EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Moving to Bali – Finally in One Place

Note: ebook updated february 2018.

  • visa section totally renewed
  • updated all prices
  • new chapters on residency /citizenship, taxes, …
  • more info on finances
  • more info on looking for accomodation
  • expanded health & healthcare section…
  • 50+ pictures added
  • & more…

Eyes open.

A warm morning breeze blows in from the ocean, bringing the salty scent and sounds of the crashing waves into your room.

Another day of your new life in Bali begins.

Outside on the balcony of your beachside villa, the sun shines upon an ocean dotted with distant surfers riding cresting waves.

The scent of your breakfast being prepared by your maid (who you pay $120/month) leads you downstairs to your pool-side dining table. A delicious plate of fruits (picked that very morning, of course), a vegetable-packed omelette, bacon, and a cup of the famous Bali Kintamani coffee (totaling about $2 AUD) await you.


Today will be a good day.

After a $5/hour full body massage at the spa, you’ll be meeting friends for a delicious Babi Guling (suckling pig, an Indonesian delicacy) lunch.

This afternoon? Maybe yoga. Or a book by the beach. Or shopping in the markets. Or climbing Mt. Batur. Or a night of dancing…you’re really not sure yet.

You do know one thing though. Tonight, like every other night of your life in Bali, will see you collapsing into bed exhausted, smiling, and excited for tomorrow.

And this whole lifestyle: the beachside villa, the personal maid, the delicious healthy foods, the daily adventures…it’s all costing you less than $2000 AUD/month.


So you want to join us expats on the Island of the Gods? Great!

It’s a good thing you’ve found this page.

You’ll be living a life of tropical royalty. Delicious and healthy food, your own villa and staff, and a beach-going, coconut-drinking lifestyle.



It’s not so easy to get set up here

Indonesian expat laws are a costly tangle of confusing rules and regulations that threaten to suck up your time, lighten your wallet, and stress you out considerably if you don’t know how to navigate them.


Even basic questions have overly-complex answers…

  • Where should you live? In Ubud for the wonderful yoga expat culture? Uluwatu for the surfer’s paradise? Kuta for the night life? Somewhere else?
  • When you do choose a town, how will you buy a home when non-Indonesians can’t own land?
  • What Visa should you get? And how will you deal with the frequent renewals they require…avoiding the rules that ask you to leave and re-enter the country every few months?
  • Should you learn the Indonesian language? How?
  • Do you want to navigate the chaotic roads yourself, or hire a driver? Either way, how do you find a high quality and inexpensive way of getting around?
  • How should you deal with the corrupt Balinese traffic police (who will pull you over and ask for bribes, regardless of how law-abiding you are)?
  • What happens if you fall in love in Bali? If you want to get married?
  • What should you do in the case of a medical emergency? If you need medication, how will you find it here? Should you invest in vaccinations?
  • How should you manage your money? How can you make more of it? How can you avoid “Tourist” prices wherever you go, and pay what the locals pay?
  • How can you get the fastest home internet in Bali? And the best phone plan?
  • What should you bring with you on your move here? What is cheaper and faster to buy on-island?

These are not easy questions…and no one has ever organised their answers into an easy-to-use resource.

Until now.




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Five years ago, I stepped off the plane and onto Bali soil

Since then, I’ve made (or seen others make) nearly all the mistakes one can make in the face of these problems. I wasted a lot of time, endured a lot of stress, and got myself into legal messes more than once in the process of figuring out how to best answer them.


I’ve learned the hard way

But now I have a furnished three bedroom home for $1250 a year in my favourite part of Bali, a brand-new motorbike on rental, a Balinese girlfriend, an online-generated income, and a mastery of both Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Bali (the Indonesian and Balinese languages) that has earned me many local friends, connections and discounts.


Life is good now

My visa situation is secured and renewals are automatic. My home internet is 7mb down (fast enough for absolutely anything online to run smoothly).

I have a network of interesting and adventurous locals and expats that I spend my days with. I’ve even acquired a local license to cut down on police bribes!


Helping people to get set up here

I have helped over a hundred new expats set up their lives in Bali over the last four years. At first just friends. Then people referred to me by these friends. Eventually word got out and I became a go-to man for expats who needed help setting up and maintaining their lives in Bali.

Over the years, I condensed and refined the method you need to be completely set up in Bali, have all your questions answered (and know which questions to ask in the first place!), and be fully prepared to live in this island paradise for as long as you wish in any way you wish.

I organised and prioritised this method so well that I have been able to successfully and repeatedly get expats fully set up in Bali within 7 days of their first step off the plane.


At a fraction of the price for a consultation

And now I can do it for you… at a fraction of the price you usually have to pay people like me for consulting. All you have to do is read through and follow the easy and clear process I’ve created for you in The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali, and you’ll be able to have yourself set up here in 7 days if you wish (or longer if you want to take it slow).


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Here’s what people who have bought “The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Bali” have to say:

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Resource for a stress-free move to Bali

Have no fear of wasting your hard-earned money on problems you didn’t know to expect or didn’t know how to avoid. I show you how to avoid the problems you can, and deal with the unavoidable ones as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Have no stress or worry about having to navigate the many rules and customs that confront us Balinese expats. I give you a guide of how to deal with both Balinese social customs and Balinese expat laws so you’re not stumbling into trouble.

Have no time wasted running around town looking for solutions to problems. I’ve mapped out where to go, who to talk to, and what to pay for every single problem you’ll encounter.


Money back guarantee

In fact, I’m so confident in my tried-and-tested Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali that I’m going to offer you a 100% money back guarantee.

Yup, if you don’t absolutely love this guide for any reason at all, just email me and I’ll give you every cent you paid for it right back…! I’ll even let you keep the guide.

If you’re coming to join us in Bali…if you’re even thinking about it…The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali will tell you everything you need to expect, and all that you need to do to make your move here as smooth, inexpensive and worry-free as possible.


It can save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours

In fact, it would be unusual if it didn’t.

And if it doesn’t? Well then you get 100% of your investment back. Not a bad deal, eh?


This is your chance

Click the Buy Now button below, and you’ll have the PDF guide on your screen immediately.

From there, just spend a couple hours relaxing and reading it on whatever device you like (it looks great on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindles, even computer screens). Then keep it to refer back to whenever you have a problems. And use it as your step-by step guide for what to do during your move to paradise.

And, hey, let me know when you land in Bali. We’ll go out for a few Bintangs beers and chat about just how awesome life is here in Bali.

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– Steve Carrole


P.S. Just in case you run into a quandary without a simple solution, or have a custom question you’d like a custom answer to, I’ve made myself easy to reach. All my contact info is listed in the back of the book, as well as on multiple pages.


  1. When I move to Bali, I will be shipping my household items. I will either apply for a KITAS when on Bali or I might apply for one here in the US. I have read (somewhere…), that with a KITAS, I would not even be allowed to leave Bali for Surabaya which would be a problem since that is where my goods will be shipped. Could you please send the correct information on this dilemma.
    Thank you!

    1. Whoa, I don’t know how much research you’ve done so far but if I were you I would reevaluate all of it. First of all, applying for your KITAS usually requires you to have a job. There are a couple of exceptions but the majority of people with a KITAS have a job. Second, one of the usual requirements of shipping your stuff over is having the KITAS. The third point and the thing that stuck out most about your comment is your assumption that you can’t leave Bali to go to Surabaya on a KITAS. This is 110% untrue. A KITAS is a visa for the whole of Indonesia. It is valid from the westernmost tip of Sumatra to the easternmost border of Papua. You are free to travel anywhere you like within the country. I will refrain from speaking negatively about the source that gave you this information but would suggest that you are much more careful about believing information from such a source. If you need any more information then don’t hesitate to contact me.

      1. Hello Raja
        Wonder if you can help. We need a maid for cleaning n taking care for our villa as well as been able to cook or be interested in it. Speak English. Good salary. Full time, can you help. Thanks

  2. Hi,
    I am in the process of moving (back) to Indonesia after many years … lived there for 7, now plan to lease a huse in Bali for a year and see how it goes. I am not planning on bringing much … other than some personal things I hate to let go. Anything you would bring?

    1. That question could be answered many different ways by different people. If I had to do it all over again, I would have brought more clothes especially underwear as my sizes are hard to find in Bali. I also might have bought a Kindle as the copyright laws won’t allow you to ship it to Indonesia. Any major electronic purchase I would probably also try to take care of before I went.

  3. Hi,

    We are moving to Bali soon and I think I have everything pretty much covered. Although I may take a 1/2 hour of consulting as it never hurts to get different opinions.. My question is about my dogs. Jetpets will transport them to Jakarta but not into Denpasar. Any suggestions as to how I should get them to Bali ?

    Hope you can help


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