Sangeh Monkey Forest or ‘Obyek Wisata Bukit Sari Sangeh’ is a sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques in the village of the same name, located approximately 20km north of the island’s capital city of Denpasar. We found ourselves visiting this tourist attraction while out on a day trip around the Bali, with a couple of friends from China. The monkey forest boasts six hectares of fertile forestland with primordial, giant nutmeg trees which grow to a height of 40m. The sanctuary is considered sacred, where the macaques inhabit both the woods and the 17th century Pura Bukit Sari, a temple located deep within the greens. Among the many monkey forests scattered across the island, Sangeh can be considered best known among locals as the first to open as an attraction, hence the village name’s close association to the playful primates.
As it is considered a sacred site, women during their periods or those who are mourning the loss of a deceased family are considered by the locals as in an impure state, thus prohibited access into the forest.
Before we had even entered the forest, Elijah was already eagerly looking around. The monkeys were everywhere, and much to our horror, so was the trash. It is understandable that monkeys would get into everything, but there are locks that can be placed on trash cans to prevent the mess that we found as we entered this park. It seems that here, they didn’t feel the need to do that. The monkeys had spread the trash all over the grass and pathways. It was a lot cleaner inside the forest, thankfully!
Come one guys,
Let’s go see the monkeys!
Eli kept trying to wander off and explore but we were nervous that one of the bigger monkeys would chase him, so we figured he was safer in our arms that running around with these wild animals. And yes, Elijah is barefoot and loving it. He is, afterall, half South African!
Check out the double mohawk on that little guy!
He was absolutely tiny and so adorable.
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 18:00
Location: Sangeh village, Abiansemal, Badung regency
As you would expect, there are various art stalls and those selling food and refreshments near the parking and entrance. Admission fee to enter the sanctuary is IDR 5,000. How to get there: Sangeh Monkey Forest is located approximately 20km north of Denpasar, an estimate 30min drive via the main Denpasar-Pelaga route. If you find yourself in central Bali, you can also check out the Ubud Monkey Forest.