Imagine you’re on the beach idly sitting in a lazy chair sipping a chilled watermelon shake while listening to your favourite Café Del Mar music on your iPod. The sun is up scorching but you couldn’t care less. You are just there on the beach sitting at that chair disconnecting yourself from the fast-paced urban life and letting yourself drown to the unhurried pleasures of island time.
This is the kind of state that the pristine beach paradise called Gumasa takes you. Christened as the “Boracay of the SoCCSKSargen Region”, Gumasa offers a variety of fine white sand beaches where you can escape into a world surrounded by lush foliage and tranquil emerald waters bathed by golden sunsets at dusk.
Gumasa is the priced beach jewel of Glan, Sarangani Province. It is nestled amidst the turquoise waters of the Sarangani Bay with long stretch of powdery white sands beaches and coves favourite among locals and foreign tourists.
Gumasa boasts of beaches that are not only perfect for swimming but also for diving and snorkelling. Beach sports and activities are popular here – beach volleyball, beach Frisbee, kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports. What’s even better is that beach resorts and public beaches are located just a couple of minutes away from the town proper Poblacion.
In Gumasa, accommodation is not a problem. You can camp out by the shore or rent a room in one of the many resorts dotting the waterfront. There are many good beach houses and resorts to choose from – from the cheapest to more poshy ones. One of the best places to stay is Isla Jardin Del Mar, the newest addition to the must visit resorts in Gumasa.
After engaging yourself all day beach bumming or suntanning, you can settle down and lounge by the seashore and gaze at the glorious sunset setting at waters of Sarangani Bay. It is the perfect thing to do to end the day in Gumasa.
Gumasa Beach is fast becoming a popular beach destination in Mindanao. In fact, the famed Sarangani Bay Festival, the biggest beach festival in Mindanao is held every summer at this once-a-quaint-beach. This year, Sarangani Bay Festival will be staged on the same shores on May 24 and 25 and expected to draw thousands of beach enthusiasts around the region. If you are just in the area, never miss this chance to be part of this annual beach event.
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SO WHY CHOOSE GUMASA? It’s a place you’d like to call home during summer!
HOW TO GET THERE: Glan, Sarangani Province is just 45 minute away from General Santos City, the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. From General Santos City, take a VAN that will bring you to Glan’s Poblacion. From there take a habal-habal to bring you to Barangay Gumasa where these finest beaches await for you. Enjoy!