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If you have ever been to Canggu in the beautiful Bali, you must have passed or at least heard about the infamous Canggu shortcut. It’s an 800m shortcut that cuts right through the evergreen paddy fields and takes you to the main road. While it’s nice and serene to drive by the paddy fields, hundreds have fallen into them. I present you, the Canggu Shortcut!
What is the shortcut about?
The Canggu shortcut connects Batu Bolong to Berawa. It doesn’t really bring you straight to Seminyak but it’s only 5 minutes from there. Canggu and Seminyak are two of the most popular spots in Bali with the sizable influx of tourist keep pouring in. Let’s imagine the horrendous traffic between these two major areas. Without the shortcut, you can expect to be stuck in a jam somewhere along the main road called Jalan Raya Canggu for more than an hour. You don’t want your holiday to be ruined by a jam (or macet in Indonesian), do you?
Or you can just escape to the ever serene Ubud where tranquillity and zen lies.
The shortcut is a small-cobbled road with a width of barely two cars. Hell yes, it is a two-way road. Here comes the madness. Only a car can pass at a time, while the other park themselves at the edge of the road letting it pass. I forgot to mention there are other road users like the bike riders (they are everywhere) and they are constantly trying to get past the cars.
It takes about 5-15 minutes to drive through this infamous shortcut, depending on the traffic. Still better than the macet.
Where is this shortcut in Canggu?
This Bali road hack begins at the corner of Jl Nelayan and ends at Jl Raya Semat where you can see Warung Heboh. From there, you will definitely see a number of cars and bikes coming out from a corner and that’s where the madness begins (or ends if you’re from the opposite). It is easy to locate this shortcut from various landmarks from Batu Bolong like Cafe Voyager and Canggu Tattoo Studio.
Why is it infamous?
Now, this is where the madness begins. I have stated earlier that hundreds have fallen. This is a common sight amongst locals and it is a daily occurrence. Motorcycles and cars drive too close to the edge to avoid the oncoming traffic and joined the rice field as well. It’s far more dangerous for cars as it can topple over. As Canggu is populated with travel bloggers/digital nomads, I’ve heard of plenty who have their laptop and work devices broken due to the fall. Crazy!
Personally and thankfully, during my stay in Canggu, I’ve never witnessed one accident at the Canggu shortcut. All’s well and swell!
Now, man, do you have any tips?
There are plenty of takeaways for the infamous Canggu shortcut, and some of which I’ve mentioned above. For instance, the distance of the shortcut, the duration it takes from one end to the other and of course, the imminent dangers.
- It gets pack like sardines and real busy during early mornings and peak hours
- Avoid this shortcut during night time due to the poor lighting
- If you’re a first-timer on a motorbike, do have plenty of practices prior to tackling this shortcut
- Always wear a helmet (duh)
- As tempting as it might be, avoid overtaking
- If you are not used to having a pillion, steer clear of using this shortcut
With all these in mind and well-taken note of, I’m guessing you’re ready to escape the ‘macet’ and be on your way to Seminyak in no time and be a Canggu expert. Or even blending in with the locals, effortlessly.
Safe travels y’all!