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Sarangani: Taking Time Out at Gumasa White Beach

Gumasa White Beach

I can’t believe I thought about cheating this place. By definition of “cheating a place” is to roll in, run around, say I’ve been here and roll out through the great yonder. I must admit that there are instances I did that but stepping on the powdery white sand beach of Gumasa with my bare feet prevented me from putting on any shoes and sandals for a while. Gumasa is a place to stop, unwind and enjoy. And that’s just what we gladly did.

Quiet dusk at Gumasa Beach Sarangani
Quiet dusk at Gumasa Beach Sarangani

I can’t believe I thought about cheating this place. By definition of “cheating a place” is to roll in, run around, say I’ve been here and roll out through the great yonder. I must admit that there are instances I did that but stepping on the powdery white sand beach of Gumasa with my bare feet prevented me from putting on any shoes and sandals for a while. Gumasa is a place to stop, unwind and enjoy. And that’s just what we gladly did.


A day in Gumasa Sarangani Video

Coming from a 2 hour drive from Lake Sebu to General Santos, we took a late lunch at KCC Mall and went to the terminal heading to Glan, Sarangani. We asked around and found the van terminals. The regular fare per person going to Glan is P70 but the group decided to take the whole van for convenience. The driver even agreed to take us straight to Gumasa. We took his number and as he offered to take us back to General Santos when we’re ready. It’s always nice to befriend your drivers.

Coco Beach Resort beach front
Coco Beach Resort beach front morning and open cottages

Sarangani is the southernmost province of the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos) region. Sarangani Bay slices the province in two sections, left and right of the bay. It has 7 municipalities one of which is Glan. Each municipality boasting several attractions like the white beaches in Glan, Maasim’s beautiful mangrove beach, Kiamba’s Snorkeling and Dive Sites, Maitum’s River Tubbing and Museum and the indigenous B’laan at Malapatan.

Coco Beach Adobo
Simply delicious adobo breakfast from Coco Beach

It took only at least an hour to reach Gumasa. As to the suggestions of friends and bloggers like Allan Lantaw and Avel of Gensantos.com, we went to the beach stretch where resorts Rosal Resort and Coco Beach can be found. They said they have the best stretch of white powdery sand and very good swimming spot in Gumasa. They were right spot on. We immediately fell in love with the beach that the thought of going to other places in Sarangani was put on hold.

A shipwreck at Gumasa Shores
A shipwreck at Gumasa Shores

Coco Beach took us in after finding the nearby Rosal Resort fully booked. While the resort is still under development some of the rooms are ready to use. We got the Big Green Room for 3500 a night, an airconditioned room that has 6 beds but can fit about 8 persons inside. The owners and staff there were friendly and accommodating. They helped us find a meal for the first night, drove us with their pickup for a detour around Glan and they cook a mean adobo for breakfast.

Beautiful stretch of powder-white sand beach of Gumasa
Beautiful stretch of powder-white sand beach of Gumasa

Our time spent in Gumasa was more about fun and relaxation, from morning bare foot walks from end to end of the powder sand beach, taking photos, afternoon volleyball, swimming, sleeping and observing the local community pass by like kids heading off to school or a father, his dog and family sail to the sea. It’s a slow paced life here and we joined the flow.

Now this is how vacations should be, relaxed, fun and in great company. Gumasa slowed down our gears and gave us a good time.

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