If you have decided to settle in Bali, you will definitely have to look for accommodation. Here are some tips to guide you.
Bali is, above all, a tourist region. Every year, millions of tourists visit Bali, not only for its breathtaking scenery but also for its beautiful turquoise lagoons, as well as for its friendly and hospitable population. Stretching over some 5,637 km², it has a population of more than 4 million inhabitants to date. If you also wish to visit and settle in Bali, it is best to be aware of its regions and of the available housing units. Take the time to inquire on these and to plan your budget beforehand.
Divisions and subdivisions
Bali actually consists of 9 distinct zones, namely one administrative division which is known as the kota and 8 subdivisions called kabupaten. These are as follows:
Kota Denpasar, which is Bali's capital city, is found in south-central Bali. It is the island's biggest city. The city also hosts one of the National Archaeological Research Center's branches, as well as the St. Joseph's Church, the Meredith Memorial Library, the Pasar Dadung Market, a Performing Arts Conservatory, the Indonesian Dance Academy, and the Abiankohas Art Centre.
Badung is mostly an administrative region, starting from Central Highlands to Bukit Badung or Jimbaran. The city is famous for its white sandy beaches as well as its world-class surfing equipment. Badung is divided into six districts or kecamatan, as well as 40 administrative villages (desa dina and kelurahan) and 117 traditional villages (desa adat). These villages are further subdivided into 297 smaller community groups which are known as Dusun and 498 Banjar.
Bangli is the island's economic and administrative hub, grouping activities such as agriculture, a small craft industry, and tourism.
Buleleng, which is found located along Bali's North coast of Bali, is a bit isolated from the rest of the island. However, it is mostly known to be a tourist region as it has been attracted more and more foreigners year after year.
Gianyar, which is found in the center of Bali, is the island's second most populated area. Ubud's highlands represent the island's artistic and cultural heritage. It has been attracting tourists over the years for its breathtaking mountains views and its coastline. Its economy is mainly based on the craft industry. You are also likely to find wildlife parks.
Jembrana, which is found in Western Bali, is mostly directed by highly developed agricultural and craft industries.
Karangasem is famous for its breathtaking landscapes which have been formed by lava flows from the Gunung Agung which is Bali's sacred mountain. You will also be delighted by its beautiful paddy fields which are found on the lower south-east slopes, coffee and cloves culture, etc.
Klungkung, which is found on the southeast coast, is Bali's smallest district. It is crossed by the Unda River and hosts many villages. Klungkung is also known to be central Bali's most commercial region thanks to the famous Bali market.
Tabanan is found between the North mountains and the South green rice fields. It is quite popular for its black sand beaches, as well as the Tanah Lot which is one of Bali's famous temples.
The Center is a very mountainous and inspiring region in terms of Balinese arts and culture. It consists of Ubud, Bedugul and Tabanan.
The East is perfect for nature lovers as it combines natural reserves, lush forests, volcanic areas, as well as black sand beaches and unique diving sites. The region consists of areas such as Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai and Tirta Gangga.
The North is mostly a calm, peaceful and serene region. You can still feel the colonial atmosphere through houses dating from the Dutch colonization era. You will be delighted by its black sand beaches and massive coral reefs which are ideal for diving. The region includes Lovina and Singaraja.
The South is a densely populated and dynamic region, mainly thanks to tourism. It is a real delight for those who like night life, shopping, wandering along beaches, etc. The region includes Kuta, the Bukit Peninsula, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak and Tanah Lot.
The West hosts a protected national park and other areas such as Negara, Gilimanuk and Pemuteran Medewi Beach. It is an ideal region for those who like calm beaches which will make you feel like you are alone on earth.
Tourists in Bali are more likely to stay in hotels or other temporary housing options. But if you wish to settle there, finding your accommodation could take much more time. You also have to make appropriate planning regarding your housing budget as rent is generally paid in advance according to the duration of your stay, as well as the comfort level. Hence, you are advised to seek the help of a real estate agency to avoid paying expensive rents. Networking may also help.
If you have just landed in Bali, you can rent either rent a hotel room if you have the financial means, or opt for Kos which are cheap and hospitable family pensions. You can then take your time to find the accommodation which best suits your needs.
Good to know:
If you are planning to occupy the housing unit for a one year period, you will be required to settle a year's rent at once. However, payment conditions can be negotiated if you are dealing with a real estate agency.
Temporary rent prices
Rent prices in Bali will depend on the type of accommodation you have chosen, whether it is a studio, Kos or a traditional Balinese villa. In general, you will need some 200 to 350 euros per month to rent a studio consisting of a bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom and toilet, including air conditioning, internet access via Wi-Fi, a bed and television.
If you prefer a Kos, you will need an average of 300 euros per month. However, the rent price will depend on the lease duration, condition of the housing unit, etc.
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