Monkey Trouble in Bali: Visiting Uluwatu Temple

Monkey Trouble in Bali: Visiting Uluwatu Temple

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My husband always considered me fearless until the monkeys…

In Bali, we grabbed drinks overlooking the beach at Single Fin and headed to Uluwatu to see the Kecak and Fire Dance. The male performers artistically chant “cak” for over an hour during sunset while traditional characters reenact famous scenes from the Ramayana. The circle formed in the temple surrounding the fire paired with the backdrop of the glistening sun is just stunning. Personally, I loved that Hanuman started talking selfies with audience members—gotta keep it relevant. But onto the hissing monkeys.

Let me start by saying that the Ubud Monkey Forest was a one-time experience (2009) that I will never re-visit. Never, never, never. On this trip to Indonesia, I told everyone: NO MONKEYS.  When we pulled up to the temple for the fire dance, our friend coughed out: bythewaytherearemonkeys.  SERIOUSLY?!

While touring Uluwatu, announcements warned that if a monkey bites you, seek medical staff help. Dear lord; my worst nightmare. Monkeys bite, rip your glasses off, steal your stuff, and grab at you. I’m a seasoned veteran to their dirty antics, and they are mean little buggers. Thankfully, we make it through the temple with no incident (not a monkey in sight), and we even watched the show for hours, monkey-free except for dear Hanuman. I let my guard down. Then it happened.

Leaving the show, we heard what sounded like gunshots but more like something slamming into metal. People started screaming. It was the MONKEYS!!! They rapidly descended from the roof of a nearby building—knowing all the visitors were leaving—and attacked like the little rabid beasts that they are. All you could hear was their hissing as people started to run. Someone screamed, “Watch your glasses!!!” They swarmed us via treetop and started swinging along side of us, torturing people. As we waited for a ride in the parking lot, they continued to sneak up on people. My worst nightmare lived, and it was awful. Fear Factor Bali.  You think Bali is all rice paddies and forest swings, but beware of the greedy monkeys.

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