Beaches/ Islands

Gumasa Beach as the “Small Boracay of Mindanao”

Roughly 1.5 hours ang layo mula sa General Santos City ay matatagpuan ang Glan, ang Summer Capital of Sarangani Province. The laid-back town on Sarangani’s eastern shore ay pinagpala ng magagandang mga beach, ang pinakatanyag na matatagpuan sa Gumasa, where a six-kilometer powdery white sand beach stretches the length of a crescent-shaped cove.

Sa loob ng maraming taon, tinukoy ng mga lokas ang Gumasa Beach bilang ‘ Small Boracay of Mindanao or Boracay of South’ dahil sa kalidad ng buhangin, kristal na malinaw na tubig at uncrowded shores reminiscent of the famous party island 20 years ago.

Ngunit ang Gumasa Beach ay may sariling natatanging kagandahan na hindi nangangailangan ng paghahambing.

Tuwing tag-araw, ang Gumasa Beach ay nabubuhay kasama ang mga partygoer na dumidirek dito para sa taunang Sarangani Bay o Sarbay Festival, ang pinakamalaking pinakamalaking beach party sa Mindanao. Ngayon sa ika-11 taon nito, ang pagdiriwang ng tag-init ay nagho-host ng mga kumpetisyon sa palakasan, gabi-gabi na partido, konsiyerto, mga aktibidad sa beach, pati na rin mga programa sa kapaligiran tulad ng pag-aani ng bakawan at paglilinis ng baybayin

The local tourism aims to focus future efforts om more sustainable community-based cultural activities as well as explore hiking and mountain destination sa iba pangmga nayon sa lupain upang madagdagan ang pagguhit ng kanilang natural na magagandang baybayin.

 

How to get there:

The nearest airport to Gumasa Beach is in General Santos City which has direct flights coming to and from Manila, Cebu and Iloilo. You can also get here via land travel from Davao City which offers cheaper flights.

 

From General Santos Airport:
  • From the airport, ride a taxi or van going to KCC Mall, which is right beside the terminal going to Gumasa. Taxis charge anywhere from P350 to P400 while shuttle vans cost about P150 per passenger. Travel time is about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Take a van bound to Glan and ask the driver to drop you off at Alegado Terminal at Glan. Van fare is P100 per person. Travel time is about 1 hour.
  • From Alegado terminal, take a tricycle going to Gumasa Beach. Fare is P40 per passenger. Travel is about 15-20 minutes.
  • Public transportation going back is a bit scarce, so you will want to make arrangements with the tricycle driver for the return trip to the Glan town proper.

 

From Davao Airport
  • From Davao International Airport, take a taxi to Ecoland Bus Terminal.
  • Ride a bus bound for General Santos City. Fare is around P250 and travel time is around 3 to 4 hours.
  • Get off at Gaisano Mall in General Santos City and walk to the terminal beside KCC Mall where vans bound for Gumasa can be found.
  • Follow the instructions above to get to Gumasa Beach.

 

 

What to do:

Ipinagmamalaki ng Gumasa ang mga nakamamanghang beach na perpekto para sa paglalangoy, with diving at snorkelling spots na malayo sa baybayin.  Ang pinakasikat na sports at aktibidad ay kinabibilangan ng beach volleyball at beach frisbee. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or bring a hammock or beach mat and just laze about by the beach all day. Looking for tours that include flights or special flight offers? We’re waiting for you here at Mabuhay Travel the leading Filipino Travel Agent in the UK.

 

Maraming Salamat Po.

 

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Jocelyn@MabuhayTravel

Ako ay palakaibigan at masipag na tao, marunong makisama sa kapwa . mahilig akong mag basa at mag sulat. Gusto kong makapamasyal sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Pilipinas, para mas maibahagi ko sa inyo ang aking karanasan sa paglalakabay.

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