For everyone who has been to Bali and Indonesia coming back from their trip may have in mind how to invest in a property in Bali.

How to invest in the property market in Bali or Indonesia?

For a long term investment, the answer is yes. For a short term or medium term, the response depends on the type of investment. The Indonesian economy is not dependent on tourism. Therefore, there needs to be a comprehensive guide for investors before investing in property, especially in Bali.

However the tourism sector is an important source of income for areas such as Bali, Lombok or East of Indonesia. Investments are done by local governments and they have a policy to attract investments from the rest of Asia or Western countries such as Australia.

Despite the property market might be stabilising a bit, Bali has always attracted tourists. A few years back, the same question was should we continue to invest after Seminyak. Nowadays, Berawa, Canggu, Pererrenan have seen a lot of investment in properties and an occupancy rate higher than other areas.

A stable market with high return investment

It is not unusual to see 15% return on investment per year from the short term rental while other markets offer usually 5 to 10%. Those numbers obviously depend on the location and your tax exposure.

The stability of Bali offers an excellent occupancy above 50% with 80% in well known locations such as Canggu, Seminyak. Other areas such as Nusa Dua or Amed have more difficulty to reach this threshold.

You can often recoup your entire investment money in 6 years. This means you can expect to purchase additional property quickly and the levels of passive income can be off the scale if you invest for long periods of time. Digital nomads, in particular, often eschew a permanent residence in favour of owning or buying investment properties in places like Bali.

A market entry cost lower than in mature market

Bali and Indonesia’s market has not reached their maturity and still offer lower entry prices than buying a property in Australia or Europe. The gap with western, Singapore, China or Tokyo is still important. It is feasible to enter the market with 150 000 USD or less and have a property to rent it out on Airbnb or Some actors nowadays provide fractional investment where investors can even buy a part of the property with only 25 000 USD.

Out of the property to accommodate tourists in a form of villa or hotel, the entertainment industry is also following the trend. Restaurants, beach clubs, nightclubs are also developing and accommodating different and long term investors.

Out of the property to accommodate tourists in a form of villa or hotel, the entertainment industry is also following the trend. Restaurants, beach clubs, nightclubs are also developing and accommodating different and long term investors.

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What are the limits or what should you make cautious before investing in property?

1. Property Regulations

The development has not always been done in line with the regulations. Unfortunately, some agents or sellers have contributed to offer some properties in areas that are for example not able to get a proper building permit and as a consequence a proper license to operate on Airbnb or other platforms legally. Buyers are exposed to sanctions the day the government is going to reinforce the law. Indeed during this period, the investor can take its return on investment but it might happen before.

2. Tax Required

The government has indeed a part of responsibility by not reinforcing law, but developers also omit to inform clients about the regulation. Tax is the perfect example of this omission. Taxation is an important factor that can affect the investment. Having proper tax planning on this is crucial.

3. Property Ownership for Foreigners

Foreigners can own properties in Bali and Indonesia under a company. This allows foreigners to acquire the property and have the property under the company name. The advantage is that the seller has no rights on the property at all after the transaction.  The other advantage is also to make the income legit. The advantage is also in terms of Tax.

The most common practice has been for years to lease a land for a certain period of time. This form of investment can reduce the capital needed to enter the market. A lease at 150 000 USD for 20 years may let you get a return on your investment.

So the two ways to buy property in Indonesia are 1. To have a leasehold agreement or 2. To have a PT PMA (company) and purchase the property under the company.

4. Financing and Mortgage

As foreigners, it might be difficult to get a loan in Indonesia. The payment of properties requires most of the time an upfront payment. Some banks might be able to discuss how to finance the investment of a second property if you already own the first property.

As a reminder, having a leasehold agreement is not an ownership. It is a long-term rent and as a consideration, the bank will not lend money to the buyer and be able to have a mortgage on it.

For first-time buyers, it is probably recommended to enter the market by trying to get a loan in their home country or to purchase a freehold property.

5. Building Permit and Design

Buildings in Indonesia require a building permit (residential, commercial) divided into 2 documents called PBG and SLF. Indonesia does not recognize architects who do have not a license to apply for a building permit in Indonesia. It is possible to hire an architect but this one will need to collaborate with a local architect.

Furthermore, some areas have restrictions and it is sometimes difficult to build more than 3 or 4 floors. Some special authorizations are necessary and we recommend talking to a professional on this topic before starting your plan.

5. Understanding the Zoning Area of Property

Bali and Indonesia have classified lands in different zones with color codes. Some areas are not limited to some activities and it is prohibited to build in some areas. There are sometimes some derogations. Having proper due diligence on the land is important to understand what you can do with the property. Usually, Indonesia classified its areas into:

  • Green zone: Agriculture
  • Yellow zone: Residential
  • Pink zone: Tourist
  • Red zone: Commercial area

6. Apartment versus villa

The last few years Bali has seen several apartment projects developing around the island. Those projects offer the possibility to some investors to own a property without having to set up a company. Indeed the regulation allows foreigners to buy apartments. Those apartments will be under the name of the foreigner. However, it is important to always separate 2 things.

7. Owning a Property Legally and Doing Business With A Property.

You can own a property and not necessarily be allowed to get income from this property and vice versa. Owning a car doesn’t mean you can become a car rental company or just give your car to a rental company to lease your car to a client. Real estate agents do their job well and know how to find the right property. Property management companies such as Bukit Vista know how to manage your property. Consultants and legal know how to secure your investment and make your business legal.

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Where to Invest in a Property in Bali?

Best Locations to Invest

This is the lottery question. Bali’s vibrant property market is a tapestry woven with diverse offerings, catering to various investor dreams. Let’s explore the hottest threads and guide you towards your perfect piece:

Seminyak: The established queen, Seminyak exudes luxury, offering premium shopping, dining, and entertainment. While Canggu basks in the limelight, Seminyak retains its timeless allure.

Canggu and Pererenan: Boasting a meteoric rise, Canggu sizzles with development, attracting tourists, nomads, and expats. Prepare for vibrant energy, but be mindful of increasing traffic.

Seseh and Cemagi: Seseh and Cemagi offers affordability and proximity to its bustling neighbour. New developments are starting there. Rice Fields are still surrounding the area.

Nyanyi: Another Canggu neighbour, Nyanyi presents another enticing investment opportunity with its unique appeal.

Uluwatu and Bingin: This surfer’s paradise boasts breathtaking beauty and surging demand for villas. If you seek a patient investment with high potential, Uluwatu awaits. Similar to Uluwatu’s past, Bingin offers an early-stage investment with the potential for significant returns, ideal for the adventurous investor.

Melasti, Pandawa, Ungasan: Those areas are classified in a touristic zone. The government has made important investments there. New beach clubs have raised the last few years.

Ubud: Escape the coastal frenzy and embrace Ubud’s serene charm. Lush rainforests, rice paddies, and cooler temperatures attract a steady stream of investors seeking a reliable performer.

Sidemen: Similar to Ubud by its beauty and surrounding, Sidemen is an untapped beauty awaits in East Bali’s Sidemen. Witness the rise of a hidden gem and invest in rental properties poised for success.


Consider your investment goals, risk tolerance, and desired lifestyle. This diverse market offers something for everyone, so choose wisely and weave your Bali property dream into reality.

Additional Tips

  • Conduct thorough research before investing.
  • Consult with a local real estate expert.
  • Understand the legal landscape and regulations.
  • Factor in ongoing costs like maintenance and taxes.
  • By following these guidelines and exploring the unique threads of each location, you’ll be well on your way to securing your ideal investment in Bali’s dynamic property market.

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