- duration 3 hours
- tour type Small group
- age requirement 6+ yrs
- max group size 10
- guiding method Fully guided
- Visit a local food market
- Learn about the biodiversity of the rice fields and their importance to Balinese culture
- Learn about the ancient irrigation system of subak that’s still used today in Bali
- See a subak agricultural temple not typically visited by tourists
Think of Bali, and you probably think of rice terraces cascading down the hillsides. Come see these gorgeous fields on a tour that’ll teach you the ins and outs of local agriculture. Discover an ancient irrigation system, wander through fields growing everything from rice to tomatoes, and find out how these fields are their own unique ecosystem and cultural tradition.
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Visitors to Bali have long been drawn to the stunning emerald terraces that were first planted by Hindu priests when they arrived on the island in the 9th century. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the beauty of these fields as they change seasons, from planting to harvest, and they offer up a serene, peaceful sight far removed from the bustling beaches of Bali’s tourist zones.
Our Bali tour will whisk you away from the tourist track and introduce you to real local life: on the rice terraces of Kerobokan that define the country’s agricultural industry.
Your guide will explain how the subak irrigation system works — it’s an ancient irrigation system, having first been introduced by Hindu priests when they arrived on Bali over 1,200 years ago, but is still very much in use today. The subak system is about so much more than just watering plants, though. It creates ecosystems for new life, and is bound by the community’s temples, where water priests honour the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the gods.
You’ll learn more about this relationship with a visit to a local subak temple, a gathering place for farmers. We’ll walk from here into the expansive rice fields of Kerobokan, where we’ll begin our trek of about two to three kilometres (wear comfy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!).
We’ll make our way through the terraces, using the tops of walls as a pathway. We’ll cross over rivers, carefully treading over the farmers’ bamboo bridges from one rice field to the next.
The local farmers here don’t just grow rice, but also tomatoes, beans, bananas, eggplant, chilies, corn, sugar cane, and water snails. The rice fields themselves are home to a number of aquatic species, including frogs, fish, crabs, and snails — it’s the perfect little ecosystem, and you’ll have a better understanding of how it all works together.
After our trek, we’ll end our trip at a small café and drink some fresh coconut water.
Need a taxi to get to the meeting point? Our local guides in Bali recommend the Blue Bird taxi app as the easiest way to get around.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Mineral water
- Coconut water or coffee
- Light snacks
- A gift of udeng for men or a sash for women
- Rice field donation
- Additional food and drinks
- souvenirs and personal items
- tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Cancellation for this Lonely Planet Experiences: Hidden Rice Terraces Trek tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date -full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
For any tour departures within 17 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 January 2022, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Lonely Planet Experiences: Hidden Rice Terraces Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Lonely Planet Experiences: Hidden Rice Terraces Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point :
Starbucks Kerobokan (Jl. Gn. Tangkuban Perahu No.13, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung).Meeting end point :
Stuja Coffee or Xich Lo Kerobokan café. Your guide will arrange a taxi for you back to your hotel or to your next destination.Lonely Planet extras
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This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
- Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated.