2018 GUMASA BEACH TRAVEL GUIDE | LIST OF RESORTS, HOW TO GET THERE
The author at Gumasa Beach
GUMASA: “Boracay of the South” or Just a Lovely Seashore Unique on Its Own?
When you have already discovered something that is the perfect example of “beauty,” you know there will not be anything else to match it with.
For the many people who had the chance to visit the country’s many tourist sites, the idea is probably reminiscent of a few places, including probably, Boracay.
So, okay, the idea of Boracay’s flawlessness may be subjective to a person and his overall experience about the place but, as far as describing a shoreline goes, this particular beach certainly is endowed with great features—pristine waters endemic to its region, fine powdery white sands, and a tropical setting, all framed by a picturesque backdrop.
The overall setting simply appeals to any person’s senses, it is hardly surprising to see Boracay as among the country’s top tourist destination.
In fact, it is and it is also oftentimes dense and wild as a result.
But on the opposite side of spectrum, as the number of the people that flock the place increments and the wild nature of the events—like night time parties—have become common, Boracay may not be for everybody, especially if you are the type who finds comfort in a less crowded and more tranquil place.
For the less social or the introverted, Boracay simply is certainly not the go-to place as they would easily feel isolated in a crowd that is in the place for one and one thing only: have fun.
L-R: Jonalier Mana-ay Perez, Corporate Secretary – Director at Mindanao Tourism Council; yours truly; Lodar Dagoy Escobillo, Tourism Officer of Glan Sarangani, and Aljean Antonio
SERENE HAVEN DOWN SOUTH
But why follow the beaten track and force yourself in an environment that only obstructs your peace rather than maintain it, especially when there is a place further south which give such privilege?
Somewhere in Sarangani in Mindanao, there lies a place so calm and mostly vacant, any person who would dare visit it would feel like he owned the place for himself—Gumasa beach in Glan.
Sharing some similarities to Boracay but only less flocked by party individuals, Gumasa beach boasts its own white sands and crystal-clear waters that locals affectionately refer to it as the “Boracay of the South.”
In fact, stripping Boracay of its modernization and the prominence it enjoys among locals and tourists, it is almost exactly synonymous to what Gumasa beach is: slow-paced, quiet for the most part, and mildly touched by human engineering.
While “fun” may not be Gumasa beach’s selling point, there is something about its peace and quiet that makes it appealing to certain individuals—Commonly, among persons or families who wanted a bit of exclusivity.
But do not mistake this kind of tranquility as a license to be gloom, however. Gumasa beach may not possess the same vibrancy as Boracay would at its wildest during the night, but its open space is an always open embrace whose secrets are waiting only to be discovered by those who dare traverse it, nothing too uncanny.
The blogger doing some interviews with the tourism officer of Glan, Sarangani
HOW TO GET GUMASA BEACH, GLAN, SARANGANI
General Santos City Airport is the nearest gateway to Gumasa. However, you can also get to Gumasa from Davao City.
From Davao Airport
From Davao International Airport, take a taxi to Ecoland Bus Terminal.
At the terminal, take a bus bound for General Santos City. Travel time would be around 3-4 hours. The fare is around Php250. Just tell the conductor to drop you off at Gaisano Mall and from there you can walk to KCC Mall wherein the vans bound for Gumasa can be found.
From General Santos Airport
From the airport, just ride a taxi or van going to KCC Mall.
Right beside the KCC Mall, you will find the terminal going to Gumasa is. You can take a van bound to Glan for Php100 with more than an hour travel time. Ask the van to drop you off at Alegado Terminal at Glan.
From Alegado terminal, take a tricycle going to Gumasa for around P 100. Travel time would be around 20 minutes.
Transportation going back is a bit scarce, so it would be best to book the tricycle for your return trip to Glan.
LIST OF RESORTS IN GUMASA
Coco Beach Resort
Contact Nos: (083) 893 0324 | (0919) 533 0408 | (0921) 770 8474 | (0927) 823 7780
FB Page: Coco Beach
Isla Jardin del Mar Beach Resort
Contact Nos: 09172536105 | (083) 8930032 | 0917 677 8177
FB Page: Isla Jardin Del Mar
Rosal Beach Resort
Contact Nos: (083) 552 2888 | (083) 826 9247 | (0920) 204 9038 | (0928) 937 3488
White Haven Beach Resort
Contact Nos: (083) 895 0305 | (0920) 947 9148
FB Page: White Haven Beach Resort
Morales Siete Estrella Beach Resort
Contact No: (0910) 158 5579
Crystal Island Family Resort
Contact No: (0995) 376 1349
Davak Ridge Beach Resort
Contact No: (0909) 810 8435
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