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Living in Paradise: Bali

Updated on June 11, 2012
Black sand beach
Black sand beach
Snorkel delight
Snorkel delight
The end of a long 17 hr. flight
The end of a long 17 hr. flight

Just a few hundred miles off the northern Australian coast lies Indonesia. Within that chain of islands, is Bali, next of Java and its main city, Jakarta. Bali is just one of 17,000 islands that comprise of Indonesia, together, all four million residents live there.

Bali, like Bora Bora and Tahiti in the South Pacific, are tropical paradise islands where the temperature is 75-85F all year long. Of course, you could the same of Hawaii. But, the cost of living in Bali is cheaper. For instance, in Bali, you lease a half acre of land for 20 years costing $50,000. Your land might be jungle, waterfalls and lush vistas. You can either buy existing homes there or have them built for $100,000. The homes are 1500-2000sf. So, the cost is similar to homes in Nebraska, Kansas and many other places. While that may not sound like a "steal of a deal", consider that for all your needs per month will cost only $1000.

Shopping is provided by two US-like supermarkets and English is spoken frequently enough. Bali has its own English library. Of course, there is Starbucks, wi-fi, Internet. and satellite TV, so you don't forget your roots. Driving in Bali is risky. Despite the rules and such, locals pay little attention to them or the rules of the road. As for medical services, huh, just stay healthy. Medical services are bad and substandard to the US, so many will purchase "evacuation" insurance that allows them to treated in Australia.

Since you are a foreigner, you need a visa. There are two: a retiree and social visa. The retiree is costly but allows you to stay forever. The social visa allows you to say six months before you must renew.

If visiting, avoid the rainy season from November to April. Flying from the US is a LONG 17 hr. flight to Bali's main city of Denpasar. The best beaches on Bali are on its eastern shore for swimming and snorkling and the town of Ubud provides Bali's artistic and religious community.

Bali is breathtaking


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    • mecheshier profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Hub and beautiful pics. Thank you. Voted up for beautiful.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Well, the medical is comparative, it does exist and is "different". Just stay healthy ;0

    • Jenna Pope profile image

      Jenna Pope 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      I was ready to move until I read the part about "evacuation" insurance! Maybe not. . . Voted up.


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