Bali, Indonesia

Living Costs in Bali

This place is called the “enchanted land”, and no wonder, fordespite its small size, this island packs in everything you expect of paradise, from coral reefs to the jungle-clad slopes of mighty mountains complete with tribes of naughty monkeys. Here, amid the most gracious and hospitable of peoples, you can live for as little as US$1,500 a month.

When you first arrive, you will probably find shopping at the western-style groceries and supermarkets easier and more familiar. This is the time to pay attention. Keep your eyes and ears open, ask your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances questions about where they shop, and you will soon learn where you can find the freshest food, best selection, and most reasonable prices.

By any standard, Bali is an inexpensive place to live. Here’s a sampling of prices for the island. Most of the food prices are derived from the big international grocery in Denpasar and are intended for comparison only. As a rule of thumb, the more you shop in local and traditional markets, the more you will save.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Bali, Indonesia

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Rent IDR 15,000,000  Unfurnished, two-bedroom apartment.
Gas IDR 100,000  For cooking.
Transportation IDR 800,000  Bus/metro pass for two, occasional taxi.
Electricity IDR 700,000  A/C usage.
Water IDR 100,000
Telephone IDR 75,000
Internet IDR 600,000
Cable TV N/A
Groceries IDR 3,500,000  Basic items for couple.
Entertainment IDR 1,200,000  Social outing, 75k-250k rupiahs p/person
Total IDR 22,075,000  US$1,671

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Sanur, Bali

Sanur, located in the south of Bali, is on the quieter side with a more relaxed vibe and a slightly older crowd than that of nearby Kuta.  This town, made up of 7 districts, has become popular with expats for its mellow lifestyle and proximity to international schools.  Even though it is a quieter area there are still plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from.

The beach in Sanur is about 5 kilometers long and protected by a barrier reef which makes the waters calm and safer for swimmers.

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