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How to Start a Business in Bali - It can be difficult enough starting a successful business in your own country, let alone in a foreign country like Indonesia. The dream of running your own guesthouse or restaurant by the beach on a tropical island like Bali, doesn't stop people wanting to give it a try. This guide on how to start a business in Bali was written to help guide people through the ropes of setting up a company and establishing a successful business. The book goes beyond the author's experience by including interviews with successful expat entrepreneurs who have a combined experience of over 80 years in Indonesia. The advice is practical and to the point. While the guide focuses on Bali, the information could also be applied to other locations in Indonesia as well.
"How to Retire in Bali" - as the title suggests is a complete guide to retiring in Bali. The guide book covers all of the essential information you need to know before contemplating a move to Bali, such as visas, health care, insurance, buying property, finding accommodation and adapting to life in Bali. The book includes interviews with retirees who have already made the move to Bali. You can learn from their experiences and come out with a better understanding of what it is actually like to live in Bali, rather than just visiting the island for a holiday.
The Expat Family Guide to Living in Bali - This book will help your family prepare for the move to bali, smooth the settling in process and explain some of the common problems you may encounter along the way and how to deal with them. If you are still on the fence about moving to Bali, this book will give you a good idea of what to expect, as it doesn't take long for anyone to realize that living in Bali is not all about sitting around a pool, sipping cocktails! The book includes information on Culture shock and children, what to bring and what to leave behind, where to live - highlighting popular neighborhoods, renting a house or villa, education, health concerns, cost of living, finding work, managing staff, visas, and other helpful information specific to relocating to the island paradise of Bali.
Alcoholics Anonymous -Al-Anon Bali - http://aa-bali.org
Infoline English: 081-558-104-700 and Indonesian: 087-862-360-454
Al Anon – 5:30 Saturday and Wed at Jl Drupdi II # 80
Narcotics Anonymous: in English, 081-33853-9592; in Bahasa Indonesia, 081-805-682-356 www.na-bali.org
Debtors Anonymous - 0821-4757-4545
Bali Bulldogs Expat Football (Soccer) Social Team - football club catering for Kindergarten, juniors, girls and seniors football all played within a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bali Community Choir meets every Tuesday evening at the Gateway Community Center on Jalan Danau Batur Sari No.3 in Sanur (across from the Canang Sari Restaurant on the same street that leads to the Bali International School). For more information contact: Brendan O'Donnell volunteer conductor (English) 0813-53120682, Ricky (Indonesian) 087-761-016-200, or Jane (English) 0812-3870469.
Bali Geckos - Australian Rules football club - www.baligeckos.com
Bali International Cricket Club - social cricket on Sundays at Sidakarya field at 11:00am. Contact the Secretary, Ian Jasper, Ph: 0818-893434
Bali School of the Dramatic Arts - offers drama and music courses - www.balisoda.com
Bali Sports Foundation - an NGO initiating sports programmes all over Bali for both expats and nationals. The Foundation offers free rugby, basketball, soccer, netball and swimming training sessions in various locations. Volunteer coaches are also very welcome! for more information, visit www.balisports.com
BIWA - Bali International Women's Association. BIWA is a social and community welfare based association for Indonesian and expatriate women residing in Bali. Our activities include a monthly lunch, social welfare visits to villages we are helping, and coffee mornings to promote friendship and other outings. We also fund a dental bus which visits villages for checkups and treatments. New members will be made to feel very welcome! BIWA Center, Jalan D. Tandakan No. 5 - Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Tel (361) 286-564 and (0361) 746-9607 Website www.biwa-bali.org
BaliPod.com - Community forum for expats living in Bali www.balipod.com
Cricket Bali - CricketBali
Kuta Small Business Association
KSBA assists in the general recovery and a community based development of Kuta, as well as promoting tourism and trade in Bali. Structured as a board, the KSBA has a healthy mix of Balinese, Indonesian and expatriate members.
Piston Broke Bali - social motorbike club with members from around the world. Founded in 1995 by a couple of expatriates to get a group together with similar interests like riding a bike and partying. Organizes group bike riding, bike shows and fundraisers for local charities. The clubhouse is at “Anna’s Warung “in Sanur. So if you like a party, the odd beer or two and don't mind throwing your leg over a motorbike ! ... come and join Piston Broke Bali. The club also raises money for local orphanages and charities. Members live in Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Europe. For information contact Wazza, Gringo or Piston Broke at firstname.lastname@example.org - www.pistonbrokebali.com
Raffles Golf Club - Raffles Golf is a non-profit social club based at New Kuta Golf course in Bali where expat club members visitors meet for social tournaments every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tee off timne is different each day. We welcome all local and visiting expats (both ladies and gentlemen). Join in our competitions and presentation at the 19th hole. For more information, visit www.rafflesgolfbali.com
Royal Bali Yacht Club - www.royalbaliyachtclub.com
Sanur Residents - community project group, call 281-685 Meetings second Thursday monthly
Skal International - Professional tourism industry association. Call Al Purwa at 751-517 or Brian Watson at 701-638
Tennis Club - Nusa Dua Beach Hotel
Ubud Men's Support Group - Tuesday, 6:00 call Jim at (Ubud) 974-393
Women's Life Drawing Group - Thursday, Seniwati Studio, Ubud, Tel. 975-485; 0812-394-6595 Wed, Sat, Sun 2-5 pm; With Mary Northmore and the Seniwati Women's Gallery in Ubud 970-827.
Life Drawing Classes at Manik Organic – Saturday at 1. Jl Danau Tamblingan next to Parigata Spa
Click for information on foreign-language religious services
For a comprehensive listing of Bali community organizations, see the Bali Advertiser Community Events section.
Spas in Bali
Electricity in Bali fluctuates and goes out often. Be prepared. Check for generator facilities in apartment type units and explore oil/emergency lamps if not. Make sure that your computer has a UPS AND a stabilizer - it will save you lots of heartache! If your electricity seems to be acting up more than is normal even for Bali, send someone to PLN and ask them to come and check, especially around 6 PM when usage is maximal. Don't just call.
TeleTel. There are no special problems but perspective tenants should check the house to see that there is actually a working phone. There are some areas where it is difficult to get a land line and you might have to wait quite a while. However, a persistent expat, who can get past the front desk and speak to the "Senior Officer", will often find that in fact there are some lines available (for the persistent!). There are now ‘flexi’ phones working off of satellites so it is not as dire an issue as in the past.
Internet Service Providers
Information on ADSL service through Telkom Speedy
Centrin Wireless, JL Kaliasem NO 11 A, 228228, Fax 229-786
Water: many homes have city water. If so, you MUST choose bottled water - the city water leaves white deposits on the flowers! Some homes have well water. If so, it is advised to also have a water tower so you will have a supply of water even if the electricity is out and the pump is not able to function.
Hansip/Garbage - costs and service of both depend on local conditions. Price of daily garage pick up and monthly hansip (Security) services vary according to the neighborhood. Some Sanur residents pay as much as 75,000 for garbage though the collector speaks English!
Food - grocery stores and supermarkets
Dijon Food Specialties - food specialties shop in Kuta Poleng. Focus on imported items for the expat community (cheeses, olives, vinegars, dairy items, meat and salamis, pastas, grains and DIJON brand jams). Local bakeries supply bread daily. Local and imported vegetables and fruit. Tel. (0361) 759-636 Fax (0361) 759-783 Email email@example.com
Coffee and Coffee Equipment
Kids' Star, Istana Kuta Galleria 2/7, 769-299 - Beds, Wallpapers, etc.
Housewares / Garden Equipment
Ace Hardware - Istana Mall and Galleria Mall. Huge selection of household wares
Balloons & Flowers
Pasar (Local Markets):
International SOS, Bali
Body Wise Bali Therapy Center
Mobile Health Care - Kim Patra SRN/RM - Tel/ Fax 283-541 Hp 081-2366-0000
Bali's well known nurse and auther of "In the Arms of Angels". Specializing in women's health, babies and children. Services also include, Physiotherapist, home nursing, GP consult and emergency assistance and health insurance.
Holistic Healing Centre
The Holistic Healing Center concentrates on Naturopathy or the Healing Power of Nature which is basically a holistic approach to health and disease. Naturopathy/Homeopathy attempts to create the conditions which enable a body to heal itself. One aspect is Iridology or the science of analyzing the iris to determine predispositions to certain conditions before they have become acute and difficult to manage. A strong part of the program is NAET or Dr. Nambudipad's Allergy Elimination Techniques. Undiagnosed allergies contribute to many diseases most of us don't even suspect and this treatment is totally non intrusive, non oral and safe for young children. Also offers hypnotherapy, iridology, herbal remedies, nutrional advice, detox programs, and sells vitamins and supplements.
YPK Bali Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy treatment from Australian trained physiotherapist who is volunteering her services at YPK Bali. YPK specialises in back and neck pain, sports injuries, joint pains, Pilates, women’s health and neurological problems such as stroke, Parkinsons Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Cost is Rp180,000 for initial consultation and RP150,000 for all appointments thereafter. All treatment fees go directly towards the physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment of disabled Balinese people who cannot afford health services. Please contact Lizzy on 0361 228530 / 0812 364 78461 between 8am and 2pm Monday – Friday to book an appointment or further discuss YPK’s services and how your physiotherapy fees will help those less fortunate. Jl Badak Agung No. 18 – Renon, Denpasar
Mana Holistics -
Jl Raya Pettitinget 198 X next to Hu’u Bar and across from the Living Room – 318-5634
Australian International School
Canggu Community School
|JAKARTA Main office:
Jl. RTM #85, RT 04/11
Kelapa Dua, Cimanggis 16951
Tel. (62-21) 872-2711
Fax (62-21) 8770-0908
|BALI branch Office:
Maja Huma Residences, No. H2
Jl. Tukad Balian - Renon Kelod
|YOGYAKARTA branch Office:
Puri Dukuh Asri Blok A-5-6
Gang Banjarsari - Kec. Matrijeron
Are you looking for assistance in setting up a new foreign investment company in Indonesia? RAMI is the right firm in assist you and give you honest advice in setting up foreign investment company (PT. PMA), Foreign Representative Office (KPPA), or even a local company. RAMI also handles complete company permits including periodical reports to related departments such as to the Manpower Department, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), and Oil & Gas Department, whenever it is required. For sure, RAMI is a reputable firm and gives the best services for business permits in Indonesia. RAMI does it better!
Sabita Advisory, B7 in Dijon Complex Tel. 702-416 firstname.lastname@example.org Immigration/work permits/ Due Diligence and Mediation
Bali Car Rentals Offers car rental service for self driving and or with English-speaking driver. Serivce includes pick up at airport or delivery to hotel or home in Bali. Tel. +62-361-746-0011, 746-0022 Fax. +62-361-420-784 Website www.balicarrentals.com
Rim Cargo – 430-693, 744-8025 www.rimcargo.com - A sister company of Sourcing Bali
BCR Cargo - International Movers and Freight forwarders Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai 887, Suwung, 0361-721-004
Centra Computer 729-115
Chandra Consulting Taxation, Accounting & Inhouse Training Registered Tax Consultant, Public Accountant and MYOB Distributor. Pertokoan Sudirman Agung A43, Denpasar P. 0361 255 153 F. 0361 255 154 www.chandraconsulting.com
Dawn Delgado, US Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, specialist in eating disorders, self injury, depression, trauma, relationship issues,professional burn out and grief. Also trained in breathwork technique, Prana-Fusion.
At MANA, Jalan Raya Petitinget 198 X, next to Hu’u Bar, Tel. 318-5634
Fiona Paton, BSc, MSc (UK) Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Jalan Hang Tuah, Gang Mawar No.5
Tel. 0361 286-558
Counseling for stress and anxiety relief, depression, fears and phobias, post trauma, rape and sexual abuse, eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems, relationship and marriage issues, family problems, adaptation to change.
Concord Visa and Employment Tel 769-273
Matamera Contact: Ayip Tel. 481-906, Jl Imam Bonjol No. 46
TAO: specializing in Japanese language, Contact: Yumi Miyazaki (limited English), 759-626 or fax 759-612, Kuta Poleng A-7
Island Communications: Quality advertising, marketing, and graphic design from expatriates with extensive international experience and prestige client base. Jl. Danau Tamblingan 150, Sanur. Tel. 0361 282010 Fax 0361 287811 Email: email@example.com Web: www.icommbali.com
The Agency: 737-285 Advertising - all types of brochures, magazines, websites, billboards, printing, etc.
Mr. Fix It - Specialists in home and property maintenance, 288-789 or 081-23847-852
AA Bali Real Estate 766-550
Bali Property Management Tel. 287-020
Bali Procon 261-661
Century 21 245-762
ERA Dewata Tel. (0361) 240 408
Miska Goma - Director firstname.lastname@example.org
PR Indonet Realty 764-961
PT Asialife Invest - A leading advisory service providing International Health Care and General Insurances to the thousands of expatriates located throughout the South East Asia Region and beyond since 1998. Call us today on 0361 764 488 (ask for Natalie) to obtain details on our extensive range of health care plans and general insurancesincluding villa, hotel, vehicle, factory, travel, business and liability or visit our website at www.asialife.net
Bali Medical Insurance - Accidents and emergencies, individual and family plans, Group rates, Email email@example.com
Bali’s oldest registered Indonesian Mediation Service, Anjarini from Sabita Advisory Tel. 081239 60920 firstname.lastname@example.org Mediation for family disputes, company issues or any dispute where two parties are willing to come together and discuss.
Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai 120 E (Simpang Siur) 764-281
Jln. Tukad Bilok, Gg V, nr 1,
80226 Renon, Denpasar
Tel./Fax +(62-361) 248-446
Bali Pet Shop Tel. 428-786 (Denpasar branch)
Four locations in Sanur, Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak selling 'complete products for your lovely animal'.
Bali Kennels, 744-5158
Bali Piano Consulting Service
Tropial Pool and Spa - 289-104
Toko Daito 226-756, 223-043 Contact Irma
Quality printing with in shop-darkroom and design section. Good selection of interesting recycled papers. English speaking owners. In Pasar Kereneng, off Hayam Wuruk.
Ecobali Recycling Services
Working for a better environment providing solutions to waste disposal in Bali promoting waste separation at source.Weekly collection of plastic, metal, paper and all kind of recyclables for household, villas, schools etc. Also training in composting.
Tel. 0361-7907314 , Email: email@example.com
Bukit Something / ex Handayani - shoemaker and repair shop. Jl Danau Poso, Sanur, right where the bypass snakes off at an angle to go to Sanur Deli. Good neat work although not particularly delicate. Still, with no Laba Laba in Bali, it's a good find.
Sourcing Bali, a leading sourcing and buying agency 744-8025 firstname.lastname@example.org
DEAN - Driver with Distinction
Owns his own car and is available for daily, weekly rates. Speaks good Englishand some Japanese, knows the island well and has worked for expats for many years. Careful driver. Can recommend this person and his great sense of humor as well as his good driving!
Jl Raya Kuta 127
Jl. Lestari # 9X
Br. Umalas Kauh, Kerobokan
Tel 739-820 Fax 731-403
Not the normal tours! Off the beaten track ideas
Air Bali Tel.767-466 Fax 766-581
Helicopter and seaplane charter flights. Island tours to Komodo and Lombok. Medical evacuations. Search and rescue missions.
BSPA Veterinary Clinic And Boarding Kennel
24 hour care, grooming, whelping, day care, international standard veterinarians
Jl Pendidikan, Sidakarya
Sabita Advisory Tel. 750099 - 753023
Contact Ibu Anjar Kencahyati
Austrindo: Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai, Dewa Ruci
Contact Peter Johnson
Pak Eddy Nyoman Winartha, SH Tel. 759-776,766-911: Fax 766-909
Starfish Bali - The world’s most advanced water purification technology is chemical and filter free with exceptional microbiological kill power and chemincal removal capabilities. Results have been independently tested and certified.
Bali Weddings International
By Pass Sanur #103
Bali Bridal Boutique
Tel/ fax 287-516
Bali Elephant Park - Jl Elephant Park, Tao, Ubud 721-480 www.baliadveturetours.com
Elephant rides and feeding the animals. Food facilities available. Can also include rafting.
Bali Fun World – Jl Lettu I Wayan Sutha II, Batuan, Sukawati = 294-924, email@example.com
Bali Marine and Safari Park - Jl By Pass Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra km 19.8 950-000, Includes food and accommodation if desired. Exciting rides and a splash pool.
Bird Park – Jl Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Batubulan, Gianyar – 299 352. Includes a Reptile Park as well as a collection of 1,000 birds.
Kuda Stable – Gang Sabana, Banjar Kand Kang, Perenenan 0812-383-0731 Packages available.
Bali Island Horse – Yeh Gangga, 731-407 1 or 2 hour rides.
Umalas Equestrian Resort – Jl Lestari 9X, Umalas Kauh 731402 Has 5 guest rooms, pool and restaurant.
Jenggala: PT Jenggala Keramik on the Uluwatu II road in Jimbaran. Aside from a wonderful selection of ceramics, wood and silver chopsticks, glassware, there is a small café and a gallery with exhibits changing about every 3 months.
Neka Museum: Ubud. Great collection of a variety of artists and styles.
Peek A Boo - Not to be missed for kids, Peek a boo is located strategically on the bypassnear Sanur. Pee a boo is dedicated to pleasing both kids under 9 and their parents.1,000 sqm of play space both indoor and outdoor.Indoor has soft playhouse, ball pool, interactive toys, books, car rides and play kitchen.Outdoor? swing and jungle sets, rocking horse, places to climb and trampoline.Peek a boo also offers music and dance classes, karate classes and has its own café. A great place to play and to have a party. For more information,0361-282-638/fax 282-521 www.peekaboofun.com
Threads of Life: a shop and an organization. The shop is in Ubud, on Jl. Kajeng near the palace. You can see different types of weaving and get an idea from books and brochures about the tremendous work Jean and William are doing to bring back old techniques of weaving and dying in several parts of eastern Indonesia. They commission work to sell in the USA to bring back funds to do more. A great idea and one that certainly needed doing - just in time before the skills die off totally.
Sanur Village Festival: annual festival at Sanur Beach. Includes traditional boat races, water sports competition,bazaar and food festival, beach games, art exhibition, and culinary challenge. www.sanurvillagefestival.com
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival: held annually in October. www.ubudwritersfestival.com for more information
Waterbom: a great complex of water activities with several food outlets. One of a kind water slides including the macaroni tube - everything anyone needs and more. Open daily. Jl Kartini Tuban, Kuta 755-676
Yayasan Senyum / Smile Shop: Jl Sriwidari, Banjar Taman, Ubud, just past Seniwati Gallery. Thrift shop to support operations for facial surgery in kids who cannot afford proper medical treatment. 0813-384-674-98
Directorate General of Tax
Bali Regional Office
Download a listing of Foreign Consulates in Bali [pdf 42 KB]
For other consulates, contact the embassy of the country in Jakarta to ask for information on their consulate's office in Bali.
Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republik in Bali
Jl. Gunung Agung No. 93
Tel. (0361) 900-5583
Fax (0361) 426-477
Office hours: Monday – Friday: 08.00–16.00, Saturday: 08.00–13.00
Dr. Jurgen Schreiber – Honorary Consul
Consulate of Switzerland
Jl. Ganetri No. 9D, Gatot Subroto Timur
Denpasar, 80235 Bali Indonesia
Tel. +62 361 878 4343
Fax +62 361 878 4466
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00–13.00
Mr Gerhard L. Nutz – Honorary Consul
The Consulate of Switzerland is also the handling agent for Liechtenstein and Austria.
Eco Bali - Promoting responsible waste disposal on the island of Bali Sustainable Solutions to Waste Management
Idep foundation -
We are an Indonesian NGO working to develop Education, Permaculture and Training to help Indonesia Develop Sustainably.
Senang Hati Foundation - Working for a society that welcomes and values the equal participation of people with disabilities.
Bumi Sehat Bali -
Bumi Sehat: Gentle Births for a Peaceful Future
SOS - Sumatran Orangutan Society - Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered. Habitat loss and poaching are pushing them towards imminent extinction. Every minute, every day an area equal to six football fields of indonesian forest disappears!
Bali with Kids - a dedicated book for families spending time in Bali with their children! The guidebook lists over 300 kid friendly places and activities for families and gives full contact details, price range and age appropriateness for each entry. The book lists long time favorites as well as the latest kid friendly venues. In addition Bali with Kids readers will benefit from several discounts offered by the companies listed. It's a colourful and lively book and the feedback from families has been very positive so far. Their motto is: "Happy Kids Make Happy Parents". Parents can subscribe to their monthly newsletter on the website. Read selected articles from Bali With Kids!
A great forum for people traveling to Bali is the Bali Travel Forum.
If you have updates to this information to contribute on living in Bali, please contact us.
Our thanks to long-term resident of Indonesia, Susan Scherer, for researching and compiling the information for this page. Thanks also to Mike Spengel for his contributions.
Last updated October 12, 2013
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