Bali, Indonesia: Monkeys and Cliffs in Uluwatu Temple

In our 7 days in Bali, Indonesia, we spent a day visiting some of the tourist attractions of this island. After dropping by Dreamland beach, we proceeded to the Uluwatu Temple.

Monkeys and Cliffs in Uluwatu Temple
Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

After paying the entrance fee, we were given sarongs to cover our legs. This is, after all, a sacred place so we needed to observe proper guidelines.

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Bali‘s Uluwatu Temple

Along the way, we met other tourists who warned us to watch out for monkeys in the temple as they can get aggressive. The monkeys took their sunglasses while they were walking along the pathways. They advised us to remove any necklace or accessory to avoid the same mishap.

cliff bali uluwatu

The view of the cliff was breathtaking. How the waves below would crash to the rocks. I didn’t realize how high it was because it felt like I was just looking at a painting that it looked fake or photoshopped. But it was actually real. The weather was also sunny and beautiful.

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waves and rocks

Closed Temple

We were supposed to go inside the temple, but the gates were closed. I’m not sure if they intended that way so we only took photos from the grilled gates.

uluwatu temple gate

You would notice statues with designs showcasing Indonesia’s culture. I can imagine how one can meditate on this cliff back in the old days. We explored a few nooks and corners until we decided to go further.

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Bali, Indonesia

Tourists who were more daring climbed out of the wall and near the edge of cliff. Thanks, but maybe some other time.

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brave ones

Monkey and the Water Bottle Struggle

While passing through a small pathway of trees and bushes, I saw a couple of monkeys from afar. I thought that they wouldn’t cause any harm as they were probably used to people passing by everyday. I also felt safe knowing that we hid our sunglasses from sight. I was wrong.

Walking slowly without minding them as much, a monkey from my left side screeched while extending its arms as if I had something that it owned. It bounced back and and forth and drew closer until it tried to grab what I was carrying. I realized that he wanted the water bottle I was holding. I don’t know what came over me but I didn’t give the bottle to the monkey. I even covered it with a cloth just so he couldn’t see the bottle. I walked further so I could get past them.

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a monkey taking a water bottle from a tourist. I didn’t give mine up

I can only imagine what the monkey could’ve done if he had been more persistent in getting the water from me. I should’ve just given in and let him take the bottle. To think that there were other monkeys in the area to which the monkey could’ve asked for help and attack me right away. Yipes.

Open Area

We proceeded to an open area with a clearer view of cliff and took a couple more pictures. It was really sunny that day, but it felt really fresh. It must’ve been the sea.

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open area

It was time to head back to the van so we could go on with our next tour activity in Bali.

On the way back, we still saw a few monkeys around. They roam freely so just be careful not to disturb them. If you don’t harm them, then there’s nothing to worry about.

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monkeys and some more

You can witness a great view of the cliff at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia. Just be careful of those monkeys and your belongings.

Note: Women who are having their period. They can only go to the steps of the temple.

Entrance Fee : 20,000 Indonesian rupiahs (around 2 USD plus)


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