Come see these gorgeous fields on a tour that'll teach you the ins and outs of local agriculture.
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 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 in to 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, chillies, 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.
- 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
Tour Start Time: 08:30hrs OR 15:30hrs
Duration: 3 Hrs
What You Get
- 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 shopping
- Tips or gratuities for your guide.
- What to wear: Note that you will be trekking for about 2 to 3 kilometres through a rice field and therefore could get wet. Please wear clothing and footwear that you are comfortable walking in, and that you won't mind if they get muddy or dirty. Also bring your camera and a sense of adventure!
- Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
- Meeting Point: Bali Urban Adventures office, Jl Raya Kedampang, Kerobokan. Located behind Seminyak. Office it's in a shipping container! With a giant VW Kombi facing the street.
- How to get to Meeting Point: Directions: 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 kilometres.
How To Use
- Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
- This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified
Terms and Conditions
- Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
- The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
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- Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
- Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
- No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
- There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
- In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given
- All amendments are subject to availability
- Additional charges may apply for amendments
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