Everything you need to know before you buy a house in Bali

Before you buy a house in Bali 

What do you need to know before you buy a house in Bali, or two? 

Who hasn’t dreamt of living abroad and buy a house in Bali? A luxury villa right in front of the beach where you can watch the sunset everyday. Many people have definitely thought to buy a house in Bali. There is so much to know before you consider moving to Bali, because Indonesia is an amazing country. We love to help you and provide you with most relevant and honest information. Here we will give you all the in’s and out’s of what it is like to have a second home or house or villa on the magical island of Bali. 

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Culture & Religion 

Culture in Bali

As in any country, it is highly important to understand the culture, because you will need to adjust. Indonesia has a magical blend of different cultures and religions through out its archipelago. There are more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, it is hard to talk about ‘Indonesian Culture’, as there is no such thing! There are definitely striking similarities, but even on Bali there are many varieties. 

Religion in Bali

The religion on Bali is mainly Hindu, around 80%. Which is definitely interesting as the majority of Indonesia is Muslim. (87%) This is clearly very different from the rest of Indonesia, and also the reason for the different culture on Bali. As you cruise around Bali looking for a house or villa, you’ll notice the many many temples across the island. If you want to learn more about these unique aspects of Bali, check out our extensive article about culture and religion in Bali! (url) 


One of the most fascinating aspects of Indonesia is language! Believe it or not, there are more than 700 actual spoken languages in Indonesia. Officially the language is Bahasa Indonesia, a simplified version of Bahasa Malay. However, on most islands there is a local language as well. Commonly the people speak the local language as their first language and Bahasa Indonesia as their second. As well on Bali, beside Bahasa Indonesia there is the language Bahasa Bali. Fear not, as 


Leasehold or freehold? 

It can be quiet confusing to understand whether you are able to buy a house in Bali, lease it or get it on freehold. As a foreigner in Indonesia it is not possible to own any property, therefore several different options exist to make it possible. In order to completely understand the construction of these rules, it is important to know the difference first. Basically there are two different ways to buy a house in Bali. 

  • Leasehold
  • Freehold

Make sure to check out these articles before dreaming away. 

Where to go in Bali? 

Approximately 3.2km east of Java and a lovely eight degrees south of the equator, you’ll find the Island of Gods, Bali! Across the 153km span of land, you’ll find two important mountains of life. The highest volcano on the island reaches 3,031 meters and is considered the ‘Mother Mountain’. Perhaps you have heard about this active volcano in the news, Mount Agung. The other peak that reaches the sky is called Mount Batur, a famous tourist highlight to climb and watch the sunrise. Slightly less high, reaching 1,717 meters high. Always keep an eye on these mountains when considering to buy a house in Bali. These mountains of life are the reason to the high fertility of the land, combined with the rainfall it makes great land for the farmers. Everything from rice, vegetables and cattle can be found on land in Bali. 

The island is famous for its incredibly good waves. A big reason for this are the coral reefs that are nearly around the entire island. The south is home to some ‘instagrammable’ white sand beaches. Yet, many beaches in Bali have the infamous black sand originating form the volcanos on the island. Besides mainland Bali there is a magical group of islands just south east called Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. A great hideaway for the weekend. 


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The capital of Bali is called Denpasar, situated in the south. All urban areas are around in the south as well. Most famous and most populated areas are, Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud and Nusa Dua. All these rural areas are amazing to buy a house in Bali. Whether you are looking for a second home, an investment or moving permanently to Bali! Check out our detailed article on where we can help you to buy a house in Bali! 



If you are looking to buy a house in Bali, then you will buy a house only 8 degrees south of the equator! There are only two seasons on Bali. The dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is between April and September. During this period it is also peak season, and Bali l

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