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Cebu to Bacalla Woods Campsite: Complete Travel Guide

This is a quick travel guide on how to get to the Bacalla Woods Campsite in San Fernando. Our group decided to spend a night at the place and for most of us, it was our first time there. So for those who haven’t been to the campsite yet, I hope that you find this guide and my directions useful. The trip will include a bus ride followed by a motorcycle ride.

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Things you should know before you travel to the Bacalla Woods Campsite:

  • There is no cellular signal
  • Bring power banks (although there are power outlets in the area)
  • Bring sleeping bags if you can as the ground where the tents are set up can be rocky
  • There is very little wind so bring pay-pays if you can
  • Bring mosquito repellents
  • Bring lighters or matches if you want to have a bonfire
  • There are comfort rooms and a working faucet

Cebu City South Bus Terminal

Inside the Cebu South Bus Terminal
Inside the Cebu South Bus Terminal

To get to Bacalla (pronounced as “ba-kal-ya”), you have to first get to the town of San Fernando where the campsite is located, and the best way to get there is by bus. You can find the buses at the Cebu South bus terminal. If you don’t know where the terminal is, it’s near Elizabeth Mall or EMall. Jeepneys that pass by EMall are those with the 01K tag.

Once you get to the bus terminal, look for the buses that are bound for Oslob or Bato. The municipality of San Fernando is just along the way. Ask help from the staff where the buses are. The buses are either air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned depending on what’s available.

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Bus Schedule

There’s no specific time when the buses will leave as they only usually depart once they’re full. There are a lot of buses.

Bus Fare

Cebu to San Fernando bus ticket
Cebu to San Fernando bus ticket

The bus fare to San Fernando depends on the type of bus if it’s air-conditioned or not. We rode an air-conditioned bus and the ticket cost us ₱60.00 each. The conductor will issue the tickets inside the bus after it leaves the terminal. Make sure to tell him to drop you off at ‘Eskina Ilaya’ (pronounced as “e-la-ya”) in San Fernando. It’s a street corner which leads to the Bacalla campsite.

Traveling to San Fernando

Inside the bus from Cebu to San Fernando
Inside the bus from Cebu to San Fernando

The travel time from Cebu City to San Fernando is more or less an hour depending on the traffic conditions. We traveled on an afternoon when the CSCR road was beaming with cars so it took us over an hour to reach San Fernando.

Eskina IIaya

Posing at Eskina Ilaya
Posing at Eskina Ilaya

The Bacalla Woods Campsite is around 5 kilometers away from Eskina Ilaya. If you can’t find Eskina Ilaya on Google Maps, it’s the corner before “Athan Vulcanizing and Car Wash”. When you’ve arrived at the street corner, there will be motorcycle drivers there who will ask you where you’re headed.

Tell them you’re going to Bacalla and they will offer their services to get you there.

Google Maps Eskina Ilaya
Google Maps Eskina Ilaya

Motorcycle ride to Bacalla Woods Campsite

The motorcycle fare from Eskina Ilaya to Bacalla is ₱90.00 each. The travel time will take around 20 minutes for the 5-6 kilometer trip. If you’re traveling on a private car, there are some sharp turns and the roads are narrow so be careful when driving.

Before you arrive at the campsite, you can make arrangements with your motorcycle driver to pick you up tomorrow if you know when you’re going back.

Bacalla Woods Campsite

Bacalla Woods Campsite
Bacalla Woods Campsite

And that’s it, you’ve arrived at the Bacalla Woods Campsite. The ones in charge of the place are usually at the house near the entrance. They will guide you where you’re designated tent or hut is.

Although the trip was memorable, we were disappointed that the tent was a bit dirty and the electrical wiring to the light bulb was not fixed. We had to rely heavily on our phones’ flashlights. But aside from that, it was a fun experience.

Campfire toast at the Bacalla Woods Campsite
Campfire toast at the Bacalla Woods Campsite

Cebu City to Bacalla Woods Campsite Trip Overview

  • Head to the Cebu South Bus Terminal and ride the bus to San Fernando
  • Aircon bus fare is ₱60.00 each depending on the bus
  • Disembark at Eskina Ilaya
  • Ride a motorcycle to the Bacalla Woods Campsite
  • Motorcycle fare is ₱90.00 per person
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