The island of Bali lies eight degrees south of the equator and is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. It is separated from Java by the Bali Strait and is surrounded by coral reefs and black and white sandy beaches. Rich in both flora and fauna and breathtaking panoramas the ‘Island of the Gods’, with its many temples is the spiritual home of the Balinese.
“Hinduism is intertwined with tradition and culture and almost daily ceremonies and festivals are lived on this unique and deeply spiritual island.”
Australians flock to Bali as an alternative living place and are rated second highest in number, of expats residing on the island. Not only do savvy Australians recognize the opportunities of living on Bali, so do many Europeans from the UK, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Russia as well as Americans, Brazilians, Chinese and Japanese to name a few. It is a cultural melting pot which brings with it a rich multicultural environment and diverse businesses to enjoy.
One of the benefits of living on Bali is savoring the many outstanding oriental, western and Indonesian restaurants and warungs that are reasonably priced and dotted around the island. From Indian to Chinese, French to Italian, Lebanese to Balinese, Vegetarian to Raw there is something for everyone.
Bali’s culture is rich in woodwork, painting, metal work, jewellery, leather works, music, dance, sculpture and writing. Many charitable foundations and organizations also exist on Bali from Rotary Club to Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA), through to many not for profit Yayasan’s that work in education, helping children and the poor. Numerous programs such as the Bali Kids, East Bali Poverty Project, Bali Caring Community and those undertaken in the Prison to help inmates, are also worthwhile projects to get involved.
For those that enjoy a colorful social life or networking there are many clubs such as the Bali Business Club, Internations, Royal Bali Yacht Club, BIWA, Harley Motorcycle Club, Slow Food Movement, Salsa Club, Canggu Club, Cycling Club, Hash House Harriers, Golf Clubs and Yoga Studios to name a few. Throughout the year a diverse range of festivals and parties are held from the Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud Readers and Writers Festival, Ku de Ta White Party and Potato Head Beach Club to the Kuta Beach Festival or Kite Flying Festival in Sanur. Additionally many visiting guest artists and chefs come to Bali to perform or create works of art in well-known hotels, restaurants or local nightspots.
If residing or visiting you can choose to be part of the community or alternatively have a quieter life. Whatever you decide, whether you are a little or big part of Bali, there is something here for everyone to enrich his or her life.