples and of course, watch the monkey families.

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Hike up Mount Agung in Bali – Make a Trek to the Summit of an Active Volcano in Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali has become immensely popular amongst holidaymakers in the recent past. Its alluring beaches, lush forests and iconic landmarks have attracted many from across the world. Those who seek adventure and excitement combined with immense natural beauty will find hiking and trekking in Bali a wonderful experience.

There are several hiking trails that are considered to be some of the best trails in Bali. These include Mount Batur, an active volcano, from which panoramic views of the ocean as well as Lake Batur can be experienced. For those residing in a Candidasa hotel, the most convenient is undoubtedly Mount Agung, which can be accessed from nearby resorts such as Alila Manggis within an hour. However, for those who seek an adrenaline packed hike, Mount Rinjani is possibly the best option for this trek requires a three-day hike.

Mount Agung, located in East Bali, is an active volcano in Indonesia. Therefore, prior to planning a trek, it makes sense to make enquiries as to its stability. With the distinction of being one of the highest volcanoes in the country, it is last known to have erupted over 50 years ago. This volcanic mountain is also of immense spiritual significance and therefore, trekking or hiking is prohibited when certain ceremonies take place.

Given the challenging and unpredictable terrain, it is best to hire the services of a guide when planning a trek. Such a service is usually offered at a flat rate inclusive of any fees and permit costs. Along the trek also be prepared to see the Mother Temple of Bali, the Besakih Temple. There are a number of climbing routes to choose from: one can opt for a 7-hour ascent from Besakih, from Pura Pasar Agung Temple or from Duku Bujangga Sakti. Each trail has its own benefits, but it also depends on what one wishes to experience. For instance, the route from Besakih will take you to the summit of Mount Agung, and if you choose to climb through the night, you can reach the summit in time for sunrise.

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The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud; Tales of Reincarnation

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud covers about 27 greenery filled acres of land which provides a serene home to over 600 long-tailed macaques. These monkeys are classified into 4 groups in accordance with the areas of the park that they occupy. The sanctuary is an eminent cultural and spiritual landmark that hosts about 10,000 visitors each month. The sanctuary is owned and operated under the leadership of the Padangtegal. The forest itself is sacred to the villagers and there are a few sacred sites located within the reserve that draws from the Balinese Hindu beliefs revolving around death and reincarnation. The Temple of Death, Temple of Cremation and Holy Springs Bathing Temple are among the few sacred sites inside. The area is also home to many Ubud Villas such as Alila Ubud Bali and many other lodging service providers that cater to the large crowds that visit the sanctuary on a monthly basis.
If you are wondering how monkeys fit into the life and death beliefs of Indonesia, the Ramayana epic gives you all the answers. The epic goes on to say that Sita the wife of Rama is abducted by the evil king Ravana. Rama is said to have enlisted the help of Sugriva and Hanuman who both resemble monkeys, to bring her back safely. Hanuman and Sugriva battle many antagonistic monkeys ruled by Ravana before they finally bring Sita safely home. The villagers, who believe in the religious lore, both love and hate the monkeys which they feed daily and revere. At the same time, their mischief which escalates to stealing household items of the villagers also turns the villagers’ reverence into malice when the monkeys attack and bite them, becoming a menace to the village.

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The Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

Bali for Adventure Seekers – Jump right in!

It is the beach capital of Asia. Over four million foreign tourists arrive each year, in search of the world’s best waves for surfing, finest dive sites, nightlife and parties that pulsate through the night. All of this can only be found in Bali. Beach resort properties line the beachfront, inches away from the action.

Head to Tanjung Benoa for adrenalin pumping water sports. Only fifteen minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and right on the beach is the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa. Here you will find fun rides like jet skiing, banana boat rides, the flying fish, rolling doughnut, parasailing, kayaking and more. A number of the water sports centers have boats to hire for snorkelling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat rides and fishing. The Rip Curl Surf School also has a presence in Bali, with four schools located in Legian, Kuta, Sanur and Jimbaran, surfers can catch the best waves on both Balinese coasts. You can choose from courses in surfing, kite surfing, wake boarding, wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding and body boarding. You can also personalise your course according the time you have available and your experience level.Head inland and take a tour with an adventure tour company that coordinates groups for white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking and helicopter flights. Or get down and dirty riding an ATV through the muddy paddy fields of Nothern Ubud. To experience the famed Bali nightlife head to the beach after sunset. Kuta attracts younger, wilder crowds with low priced drinks and mainstream dance music. Seminyak is frequented by a slightly more refined group that includes a large number of expatriates. Upscale bars and pubs serve high quality imported liquor and good food with skilled bartenders and even upmarket musical entertainment. Live music, comprising of popular cover bands and karaoke, can be found in Kuta, Sanur and Denpasar.

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Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking – Dawn to Remember

Best known for its beaches Bali is also one of the most culturally rich regions of the East. There are various natural attractions that cannot be missed on a trip to Bali. Among them, one that makes it to most tourist’s checklist is Mount Batur. Considered as one of the most sacred volcanoes according to Hindu belief.

Tourists pile up in the island annually for various reasons ranging from romantic getaways to beach holidays. There are also tourists who come to explore the culture and heritage of Bali Surf Resorts are growing in numbers due to those who come in search of adventure holidays. There are various resorts around these significant tourist attractions to cater to the diverse needs of the tourists. In close proximity to the Batur Volcano too there are numerous resorts. One that has managed to stand out from the rest is Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort. Being close to one of the main tourists attractions has been one of the key reasons for its popularity.

The trek up the Batur Volcano is an experience to remember and especially being at the summit for sunrise is a memory of a lifetime. Enjoying breakfast at dawn is one of the most rewarding experiences after a tiring climb! The views from the summit are mind blowing as. There is lush green tropical rainforest as far as the eye can see and rice paddy fields and the mountains surrounding it all make the whole experience completely worth it.

The hikes are mostly guided and often start off after midnight to make it well in time for the sunrise. So make sure to book yours to enjoy the once in a lifetime experience!

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Jet Skiing at Tanjung Bali – The Water Sport for Speed Freaks

Located between Java and Lombok is the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. Considered to be one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations for tourists, Bali offers a great combination of a mild tropical climate, pristine sandy beaches, breath-taking natural beauty, and a unique culture. The numerous attractions and wide range of recreational and leisure options of Bali make staying on this island a truly memorable and fun experience. For a stay in a luxury Bali beach resort make a reservation at the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa.

Located 15km away from the international airport of Bali is scenic beachside destination of Tanjung. Tanjung, being one of more popular destinations in Bali, is also a great place for water sports due to its pristine beachfront and excellent water conditions. While many water sports are enjoyed here, none are more exciting and thrilling as jet skiing. If you’ve ever wanted to zoom through the water at high speeds in one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in the world, then you simply must try out jet skiing in Tanjung.
Jet skiing has always been a sport that captured the imagination of speed freaks and adrenaline junkies. The reason for this is that jet skiing allows you to get on to a handy machine with a powerful 135 – 150HP engine capable of generating speeds easily over 50mph! With such speeds, it is no surprise why jet skiing is loved all over the world. However, jet skiing in Tanjung offers something a bit special, as the beauty of the surrounding area and the marvelous climate make the whole jet skiing experience all the more memorable. During the right time of the year, you can even Jet Ski the whole day as the weather permits all day outdoor activities. Do not worry if you don’t know how to handle a Jet Ski, as there are many instructors in Tanjung who will be more than willing to accompany you as you Jet Ski. So go on and have an adrenaline pumping Jet Ski experience in Tanjung!

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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Thrilling Wildlife Experience

If one is looking to experience the culture, the beaches, the cuisine and the nightlife in East Asia then look no further than Bali. The island has certainly become a tourist hotspot. When in search of Bali hotels, Legian is a great place to stay if you want to keep yourself occupied as well as enjoy the beach. Ideally located to explore most of Legian from, OSSOTEL makes a convenient base for your travels.

While in Legian plan an excursion to Bali Safari and Marine Park. The park is home to over 60 species of animals and some of which are rare and endangered. Among them are the Komodo Dragon, Orang-utan and Bali Mynah.

The safari park offers once in a lifetime experiences. One can choose to ride on an elephant back to get an up close experience with some of the animals in the Animal Encounter Space. One of the wildest fine dining moments can be experienced here, at the Tsavo Lion Restaurant. Enjoy dining surrounded by lions, porcupines and meerkats. A great show is put on at the state of the art theatre within the park; the show is none other than the Bali Agung. There is also a chance to create your own big splash at the water park and fun zone.

The park is actively engaged in various conservation as well as educational programs through its membership in many wildlife societies and associations. It offers a great way to spend a whole day with the family. The park also provides an educational and learning experience for the kids.

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Waterbom Bali, the best waterpark – Your One-Stop Destination for Outdoor Fun

Blessed with Nature’s finest beauty from luscious hills to miles of clear coastline and dazzling turquoise sea, Bali is the ultimate tropical paradise. Among Bali’s many man-made attractions are its luxurious hotels including OSSOTEL and Bali’s greatest pride, the famous Waterbom Waterpark.

Waterbom lies in Bali’s Kuta region and is near some of the finest of Legian hotel options. Regarded as one of Bali’s finest family entertainment centres, the sprawling 3.8 hectare Waterbom Waterpark includes world-class rides and many restaurants and shops thus earning its place among the world’s top 5 best Waterparks. Determined to maintain its family-friendly standards, the Park has been built to the highest safety standards and is an EarthCheck Silver Benchmarked company that is committed to being environmentally sustainable. For the thousands who flock to the Park each year, Waterbom is the ideal family getaway.

Open daily from 9 a.m to 6 p.m, visitors can purchase a ticket and enter a world where relaxation and enjoyment is a motto. Take an exhilarating ride on ‘Fast ‘N Fierce’ or on the dramatic ‘Double Twist’ that transports visitors through heart-stopping twists and sharp vertical drops. Take in the breathtaking views of the Kuta skyline while you snake through the Park on ‘The Pipeline’ or take the 16 meter-long ride on ‘Climax’ and end your ride in a ‘splash’ in the pool below. Spend a relaxing afternoon drifting along Waterbom’s ‘Lazy River’ and admire the gentle ride through waterfalls and foliage.

Enjoy some quiet time in the cool shade of the poolside thatch-roof gazebos and have a refreshing drink at Sunken Poolside Bar or at the new Thai Italian Restaurant that serves the finest fusion cuisine. Visit the Reflexology Centre for a soothing massage and dip your feet into the pond at the Fish Spa. Grab a hotdog and juice from one of the Park’s many food stalls before shopping for chic swimwear and gear at Waterbom’s Retail space and have the expenses charged automatically to your ‘Splashband’ to be paid when leaving the Park after a memorable day spent in Bali’s widely-acclaimed national treasure.

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Bali Dolphin Tours – Wake up in the Ocean

Bali in the recent years has blossomed into a tourist paradise, with visitors coming in from all across the globe. The main reasons for them to pick this exotic island are the endless beaches, the crystal clear waters, the food and the entertainment. Many who have visited the island have also highly boasted about the accommodation available here. Starwood Indonesia is one of the highly recommended hotels by past visitors.

Bali travel tips include a varying range of activities, one that has gained a lot of prominence in the recent years has been the Dolphin watching activities around the island. The perfect place to catch a glimpse of the magnificent t creatures would be Lovina Beach. The beach is very popular among tourist as the calm waters are habitat for Dolphins. The tours take place in the early hours of the morning where the visitors are taken into the sea using traditional outrigger boats and are stay until the Dolphins come above waters. The view is priceless as the sun just rises and these beauties come out of the waters to play. The tour organizers allow a good deal of time before they bid good bye to these harmless giants.

The visitors are then taken to Git Git water fall which is in the middle of rain forest and is a great deal of fresh breath to add to the journey. The water is a major tourist attraction in Bali, the water is crystal clean and sometimes there are people playing around the falls.

Another one of the attractions that the tour takes the visitors past is the the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Located in the highlands beside the lake Beratan, the temple is dedicated to the goddess of people as the lake is the main source of irrigation for the people of this part of the region. This is the final part of the Dolphin Tour.

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