Hidden Rice Terraces Trek
*This experience runs daily from March till November
*This experience departs at 08:30 am
3 hours wandering around gorgeous fields
Visiting 1 country: Indonesia
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.
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. But before we do, we’ll kick off our adventure with a visit to a large bric-a-brac antiques warehouse, followed by a walk through the local market, where your guide will explain how local businesses operate.
Then, it’s to the fields! Here 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 honor 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 in to the expansive rice fields of Kerobokan, where we’ll begin our trek of about two to three kilometers (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 be met by our driver, who will take us back to the starting point. From there, you’re free to explore more of the area on your own, or your local guide can give you some tips on where to go for lunch in the area before heading back to your hotel.
Directions to meeting point: From Jl Kerobokan heading north, turn right at the lights known as LIO corner (J l. Petitenget is on your left). You will now be travelling toward Denpasar on Jl. Tekumar. Turn left at the next lights into Jl. Mertasari and follow this road — it runs straight to our office in about 3-4 kilometers.
Less than 1 Day
INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
- 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 on Bali
- See a subak agricultural temple not typically visited by tourists
- Cross over bamboo bridges and walk along walls as you trek through farmers’ fields in Kerobokan
- Visit a local antique shop and see what goods you can find
- Local English-speaking guide
- Transportation from the meeting point to the rice fields
- Mineral water
- Cold towel
- Rice field donation
- Food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal items
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point: Bali Urban Adventures office (Kampoeng Peti Kemas, Jl Raya Kedampang, Kerobokan)
Behind Seminyak, our office is located in the only shipping container on the whole road which is a main road between Jl Tekumar and into Denpasar
- Starting time: 8.30 AM, 3.30 PM
- Ending point: Bali Urban Adventures office