The Jatiluwih rice terraces in north Bali are the greenest shade of green you’ll ever see.
These are some of my favorite rice fields in Bali, and they’re pretty easy to visit on a day trip from most any corner of the island.
Palm trees and endless waves of green stretch out in all directions, and this is still one place in Bali where farmers outnumber tourists.
It’s a unique and mesmerizing landscape that any traveler or photographer should have on their bucket list!
What To Expect
Jatiluwih has a nice new paved walking path that winds its way through the rice fields.
You can explore on foot or by bicycle. Photographers and drone pilots will be in heaven here — you’ll get some great views of the Bali volcanoes in the distance, and the fields seem like they stretch out into infinity.
The concrete path is wide and flat for the most part, but do be careful if you decide to walk off the path into the rice terraces, because snakes like to hide in them.
Along the way, you’ll most likely meet tourists from all around the world, but it’s never very crowded. These rice terraces are further from town so they haven’t been spoiled by tourism like the ones at Tegalalang!
How Long To Stay
You can easily spend several hours here, but the best highlights can be seen in an hour or less.
The full length of the walking paths is several kilometers, but you can turn back or take a shortcut out at any time.
The entry fee is 40k IDR (~$3 USD) as of 2020.
On my latest visit, I discovered there’s now a 150k ($10) fee for flying a drone at Jatiluwih. This is a bit absurd and extortionate by Indonesian standards, because that’s more than a full day’s salary here.
Still, the drone fee is easy to avoid because of how big the rice fields are. Just find a quiet spot somewhere in the fields and fly to your heart’s content!
How To Get There
The Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in the Tabanan regency, in north Bali.
The best way to get there is by scooter or in a car with a private driver (see below).
The drive takes about 1.5 hours from Ubud, Canggu, or Sanur.
Private Bali Driver
We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’ve always been great! This is a competitive price for covering all of these Bali sights in one day.
Best Time To Visit
The rice fields at Jatiluwih go through a cycle of 3 stages — planting, pre-harvest, and post-harvest — and each looks different.
The greenest months are when it’s ready for harvest (e.g. October and March). After harvest, the fields will be brown and empty (like the pic above), but they’re still worth seeing.
The fields are also looking good when the rice is newly planted and growing. This can be seen in September or February, for example.
Long story short: Jatiluwih is nice at any time of year, but if you want to see it at its very best, then go right before harvest when the fields are full and green!