Uluwatu Temple

Cute Monkeys Steal the Show at Uluwatu Temple

We had a blast seeing the monkeys of Uluwatu Temple up close and wanted to share some of our photos. Perched on high cliffs with spectacular ocean views, Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most beautiful attractions. But there are also hundreds of monkeys around Uluwatu Temple. Their silly antics always steal the show.

Some places on Bali offer monkey feeding, but not at Uluwatu Temple. Here it’s look, but don’t touch. The monkeys are accustomed to people, but they are not domesticated. They are still wild animals, and that makes them even more fun and interesting to watch.

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Monkey enjoying famous Uluwatu Temple sunset

Walking the cliffs around Uluwatu Temple provides some amazing sights. The cliff walk is fenced, paved, and stretches for more than a mile in both directions. You meet many cute monkeys along the cliffs, but guard your belongings. These mischievous monkeys are notorious thieves.

It’s not all sheer cliffs and paved walkways. There’s a small forest on the other of the path where the monkeys relax and play.

Uluwatu Temple Monkey Forest

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Monkey relaxing in tree

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Effortlessly Graceful, Strong, and Fast

All the monkeys of Uluwatu Temple are cute and entertaining, but the babies are clearly the most captivating. Getting a glimpse of these little ones is a real treat.

Baby Monkeys at Play

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Curious Baby Monkey Sneaking a Peak

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Grabbing a Quick Snack before Playtime.

The next 5 photos show the most hilarious scene of the day. These 2 baby monkeys had us rolling in laughter.

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Baby Monkey Looking for Playmate

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Baby Monkey Teasing. Very Cheeky.

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Baby Monkeys at Play. Very Adorable.

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Baby Monkey Business??? Didn’t see that coming.

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Baby Monkey Cracks Up, as Mom Squashes Shenanigans.

He looks like such a gremlin but in the cutest way possible. We were amazed to safely be so close! The whole funny scene played out in Vanessa’s shadow.

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Front Row Seat

Those babies were at it again a few minutes later.

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What a cute expression.

Look But Don’t Touch

As adorable as they are, we never tried to touch a baby. That can turn a mom from this picture of serenity.

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To this ferocious beast.

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Look at those Huge Fangs!

In all fairness, that particular monkey was just yawning and not trying to scare off anyone. But Yikes. Imagine what she could do if she got angry.

Chow Time

Don’t worry. Most of the time they only use their teeth for eating – which is also very sweet and entertaining.

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Check out those yellow lips.

We watched whole troops of monkeys chow down on some fresh corn together.

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Family Dinner, Monkey Style

Those big monkeys on the edge are a typical sight during a cliff walk around Uluwatu Temple. Some are very large and intimidating until you realize that they are blowing raspberries at each other. Monkeys were everywhere around Uluwatu Temple. They are constantly on the walking path and fence too. They seemed to enjoy getting a rise out of tourists. We just moved slowly, avoided eye contact, and stayed safe.

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Sidewalk Hog

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Passing Tourists Entertain Monkey

We loved Uluwatu Temple. The jaw-dropping scenery itself is worth the trip. But the monkeys made the experience so much more exotic, exciting, and fun.

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Beautiful View at Uluwatu Temple

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  • Tasheena@SimplyTasheena.com
    Posted at 07:33h, 30 November

    The monkeys are so adorable.The Uluwatu Temple looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:35h, 30 November

    Hi Tasheena. Yes, they were SO cute! The Uluwatu Temple is beautiful as well. It is definitely a place not to be missed when in Bali. πŸ™‚

  • Amber
    Posted at 08:58h, 30 November

    How fun! I’d love to see these monkeys. I’d be sure I didn’t make them angry though! Those teeth! Ack!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:09h, 30 November

    Hello Amber. It was so fun. Yeah, those teeth were such a surprise.

  • jadoreledecorOla
    Posted at 11:29h, 30 November

    Wow! Creation is awesome isn’t it? Those monkeys are so cute! Glad you had a great timei.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:35h, 30 November

    Hi. It truly is! The monkeys all seemed to have their own unique personality. It was incredible.

  • Valerie Ratliff
    Posted at 14:29h, 30 November

    I’m really loving the monkeys. How fun that they eat corn on the cob.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:44h, 30 November

    Hi Valerie. We absolutely fell in love with the monkeys! I wanted to bring one home with me.? They were SO adorable. Yeah, I never knew that they ate corn on the cob either! It was so funny.

  • Rose
    Posted at 19:24h, 30 November

    Lol, monkey shenanigans. Now visiting this shrine to your visit the day before. I’m thinking I would like to go here first so I already have in my head look but don’t touch. I would be ok with not feeding them. Just seeing them roam would be enough for me.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:32h, 30 November

    Hi Rose. They were so adorable! To be honest, you should NOT try to interact with these cuties at the Uluwatu Temple. Just watching them interact with each other is an experience. There are other places in Bali where there are professional guides that are able to distinguish which monkeys are safe for you to interact with/feed and which are the aggressive ones. It is highly recommended not to touch unless you are being supervised by a professional. ?

  • Briana Marie
    Posted at 19:38h, 30 November

    Omg. I sooo enjoyed this post! How adorable are these little guys??? ? I’m in love.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:54h, 30 November

    Hi Briana. Thanks for your kind words. I wanted to hug them so bad! They were absolutely precious! ?

  • Maple Syrup and Teacups
    Posted at 20:47h, 30 November

    Such great photos! I remember the monkeys I saw at a temple in Thailand once we’re not so cute they were rather proud of their *ahem* “crown jewels” shall we say, and showing them to all the tourists lol! They were interesting creatures to see outside of a zoo though!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:59h, 30 November

    Hi. LOL ? I can just imagine them showing off their “crown jewels” to everyone. That’s hilarious! It is SO different watching them outside of a zoo. You can tell they are just SO full of life! The things they come up with just cracks me up. ?

  • Lennae Stubbs
    Posted at 22:51h, 30 November

    I love your photos of the monkeys, how cute are the baby monkeys! The Uluwatu Temple sounds lovely, it would be nice to stroll around and take in that view.

    Lennae xxx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:03h, 30 November

    Hi Lennae. Thanks for your compliment. πŸ™‚ The baby monkeys were so adorable! Yes, the Uluwatu Temple is definitely a magical place to visit!

  • Ticker Eats The World
    Posted at 23:47h, 30 November

    I remember going to Uluwatu temple when I was in Bali for my honeymoon almost 11 years ago. Although I remember seeing monkeys they seem to have multiplied quite a lot over the last decade. The photos are brilliant and that of the two small monkey kids are so adorable. My favourite is your header photo and that of the fiercely yawning money with its sharp pointy teeth. Thanks

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:49h, 30 November

    Hi. Great choice for a honeymoon! Bali is incredible. There were definitely a lot of monkeys around. Those baby monkeys were so precious. Yes, the one with its sharp pointy teeth is scary! I still wonder how they can keep those hidden so well. I would hate to anger them ?

  • Skye
    Posted at 01:01h, 01 December

    Well you are much braver than I am. I’m not a fan of visiting the monkeys but you found quite a show when you went there. Those babies are so cute but yes I agree, definitely “gremlin-like”. I hope that wasn’t your corn they stole. Hope you liked Bali. We are very big fans of Uluwatu and Bali generally.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:13h, 01 December

    Hi Skye. Yes, Bali was an incredibly beautiful place! We loved it. The monkeys are natural born entertainers. Haha ? No, no, that was definitely NOT my corn. I made sure not to bring anything that might tempt the monkeys to jump on me! ?

  • saraessop
    Posted at 03:45h, 01 December

    The view is awesome. We have alot of monkeys in parts of South Africa as well. We’re always told not to feed them as they can become aggressive if they don’t get food.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:50h, 01 December

    Hi. Yes, the view was incredible! That is also the case at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali (and anywhere for that matter). You should NOT bring food. There are some really aggressive monkeys that you do not want jumping on you! Just watching them interact with each other is more than enough. πŸ™‚ We would love to visit South Africa and watch the monkeys there as well! ?

  • Jean
    Posted at 06:13h, 01 December

    Wow. So many cute monkeys. I don’t think I could have left. Though the cliffs and sea looks just wonderful to explore

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:15h, 01 December

    Hi Jean. It is definitely a great place to explore. The monkeys are a bonus! πŸ™‚ We definitely stayed longer than we planned. We could have stayed there all day. It was awesome!

  • Christina
    Posted at 06:22h, 01 December

    The monkeys in Bali are cute and very cheeky. I saw a man lose his camera once at that very spot. A brazen monkey walked right up to him and grabbed it out of his hands and ran!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:36h, 01 December

    Hi Christina. You are absolutely right! If the monkeys want something they are going to just take it. They’re funny! Luckily, we were warned not to bring anything with us that was loose or that we didn’t want to lose. The only thing we brought was the camera which was a risk but one we were willing to take. πŸ™‚

  • Blair Villanueva
    Posted at 07:14h, 01 December

    they are beautiful and intelligent creatures. Plus can’t resist their cuteness πŸ™‚

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:21h, 01 December

    Hi Blair. Yes, monkeys are very intelligent and beautiful creatures indeed. It’s so interesting how human-like they really are. Especially when you really take the time to watch them. You can really see their individual personalities. It’s incredible!

  • medhavidavda
    Posted at 08:59h, 01 December

    I too observed the crazy monkeys on my trip to Bali. You got some awesome collection of the perfectly clicked moments of them. Its fun to watch them around

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:00h, 01 December

    Hello Medhavidavda. Thanks we got lucky to get some good shots. The monkeys move around so fast.

  • Garf
    Posted at 10:32h, 01 December

    Great pictures. I did not know that monkey also like to eat corn. I thought they are into bananas..hehehe

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:40h, 01 December

    Hi Garf. That was the first time we had ever seen monkeys eat corn too! It was so cute. πŸ™‚

  • businesstravelerswife
    Posted at 11:36h, 01 December

    Oh wow! I wouldn’t want to see those fangs up close. Great timing for you to be able to capture it! My friend went to Bali once and her sandal was stolen by a monkey. Haha

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:40h, 01 December

    Hi. Yeah, those fangs are really scary! LOL ? Yup, the monkeys love taking anything that’s loose. They are so playful. πŸ™‚

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    Posted at 12:07h, 01 December

    Oh man!! Monkeys are my favorite animal ever. When we travel to India, they’re all over the place. I have so much fun watching all the shenanigans they get themselves into!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:15h, 01 December

    Hello Divya. Monkeys are probably our favourite animals too. Although whatever cute animal that happens to be around quickly becomes our favourite.

  • Kreete | AdventurousTrails
    Posted at 18:53h, 01 December

    Gorgeous photos! Yet another thing to add to my Bali list! I am so excited for my visit in March! I must go and check out these playing baby monkeys! They look so cute! I am glad that they aren’t allowed being touched and fed. This is how it should be. I bet you they like to steal peoples stuff though? Ha!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:56h, 01 December

    Hello Kreete. Yes, these monkeys like to steal loose items like bags, water bottles, sunglasses, flip flops, etc. Their key target is food. It’s important not to carry any food, even forgotten candy or mints. We hope you enjoy Bali as much as we did. There is incredible amount of things to do and see there.

  • Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer
    Posted at 19:20h, 01 December

    Based on your photos, I think they are well-behaved, no? I have seen videos of monkeys stealing things from tourists like eyeglasses, watches and so on. It has something to do with the environment most likely. These monkeys are in Uluwatu Temple so their surroundings are more ideal.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:28h, 01 December

    Hello Iza. The monkeys of Uluwatu are not as friendly as other monkeys around Bali, but they are not vicious either. The most important thing is to carry as little as possible and no food at all. If the monkeys have no reason to pay attention to you they won’t.

  • Lakisha
    Posted at 23:30h, 01 December

    Omg such an awesome trip!! Monkeys look so dope!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:39h, 01 December

    Hello Lakisha. Thanks. We had so much fun watching the monkeys and enjoying the views at Uluwatu.

  • Shane
    Posted at 07:04h, 02 December

    I would love to get up close and personal with these cuties! What a neat experience!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:11h, 02 December

    Hello Shane. Give it a try when you visit Bali. Uluwatu is gorgeous and the monkeys are fun.

  • Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu
    Posted at 12:39h, 02 December

    I am a little scared about monkeys .They look cute in the pictures though Glad you enjoyed yourself

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:45h, 02 December

    Hello Amrita. The monkeys were so cute in person.

  • neha
    Posted at 05:30h, 27 December

    Loved your post and particularly the pictures of the cute monkeys. There is something about the monkeys that always makes it interesting to watch their activities. This is one place my daughter is going to enjoy thoroughly

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:44h, 27 December

    Hi Neha. Monkeys are so fascinating for us too. Their psychology and social behaviour are so complex.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:23h, 23 February

    We love to observe monkeys and their behaviour. Their socializing and other behaviours bear such an uncanny resemblance to humans and it is so fascinating. Loved reading and looking at all the monkey antics. were reminded of a small baby monkey who was doing acrobatics and posing for the camera in one of our travels in Kerala.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:33h, 23 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. So cool. We would love to visit Kerala too.

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