The ‘Island of Gods’ is a natural paradise: soaring volcanoes, dense jungles, beautiful rice fields, kaleidoscopic corals, and miles upon miles of black and white sand beaches.
Bali is also a cultural haven. The Balinese have thrived as a distinctly different culture to the rest of Indonesia: largely Hindu, known for their easy-going, intelligent manner. Key to all Balinese life is the concept of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a philosophy of harmony in three key tenets: harmony with nature, with other humans, and with god.
Bali’s lush, emerald rice terraces are not only scenically stunning but also an illustration of these harmonious principles. With an ingenious subak irrigation system honed over centuries, they are both highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing, working with nature to bring sustenance to the people and joy to gods.
All of Bali’s rice terraces are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage scheme, owing to their ubiquity and their deep cultural ties to the Balinese. We’ve put together a list of our favorite rice terrace areas on the island below.