Bali’s economy saw a significant increase in the year 2017 due to the following sectors of tourism, agriculture and trade industry. The currency that is used in Bali is the Indonesian rupee which is locally referred to as the rupiah and 1 US dollar amounts to 14,142 Indonesian rupees or IDR.
The Balinese people first language is Indonesian and due to tourism, a high percentage have a good understanding of English. Bali experiences tropical and humid weather mostly throughout the year, as is common with a tropical island. There are two distinctive seasons– the dry summer season from April to October and the rainy season from November to March. Bali stays hot all year round so you would not need so many clothes for the cold if you are looking to settling down in Bali.
The most popular mode of transportation is taxis and you can also rent motorcycles or cars and ensure that you have an international license and the right paperwork for the vehicle. With Bali being a tourist destination there are plenty of activities and sightseeing.
- Pura Tanah Lot – The Balinese word Pura is what they refer to as a temple and indicates that it is a spiritual place like a temple. Pura Tanah Lot is visited by thousands of tourists every day but only the locals can enter the gates of the temple.
- Mount Batur –Is one of the most visited locations within Bali with its picturesque views from the top. If you haven’t hiked up to the top of the mountain through the lush trails and seen the sunrise, your Bali trip would remain incomplete. You can also visit the temple nestled in the foot of the mountain, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, just next to Lake Batur or relax your body in the hot springs of Toya Bungkah.
- The Monkey Forest – is in the town of Ubud which is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and is a treat for everyone to see. All along the expanse of the forest, you would see relics and ancient statues depicting the harmony between humans and animals. Secluded in one corner of the forest there are three temples which are home to hundreds of monkeys. You will also notice some rare plants that are only present within this region.
- The Sidemen Valley – If you prefer to relax in the midst of the Balinese mountains, rather than indulge in extroverted activities, the Sidemen Valley should be your first stop. This area of Bali has preserved the olden Bali ways with the small villages hidden by the mountains where time seems to have stopped. Stay in a bed and breakfast or homestay to get the authentic Balinese experience or cycle through the trails covered by rice fields or hike through the mountains.
Bali is full of Job opportunities for expats looking to relocate and the tourism industry is the single largest contributing industry to Bali’s annual revenues and there are jobs available within the hospitality and tourism sectors. There are always jobs available within the teaching profession as long as you have fluent English.
It is important to know that when you wish to work in Bali you will need a work permit. This means you have to be sponsored by the company you are going to work for. The company will have to apply for a KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Sementara) which is a temporary Stay Permit Card.