Bali: Laidback, Low-Cost Living on an Island Paradise


Bali is an intoxicating place—just over three-and-a-half hours from Perth, six-and-a-half from Sydney, it’s a world away from Australia. The food, smells and landscapes are tailor-made to tantalise your senses.

Over a million Aussies took a trip to Bali in 2016. It’s easy to understand why…close to home…English is widely spoken…friendly locals…world-class surf…vibrant night life…

And for those looking to stay a little longer…or for good…life in Bali is easy. Expats here enjoy the laidback pace and feel a sense of freedom they didn’t have at home.

You can have a comfortable life in Bali for as little as $2,500 per month including rent. Depending on where you choose to live, furnished homes can be found for as little as $125 per month. A Bintang beer costs $2.50…a maid twice a week, $12…and the expat community is strong and active.

Most expats settle in southern Bali, close to the island’s best surfing beaches. Bali is rated as one of the top surfing destinations in the world and the best in Asia. Along this coast you are close to the capital Denpasar and the international airport.

Though the whole island is less than half the size of Sydney’s metropolitan area, Bali is diverse…with volcanic mountains, a more temperate interior and, in the north, where some expats have found a mellow lifestyle and even lower costs, you’ll find black-sand beaches.

Thousands of Australians are already part- or full-time retired in Bali…there’s a thriving and welcoming expat community here and something to suit all tastes.

If you want all the western amenities for a comfortable retirement, a beautiful calm ocean to float in, restaurants galore and the traditional Balinese feel, Sanur, on the south-east coast of the island, and only 30 minutes from the airport, is the place for you.

Another expat favourite is Seminyak. This is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to indulge in luxury at a low cost. With spas on every street, you can find massages starting at $10. Row after row of funky restaurants, bars and boutiques line the streets. It’s a bustling place.

The soft, sandy beach continues as far as the eye can see with plenty of room for rows of lounge chairs. The pale green seas are calm with small waves making it an ideal place to learn to surf, but if you need to float away last night’s arak (Balinese moonshine) cocktails the water is calm enough for that too.

The more budget conscious expat should take a look at Lovina, on the northern coast of the island. Lovina is where you come to slow down, to enjoy the sunsets, to fish or simply to chill. It’s about three hours from the airport so it doesn’t get the same amount of tourism or expats as the southern towns and as a result you can benefit from a lower cost of living here than in the southern hotspots.

This is just a taste of what this island paradise has to offer…for a little more, check out this video…


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