Lone Monkey Watching Sunset at Uluwatu, Bali (#Photo of the Day) #Indonesia

Monkey watching sunset at Uluwatu, Bali

Today’s photo is of a monkey enjoying the sunset at Uluwatu cliff in Bali–a scene that that I must say surprised me. Most of the other monkeys were jumping and climbing on the tourists, but this was one sitting quietly.

‘Pura Luhur Uluwatu’, built in the 11th century, is a Hindu temple set on a cliff in southern part of Bali’s peninsula. Also known as the ‘monkey temple,’ the name Ulu means head and Watu means stone. “It is one of nine directional temples meant to protect Bali from evil spirits,” according to Wikipedia.

Photographic Details

Camera: Olympus XZ-1
F stop: 4.5
Shutter: 1/800 second
ISO: 100
Filter: None


Have you been to Uluwatu for the monkey chant? If so, what did you think?  If not, would you like to go?

I loved the monkey chant. In fact, it was one of  the highlights of my trip to Indonesia.

PS: I’ve got a great photo/video essay on the monkey chant–all from this very spot in Bali–coming soon. Stay tuned!

Here are all my posts on Indonesia…photos, stories and more.

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Photo is (c) L Egle/Chickybus 2012 and may not be used without permission.
19 Responses to Lone Monkey Watching Sunset at Uluwatu, Bali (#Photo of the Day) #Indonesia
  1. Jenna
    December 2, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Even though I got a little weirded out by the sheer number of monkeys running around so close to us and grabbing stuff, that place is so incredibly beautiful. It’s nice to think about the monkeys living there, especially when it’s quiet and the people are gone.
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    • CB Driver
      December 2, 2012 | 3:56 pm

      Trippy, wasn’t it, how those monkeys acted? We got warned several times before we went and sure enough, it did happen. But there were some Monkey Security guards there who got them under control–phew!

      It was nice to see the monkeys just sort of doing there thing there and being free vs being in a zoo.

  2. Maria
    December 2, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Love that little guy! So much like us, or should I say we’re so much like him.

    Haven’t been but would love to go. There were lots of gibbons in Cambodia and they were characters. Chase you, steal from you, and ham it up for the camera… especially if you had little bananas w/you.

    Thanks for the smile this brought me.
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    • CB Driver
      December 2, 2012 | 3:54 pm

      Monkeys really are characters, aren’t they? I’ve got some cool shots from the Monkey Forest in Ubud, which I should put together in an essay. Sounds like the gibbons were fun ones, huh?

      So glad that this pic put a smile on your face! Hope that you like the photo essay if/when I get to it!

      PS: Wild how much DNA we share with them, isn’t it?

      • Maria
        December 2, 2012 | 4:33 pm

        Your post script – explains so much of my personality. *laugh* *snort*
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        • CB Driver
          December 2, 2012 | 5:25 pm

          I wish I could make a monkey sound on here, but I can’t. Oh well–for now, I’ll just offer you a banana! :)

          • Maria
            December 2, 2012 | 5:56 pm

            Lemme help you out there –
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          • CB Driver
            December 2, 2012 | 10:39 pm

            That was cute! Now I’m itching to eat a banana. Wish I had some here!

  3. Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    December 3, 2012 | 12:57 am

    Beautiful view! I would love to experience the monkey chant in Uluwatu. I love monkeys :)
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    • CB Driver
      December 3, 2012 | 8:11 pm

      Hi, Izy. I hope you get to experience the monkey chant–it’s pretty darn cool! I will hopefully post my videos and photos of it really soon!

  4. Laurel
    December 3, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    He looks so contemplative. Monkeys have more in common with us than most of us realize. Great photo.
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    • CB Driver
      December 3, 2012 | 8:11 pm

      Hi, Laurel–yes, he does! I know what you mean re: monkeys and other primates. They’re pretty trippy when you spend some time with them and observe their behaviors closely.

      Glad you like the photo–thanks!

  5. Koren @ City Gal
    December 4, 2012 | 9:23 pm

    What is it about monkeys that makes them so damn adorable?! When I was in Phi Phi I went to Monkey Beach and I couldn’t get enough! Never made it to Bali, but hope to soon!
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    • CB Driver
      December 6, 2012 | 1:51 pm

      Hi, Koren. I agree with you–they are adorable! Now that I see how much people like them, I’ve got to post pics and videos of my day at the Monkey Forest!

      I’ve never heard of Monkey Beach–sounds cool!

  6. Prime
    December 10, 2012 | 2:16 am

    oh god, I was such a coward was afraid of those monkeys. Just the same I love bali. thanks for this.
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    • CB Driver
      December 11, 2012 | 10:16 am

      Those monkeys can be a little scary–especially when they jump on your head! :)

  7. fitriani
    December 11, 2012 | 10:26 pm

    Last month I went to uluwatu and was trying to make friends with those monkeys, at first there were one monkey who acted so calm so I decided to touch it gently but then in seconds it jumped onto my head! I was so surprised and scared too. Seems like the monkey was trying to find bugs or fleas or something else in my hair lololol

    • CB Driver
      December 12, 2012 | 2:03 pm

      That’s pretty funny and slightly scary! At times, I wanted to perhaps pet one of the monkeys and now, I’m glad I didn’t. They really did seem to like digging into a person’s hair. Interesting…

  8. Limo VIP Bus
    December 14, 2012 | 7:46 am

    ohh.. They look really adorable.
    Would love to go there and see them in personal.
    Thanks for sharing.

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