Complete travel guide to visiting the Lombok Monkey Forest, or Baun Pusuk, near Sengiggi on the incredible island of Lombok. How to get here independently and what to expect!
The Lombok Monkey Forest is a newly created tourist attraction located on a winding mountain road near Senggigi. Here, you’ll find plenty of wild macaque monkeys roaming the road and hanging out in the trees at the nearby viewpoint.
If you’re looking for more adventures or travel inspiration for Lombok, don’t miss my mega-guide to the Best Things to do on Lombok.
How to Get to the Lombok Monkey Forest
The Lombok Monkey Forest, known as Baun Pusuk, is located on a mountain pass between the West and North Lombok regencies.
To get here, it will take approximately 30-40 minutes from Senggigi by motorbike. You have the option of taking the southern route, through rice terraces and small villages or the Northern coastal route past Malimbu Hill and the epic Senggigi Beaches.
Whichever route you take, you’ll be led inland and up into the mountainous Lombok foothills. For exact directions type in “Pusuk Forest Viewpoint” in Google Maps
The road is steep with several bends, and therefore should only be driven by those who are confident. If you’re set on seeing the Lombok Monkey Forest but don’t want to drive, you can still book a Lombok Tour to Malimbu Hill, Temple, and the Lombok Monkey Forest for under $38.
Lombok Monkey Forest Map
To help you better find the Lombok Monkey Forest and viewpoint, I’ve pinned the exact location you need to get to on the map below. However, it’s fairly easy to find since it’s located on the main mountain pass road.
Baun Pusuk is the name designated to this forest area of Lombok. Pusuk translates roughly to “peak” given the name presumably due to the viewpoint on the tip of the mountain pass.
The altitude is much higher at the Lombok Monkey Forest than the surrounding coastal towns, which causes thicker, rainforest-like flora to flourish. This makes it a perfect habitat for the resident monkeys.
By now, the monkeys in this area are already very used to human interaction. This is a double-edged sword, as they can get a little too confident at times. Remember that if you’re driving or riding yourself, go slowly, as the monkeys will often be sitting in the middle of the road.
Since I spent a fair bit of time exploring Lombok Island, I’d already seen plenty of monkeys. In fact, they’ll be found pretty much anywhere inland, and occasionally even on the coast.
However, the highlight of the Lombok Monkey Forest for me was the viewpoint. You’ll find it pinned on the map above, where you can park your motorbike and look down into the valley towards the sea.
Where to Stay in Senggigi
MY SENGGIGI ACCOMMODATION: OYO 645 Green Asri
In Senggigi, I stayed at this small hotel with a pool, huge bathroom, and TV for only $9 a night. I’m not sure if it was a low-season special offer, but it’s definitely the best value in Senggigi for that price. It’s a little off the main beat, but it’s definitely worth it. If you book here, don’t miss Henry the street vendor around the corner. He makes some of the best spiced coffee I’ve ever tried and offers Hotel-class meals for 12 000 IDR.
SUNSET BEACH VIEWS ON THE CLIFF FOR UNDER $40: Pasific Beach Cottages
If I had a higher budget in Senggigi, this would be the place I would have booked. It’s located on the coast near Senggigi Beach, where you can catch views from your balcony or the pool. In terms of value, this is as good as you’ll find in perhaps all of Lombok.