During our visit to Bali, we really didn’t leave our amazing resort much, but being animal lovers, one of the places we knew we had to see was the Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
Perched on top of a steep cliff, Uluwatu Temple offers beautiful views and is a great place to see the sunset. On top of the amazing views, you have the chance to see daily Kecak dance performances, beautiful Balinese architecture, and ancient sculptures.
As you can tell by our photos, we were most fascinated with the monkeys that live in the small forest in front. Because there are so many visitors to this temple, they are all used to humans being around. They are bold enough to come up to you, and sometimes they grab your belongings. There are warning signs that tell you to watch your things around them, and sunglasses and cameras are some of their favorite items to grab. If you do happen to get something taken, you can usually trade some peanuts or banana to get it back. Smart guys, huh?
Pecatur Village, Kuta sub-district, Bandung regency
Opening Hours: 9AM to 6PM for visitors, 24 Hours Daily for Worship
Entrance fee: Rp 50,000 (roughly $3.75)
Tips for Visiting the Uluwatu Temple Monkeys in Bali Indonesia.
- It is a 45 min drive from Nusa Dua. There is no public transportation to get to the temple, so be sure you prearrange a ride or taxi for leaving.
- Visitors must wear a sarong or a sash that you can get there.
- Public facilities are available, but not in the temple area.
- Best time to go is just before sunset.
- Don’t let the monkeys steal your stuff. They aren’t the most friendly either, so be cautious.
- Fun fact: Ulu means “land’s end” or “tip” and watu means “rock”
Have you been to a monkey temple?
What’s your favorite animal to see?