Have you found a place where you can just unplug from the digital world?
These days, we usually find it difficult to unplug ourselves from social media. We spend hours in front of the computer at work, and we spend even more hours on social media after. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are all so addicting. Admittedly, I am hooked on these as well. While social media may be a great way to connect with people who are far away from us, it tends to create a distance between us and the people around us, and even disconnect us from the real world. As we become too consumed by technology, we often forget that there so many other things that we can spend our free time on.
When I travel, I try to avoid using my phone as much as possible when I’m out. But by the time I go back to my room, the first thing I do is whip out my phone and open my favorite social media apps. It’s almost like a default action. However, this time, it was different. All thanks to zero reception!
Recently, we made a sort of spontaneous trip down south of Cebu, specifically in San Fernando. The boyfriend told me about Bacalla Woods Campsite some time ago and since we didn’t really have other plans during our day off, we decided to check it out. We decided only on the day before, and because of that, we didn’t really have any specific plans on what to do. When we got there, we wandered a little bit, rented a couple of hammocks, and just slept.
It might look like a simple cabin, but when you go up and check the view at the back, you’ll be in awe.
I swear, I could stare at this for an entire day.
Hammocks and happiness.
The campsite is very simple, so don’t expect anything fancy. However, no matter how simple it is, it definitely does not discount the rejuvenated feeling you get after spending a day away from everything.
Although we were only able to sleep in our hammocks for a good one hour (because I got hungry), I think it was one of the best naps I’ve had so far. The chirping of birds and the sounds of nature (and occasionally the sound of passing motorcycles as well), put me to a pleasant sleep. And because there was zero phone and internet reception, we were able to really disconnect and live in the moment.
Since we weren’t able to bring food, we had to get out of the campsite during lunch time. The guys at Bacalla Woods told us that there’s a store a few meters away from the camp and we could have our lunch there. The store doesn’t look like a store from outside though. It’s just a house and you won’t see what they’re selling unless you go inside. (see photo above)
It only requires a short hike to reach this place. For our lunch, we opted for noodles with egg and some bread.
We went back to the camp afterwards, with a plan to sleep some more. However, when we got there, we were invited by the people from the camp to go trekking in a hidden waterfall that they’ve just recently discovered. So, we went with them. I’ll be blogging about it next, so stay tuned!
After our waterfall adventure, we went back to the campsite to rest, but then we got tempted to play around. Ha ha. All in all, it was such a nice experience for us, not only because we were able to take part in some sort of nature exploration, but also because the people from Bacalla Woods were very hospitable and fun to be with. We’re definitely going back!
- They have a menu, but I think you can only avail of these if you booked your trip ahead with them. (You may ask them about this, just to be sure.)
- If you are going there without a booking, just like we did, it would be best to bring your own food and water.
- You can cook your own food in the camp as well. Just bring your own ingredients and cooking ware.
- If you are planning to stay overnight, don’t forget to pack your insect repellent creams.
See photo below for the list of things offered by Bacalla Woods:
How to Get There
Bacalla Woods Campsite is located in Libo, Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu, Philippines. You can’t find it in Google Maps because it’s new.
From South Bus Terminal, ride any Ceres bus that will pass San Fernando. Tell the konduktor to drop you off at the jump-off point (Ilaya-San Isidro Road) going to Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort. From there, you would have to ride a habal-habal to reach your destination. Just tell the driver that you’re going to Bacalla Woods.
By Private Vehicle
You can opt for the SRP route, instead of the usual bus route, to get to your destination faster. As you reach the jumpoff point (mentioned above), turn right and simply follow the Ilaya-San Isidro Road. Since you can’t find Bacalla Woods in the map yet, I’ve embedded a map that has the directions going to Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort. Bacalla Woods is just around the area. Simply follow the asphalt road and you’ll get there. Don’t worry about getting lost-we did… twice! lol Don’t be afraid to ask around.
For more information, please contact Bacalla Woods Campsite through these following channels:
Mobile: +63 923 825 6945
Where do you go to unplug? Tell me all about it. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment! 🙂
Just a girl in her late twenties trying to find her way through life. She loves to write, eat, take photos, and freedive. She used to travel a lot and hopes she could do that again when this global pandemic is over.