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Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

1. Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

At the start of your tour, get picked up from your accommodation and drive through the Bali countryside. Make your first stop at the famous Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to over 500 long tail macaques. See the monkeys roaming around in their natural habitat. From the monkey sanctuary, head north of Ubud to visit Kumulilir. Challenge yourself to ride the 20-meter Jungle Swing to the jungle valley or rice terraces. Enjoy the views and take instagrammable pictures during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After that, acuqaint yourself with Indonesia’s world-famous Luwak Coffee at its coffee plantation. Learn about the unusual method of producing the coffee, which involves the coffee beans being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, then collecting the partially-digested beans from the forest floor. After sampling the other coffees and teas made at the plantation, opt to taste a Luwak coffee, too. On the way back to Ubud, pass by the Ceking Rice Terrace at Tegalalang to marvel at the UNESCO-listed rice paddies, one of Bali’s most iconic sights. Learn about the pioneering subak system (the Balinese cooperative irrigation system) for which the terraces are known.  Finish your tour with being conveniently dropped off back at your accommodation in Ubud.

Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

2. Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

Venture into the picturesque landscapes of central Bali on a full-day tour of the rice terraces, temples, and active volcano of the island’s scenic center. Enjoy an Indonesian lunch, and more. Following a pickup from your hotel by a driver who will provide outstanding satisfaction, transfer by an air-conditioned car to Batubulan village to see the center of handmade Batik weaving. Continue to the village of Celuk to see gold and silversmiths at work. Next, go to the home of Bali’s wood carving crafts at Mas, and learn how to recognize and work with good wood. Next, transfer to the artists' village of Batuan Ubud, before admiring the wood carvings at Batuan Trinity Temple. Proceed to the holy temple of Sebatu and the holy spring water temple of Gunung Kawi. Enjoy lunch in Kintamani, with panoramic views of Mt. Batur and its lake. Then, visit Tegalalang village to taste some Balinese Luwak coffee and ginger tea. Marvel at the spice gardens and rice terraces before afternoon tea. Finally, go to the Sacred Monkey Forest which serves to protect the Balinese long-tail monkey (aka crab-eating macaques). Wander around the market at Ubud, and see the King’s (Royal) Palace.

Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour

3. Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Explore Bali according to your own interests on a full-day customized tour. Rent a driver and new model vehicle (up to 4 passengers) for 10 to 11 hours, and discover Bali's beautiful sites in a day. From the Monkey Forest to beautiful temples, the surf beaches of Kuta and the crafts of Ubud, Bali has it all. An airport pick-up is provided if needed, or you can benefit from pick-up in Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa or Denpasar. The supplier will create a package to save you time and money. Their friendly team will customize your trip and ensure your safety and satisfaction at all times. Make your vacation a memorable one at a reasonable price.

Bali: Full-Day Customized Bali Tour with Hotel Transfers

4. Bali: Full-Day Customized Bali Tour with Hotel Transfers

Hire a car and guide for a day and make seeing the top sights in Bali a breeze. Travel in an airconditioned car that has plenty of space for up to 5 people. Relax and let your driver take you to the sights that interest you most. Skip the hassle of public transportation. Begin your customized tour of Bali at approximately 09:00 (or alternative time on arrangement) and benefit from an itinerary that can be altered and adjusted according to your interests. With a wealth of attractions on offer at all the major sightseeing spots, your guided tour will give you a personalized experience in paradise.  Explore with a licensed guide, whether you want to see some of the island's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the rice terraces and their water temples, or take part in water sports activities in the south of the island. You can head inland to discover the artistic heritage of Ubud, or go to Mt. Batur to see the volcano overlooking the village of Kintamani. Get up close to nature at Ubud Monkey Forest and see the Hindu temple complex of the village of Padangtegal. 

Ubud & Volcano Hot Springs Tours

5. Ubud & Volcano Hot Springs Tours

Your magical Balinese adventure will begin in the morning when your friendly local guide will pick you up from your hotel in Bali and take you to the Ubud Palace and Ubud market. Next, it will be onto the natural spring waters of the Tirta Empul Temple, thought to have purifying properties and neighbored by the country’s presidential palace. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch overlooking the crater of the Kintamani volcanic area, formed by a massive eruption thousands of years ago. After lunch, relax your muscles in the warm natural hot springs of Toya Bungkah, home to many wading pools. Coffee lovers will get a kick out of a visit to the Bali Temen Coffee Plantation, where you will learn how some of the world’s most expensive coffee is grown, produced and sold. Don’t miss the stunning natural scenery surrounding the plantation. Continue on through the countryside, stopping at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace for amazing views of local rice paddies. These terraces took decades to build and are an ancient way of growing and producing rice, an important staple. Visi the Ubud Palace and market. The Ubud Palace is the residence of the royal family of Ubud and is still used for several important events in the local area. Your guide will drop you back off at your hotel at the end of the day.

Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

6. Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

After a morning pickup at your hotel, head to your first stop, a Batuan traditional Balinese house, located in the Gianyar regency. Follow your guide to a typical house inhabited by local people. Admire Balinese architecture — a compound with several buildings — and learn the importance of each part. Then journey to the Tegallalang rice fields of Ubud, famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies and the traditional subak irrigation system. Get a stunning view of the rice terraces on the slopes of the hills across the valley, and enjoy the cool and breezy climate. Next, visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee. Learn how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and clean, roast, and grind them. Study the entire process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other coffees, tea, and cocoa drinks. Continue to Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud) and gaze in awe at one of the area's most prominent monuments. Constructed in traditional Balinese style, the palace has been well-preserved by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel's heirs. Marvel at the gardens and the banyan tree that provides shelter from the heat. Afterward, make your way to Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.  End your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and sunset views. Look at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon. Then, travel you back to your hotel or accommodation.

Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

7. Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

This 5-6 hours semi-customized private tour takes you to experience the scenic part of Ubud and the surrounding area. Tailor make your half day tour to visit Ubud landmarks with other interesting its things to and its must have pictures. Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring, located in the uplands of Bali and is a completely different atmosphere to brash and busy areas like Kuta or Seminyak. With scenic a landscape, lively art scene, rich cultural atmosphere, and countless lifestyle attractions, there are no limits to the things you can do in this charming town. From the famous Ubud Monkey Forest to shopping, discover the top things to see in Ubud. List of Ubud top things to do and must have pictures 1. Explore Ubud Monkey Forest 2. Walk trough the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace 3. Go shopping at Ubud Market 4. Admire the Botanic Garden Ubud 5. Visit Holy Spring Temple Tirta Empul 6. Visit Goa Gajah Temple 7. Sample the delights at Gianyar Night Market 8. Visit and sample the famous and unique Luwak Coffee making process 9. Visit the Ancient Gunung Kawi Royal Monument 10. Chase one of the unique Kamto Lampo Waterfall or Tegenungan Waterfall. 11. Visit Ubud Palace 12. Admire Sarawasti Temple 13. Visit one of Ubud Artisan Villages (Celuk for Silver Smith Village or Visit Mas Village for wood carving village) On the day of the activity you can simply choose up to 4 of the places mentioned above that you would like to visit. Your lovely guide will be very more than happy to adjust your itinerary to include or exclude anything you'd like in Ubud. The usual policy is to dive deeper into your itinerary when we pick you up from your hotel so everyone is happy with the plan for the day. Drawing on a wealth of experience heading to all the major sightseeing spots of Ubud will ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible.

Ubud: Campuhan Ridge to Ubud Monkey Forest Walking Tour

8. Ubud: Campuhan Ridge to Ubud Monkey Forest Walking Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel, you will walk through Campuhan Ridge which is the best known trek in Ubud, known for its free and easy nature trek. The hike will let you enjoy cool fresh air and the most gorgeous hillside views in the region. Along the walk, your own friendly private guide will also tell you stories about Balinese culture and daily life. Along your walk to the Sacred Monkey Forest, you will pass by and visit some interesting places. The next stop will be the beautiful water temple of Saraswati. This shows the classic architecture of a Balinese temple with a beautiful foyer featuring ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses. The temple is dedicated to honor the Hindu goddess of knowledge and arts, Saraswati. You will also pass the Ubud Royal Palace where your guide will explain the history of the palace and the royal family of Ubud.  You will then stroll along Ubud Traditional Art Market where you can find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. You will have some local snacks with coffee or tea at the market before walking a few steps more to the Sacred Monkey Forest. Here, you can watch playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas. The site also offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest and beautiful ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss.

Bali: Best Sunrise Spots & Ubud Monkey Forest Private Tour

9. Bali: Best Sunrise Spots & Ubud Monkey Forest Private Tour

Benefit from hotel pick-up and drive to the village of Pinggan to watch the sunrise with the summit of Mount Batur covered in mist. Then head to the temple complex of Tirta Empul from the days of the ancient Warmadewa Dynasty and see the holy mountain spring in the village of Manukaya. Continue to the amazing Tegallalang Rice Terraces on the outskirts of Ubud before seeing the resident long-tailed macaques at the sacred Ubud Monkey Forest in Padangtegal. Watch the playful monkeys in their natural environment on a walk along the paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest. Marvel at the beautiful temples guarded by statues covered in moss.

Bali: Three Day Island Tour

10. Bali: Three Day Island Tour

The tour begins at Tanah Lot temple, one of the most important and iconic sea temples on the island. Tanah Lot translates to “land in the sea" and sits on top of a rock in the sea and it is only approachable during low tide. From here, you will visit the rice paddy sceneries Jatiluwih, a place of stunning beauty and very iconic to the island. The paddy fields of Jatiluwih spread out across 300 hectares, and they are located at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level at the foot of the southern slope of Mount Batukaru. In 2012, Jatiluwih was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, you drive to Lake Beratan to see the enchanting water temple Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. This temple is one of the most important temples for the Balinese people and all the ceremonies and rituals that take place here are dedicated to the goddess of water and fertility, Dewi Danu. The next stop will be at the local fruit market and a strawberry plantation where you can munch on all kinds of fruit, fresh from the plantation farms in these highlands of Bali. From there, you drive directly to the gorgeous waterfall of Munduk, surrounded by lush tropical jungle and coffee plantations. The final destination of this wonderful day is the observation deck, offering a magnificent view of the two mountain lakes Buyan and Tamblingan. Then, your tour guide will take you to the hotel where you will be spending the night. The second day of this 3-days trip starts in the morning with a trip to the Buddhist temple of Brahmavihara-Arama, the largest active Buddhist temple in Bali. The temple is found on a hill surrounded by unspoiled nature and picturesque vineyards. From here, you will go to the observation deck of Batur where the wind is cool and the views of Mount Batur and its crater lake are stunningly beautiful. You can enjoy a meal to these views at one of the restaurants or visit the thermal hot springs located at the foot of Batur in the Caldera of an ancient volcano. Next, you will go to the mother of all temples on this mystical island of Gods and Demons, the Besakih temple. The Besakih temple complex has survived two eruptions of Mount Agung, located at the foot this giant volcano and Besakih is considered to be the most important temple on the island of Bali. Next, you will visit the water palace Tirta Gangga, built in 1946 by king Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut. This beautiful water palace features sprawling gardens with ponds and fountains where you can take gorgeous photos. Of course, you cannot visit the Karangasem regency of Bali without seeing the famous white sand beach where you can swim, sunbathe and munch on some freshly grilled fish at one of the beach cafes. The perfect end of another wonderful day on a paradise island. Take a good rest at your hotel on the beach for tomorrow you are in for another lovely day. First thing in the morning on day 3, you will visit the Tegenungan waterfall, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Bali. You can freshen up in the cool water and charge yourself up for the whole day ahead of you. From the waterfall, you will drive towards the cultural town of Ubud where you can stroll around in the famous Sacred Monkey Forest, and feed the monkeys. Continue the trip, walking along the incredibly picturesque artists' trail. Next, you will visit the elephant cave Goa Gajah and a coffee and cocoa plantation where you get to taste an array of local teas and coffees. You will also learn and see how the most expensive coffee in the world, coffee Luwak, is produced and will get the chance to try it, too. From here, you will visit the temple of Batuan and today’s journey with a visit to the famous artisan villages surrounding Ubud: Celuk, Mas and Tohpati, home to batik artists, wood carvers, silversmiths and painters, passing on their trades, skills and traditions generation after generation from father to son.

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What people are saying about Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,742 reviews

This is a great way to spend a day seeing so much that Bali has to offer. Leo our driver was amazing and spent a lot of time explaining the Balinese culture and traditions, which we found really interesting. We would thoroughly recommend and the stop at the Balinese house and tasting/explanation of Luwak coffee was of particular interest. 5 stars

It was a really good trip with our guide Pakis, he was very kind and helpful, we could adjust our trip depending on our interests. He brought us to the nicest place, we fully recommend this trip !

An unforgettable day with our guide Ben! He is super helpful, patient and kind! Very respectful! Ben takes the time to explain the places and their stories to you. I recommend Ben! To the pleasure!

The tour guide was knowledgeable with the places where we went, very polite and respectful and also have a good sense of humour. He also give tips when buying some souvenirs, well recommended.

Most amazing trip! Loved the monkey forest and rice terraces! Would highly recommend. Antik was great and took so many photos of my friend and I and he was a great tour guide!