Buying property: Indonesia, Gili Islands

Today after my second day of dive class, I visited a construction site, where my only other classmate, Kique, is building a resort property. He got tired of being part of the "consumption culture" in Spain, so instead he brought property in Indonesia. From what I saw today, it seemed like a wise choice. Property and labor here are cheap, and Gili Meno is beautiful.

Gili Meno Island: Construction workers who commute from nearby Lombok (another island) earn about $6 USD per day, 50 percent more than they'd earn per day at home.

Gili Meno Island: When finished, this two-story home will have cost about $15,000 USD to build.

Gili Meno Island: Construction project, about 200 meters from the southern beach in Gili Meno.

Gili Meno Island: Kique (Kee-Kay) is a Spanish lawyer and economist who got tired of the daily grind in Europe, so he's building a vacation property in Gili Meno. The land is about the size of a football field.

Gili Meno Island: One of the construction workers taking a break.

Gili Meno Island: Construction workers on Gili Meno.

Gili Meno Island: One of about eight or nine structures currently being built. The raw materials for the bricks are shipped by boat, then transported by hand and horses to site location, where the bricks are then made by hand.

Gili Meno Island: This will be about the average size of the many structures being built: a modest one-story bungalow, which can be built from scratch for about $6,000 USD.