I have nothing but good things to say about Eka Trijaya and there is nothing about Bali that he doesn’t know. I’ve seen places you won’t find in the tourist guides because Eka knows all the gorgeous secret spots to visit. Breathtaking views of rice fields, beaches that stretch for miles, small villages set into the jungle…he knows it all. And obviously he knows all the stunning and popular tourist spots to visit as well, with his own stories and interesting facts to go along with each tour.
A few weeks ago Eka and I went to Jatiluwih, a must on your touring of Bali. Jatiluwih is in Tabanan and has been a UNESCO cultural landscape with its terraced rice fields set against a backdrop of Mount Batu Karu. What’s fascinating about Jatiluwih is that while initially it was an industry based destination, it’s now one of the top ten visited places in Bali. So you will share the incredible views usually with a few people but there are enough vantage points and walks through the rice fields to ensure you get some quiet time and amazing photos.
You pay to enter the area of Jatiluwih- these fees help keep the area clean and the roads in good condition. And I think if it helps keeps this place a popular tourist spot by providing the village with income, that’s a good thing. There has been talk of privatisation of the land which could leave villagers without the industry they have worked in for generations. I’m happy to pay the 25000IDR car fee to ensure this culturally rich area stays as is for generations to come.
It was one of those surreal moments looking out into the rice fields where I wasn’t sure if I was even still in Bali. And not because I haven’t seen rice fields in Bali before, actually my house in Sanur is surrounded by them. But to see tiered rice fields set against Mount Batu Karu (no longer an active volcano with trees and jungle right to its peak now) and the biggest sky I have ever seen…breathtaking can’t describe it. We stopped for a drink at a place called Jimmy’s and it was definitely the quietest Eka had ever seen me! If you can stay for just the day, try to get there early and make sure you do one of the walks then stop at one of the warungs that wind around the rice fields. There are also places nearby you can also stay overnight and if you are an early morning person, the sunrise over Batu Karu and the rice fields is well worth the early wake up.
Eka has regular tours that he does but he also loves creating custom tours to suit exactly what your family and friends want to see. So whether your travelling party want to start with a shopping trip in Tegalalang, with lunch overlooking the rice fields, and a bintang or foot massage ( or both) on the way home, or if you would like to see the chocolate factory near Candidasa then go to White Sands beach for a swim and a massage on the beach, Eka has tours to suit everyone.