Travel Snapshots: Sacred Monkey Forest Of Ubud, Bali

sacred monkey forest 1Bali has been an AMAZING experience thus far!  And while I already have scheduled content out through the rest of the week, I had to jump in with a quick post featuring our visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud.  Thus far this has been the little one’s favorite activity and frankly Lukus and I loved it as well.

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sacred monkey forest 3The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is unlike other wildlife preserves I have visited, in that the monkeys truly roam free.  Set in a small forest located in the village of Padangtegal, the forest is home to a community of long-tailed macaques as well as Balinese Hinduism (not to be confused with traditional Hinduism) temples.  The village owns and maintains the forest both for religious and conservation purposes.

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sacred monkey forestOn our visit we walked through the forest, interacting with the highly social macaques along the way.  They were absolutely everywhere and would even eat out of our hands and occasionally climbed on our heads!  The macaques ranged in age from true infants to full grown adults and live in family systems.  I loved getting to see these creatures up close and personal.  We got a taste not only of their communal systems, but of the personalities as well.  This was truly an extraordinary experience and one I would highly recommend if you ever have the opportunity.



Oh and one- more just for laughs — here is when a monkey climbed on my head:



  1. Wow, must have been amazing being there, the macaques are so sweet! And the last image is really fun and wonderful! xo

  2. Oh amazing pictures and I always dream of going to Bali one day. Your baby girl is so precious and I adore the last pic, lol. I have read an article of all this monkey somewhere in Asia where they were caged and they take this pictures of them and they look like humans almost like and they are wearing mask.


  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pix! I always wanted a monkey when I was a child. I would have been in Heaven, especially since I am still such a child at heart… Thanks for sharing, Lexus. Love you guys!

  4. Wow those are some great pics, I can’t believe the monkey got on your head. That must have been a great trip.

  5. Lovely photos, wish I could’ve been there, too!

  6. Haha how cool, that last photo is of the monkey sitting on your shoulder/head. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos. x/Madison

  7. This place had to be very interesting and fun :) And this monkey from 5th photo is so cute! :)

  8. that last photo is priceless! i would’ve done the same thing. the sacred monkey forest is fabulous. i love that they can roam free and are not caged. they are the cutest monkeys. glad you and your family enjoyed.

  9. Would absolutely love to experience it! The photos are so beautiful, especially the one with the baby monkey – just precious. Amazing how they let people into their life, even if a little bit. Just so precious… x

  10. P.S. I realised I used “just precious” twice in one comment! I really am blown away and lost for (proper) words right now. x

  11. I loved reading this Alexis, but how did that monkey get on your head? Did it jump down on you? I’m laughing just thinking about it. I’ve always wanted to go to Bali, I can’t believe I haven’t been. Hope you’re having a great time and that photo of your little girl is just so adorable!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. Oh man, I hope you’re enjoying your time over there! That last photo is absolutely hilarious, bahaha. Bali looks like a really neat place–and one for great photography opportunities, too, as you’ve made apparent here!

  13. What an awesome place!! They just climb right up on you to say hi?! That’s so awesome!!

  14. hi there
    it was nice discovering your blog and be a friend in twitter/facebook. :)

    love this travel/adventure of yours ive always wanted to visit bali

  15. What a wonderful experience you’re having! I’m glad the monkeys were friendly :-)

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