Bali Tips: Life After Two Years!

By Joanne Miller, 23 September, 2016

Whether you've recently moved to Bali or you're planning on moving to Bali in the near future, continue reading to discover a few handy tips on living in Bali.

1. You might not need to purchase a car

Taxis are a safe, reliable form of transportation. Bluebird branded taxis boast air-conditioning and your typical fare will only set you back a couple of dollars. Better yet the cab drivers in Bali are friendly and fair and should arrive at your location within 5-10 minutes. If you're interested in hiring a personal driver, you can rent a car and hire a driver for as little as $500 a month.

If you think that you can brave Bali's traffic, you may be interested in purchasing a motorbike. Motorbikes can be purchased for around $1,500 or can be leased for $50 a month.

2. English is spoken widely but it's well worth learning a bit of Bahasa Indonesia

You shouldn't find any problem ordering a meal or hailing a cab in English as English is widely spoken in Bali. However, if you plan on living in Bali for the foreseeable future it's well worth picking up a little Bahasa Indonesia as the locals will appreciate your efforts.

If you're interested, you're in luck as Bahasa Indonesia is relatively easy to pick up as it is based on a roman alphabet and there are no tricky verb tenses. The best way to master Bahasa Indonesia is to sign up for lessons at a local language school.

3. Sign up for a frequent shopper card at your local grocery store

Most grocery stores in Bali offer frequent shopper programs. They are well worth signing up to as you can quickly earn free items such as beauty products and home ware. Some examples of items you may be able to earn include shampoo, frying pans and glasses.

4. If you need to access the internet, visit a local café or restaurant

Contrary to popular belief, it's not difficult to access a fast, reliable internet connection, whilst living in Bali. If you're out and about and need to access the internet, head to your nearest café as most cafes in Bali offer free internet. In fact, it's not uncommon to see internet entrepreneurs working at cafes and restaurants.

5. If you're looking for a fun way to cool off, visit the Waterbom Water Park

The Waterbom Water Park is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike and offers a great way to cool down in the weekend. Waterbom Water Park spans across 3.8 hectares of lush gardens and offers a myriad of world class water slides, that are sure to get your adrenalin pumping. The park has recently been voted the top water park in Asia and the second best water park in the world.

6. Bali makes an excellent base to travel throughout Asia

Whilst living in Bali, you'll be able to travel to locations such as Singapore, for less than $100. So it's well worth exploring the rest of Asia, during your weekends.

7. It's possible to move to Bali, with your family in tow

Not only does Bali offer a myriad of international schools where your children are sure to enjoy a world class education but childcare such as babysitting services are much cheaper than in the US, the UK or Australia. As the cost of living in Bali is low, it's a breeze raising a family in Bali. Lastly, Bali offers plenty of beaches, playgrounds and parks, to keep your children entertained. If your children love parks, remember that it's cheaper to purchase a two-day pass, than a single, entry ticket.

8. Consider joining a sports club in an effort to meet new people

One way to make friends in Bali is to join one of its many sports clubs. Examples of which include running clubs, mountain biking clubs, rugby clubs and surf clubs. If you choose to join a hiking club, you'll get to explore some of Bali's secret trails. If you happen to live near the Canggu Club, it's well worth checking out their range of indoor and outdoor sports as the club was recently given a multi-million dollar renovation.

So if you're thinking of making Bali your new home, it's well worth remembering the handy tips listed above.