I often hear from my traveler friends that Gumasa beach is worth a visit as it is a bit of a Boracay copycat. The only way to find out is to have a look at the beach myself. It’s the perfect excuse to travel. 😉 Oh well, my Bestie yearns for the white sand and salty waters (after her eternal Dubai confinement), thus, off we went to Gumasa.
Gumasa Beach or allegedly known as little Boracay does not literally mean a single resort. It’s a long stretch of white sand beach with various resorts. It is geographically located in Glan, a municipality of Sarangani, which is a province in Mindanao. This is sort of a continuation from my Koronadal trip as my starting point to get to Glan is General Santos or GenSan.
Now, how to get there? From GenSan, grab a trike ride to bring you to Glan’s terminal for 6php only. Simply let the driver know where you’re heading to. You can always tell that you’re in the right station with the presence of two big malls, Veranza Mall on the side and KCC Mall in front.
You hop into the van for Glan for only 90php. Well, that rhymes. 😀 The vehicle leaves as soon as it is full.🚌 You might get lucky you’ll get a van with an almost non-working a/c, sandwiched by two passengers for an hour ride. Haha! But yes, you can choose your ride if you have ample time in your hands.
“Touchdown” to Gumasa will give you this station view.
Make arrangements from any of the buzzing tricycles to take you to your preferred resort and back. One way fare is 60php but to head back to the station is 100php.
Bestie and I endured a 15-20mins of a bit of a roller coaster ride to get to Isla Jardin del Mar, our chosen resort. You’ll know what I meant with roller coaster ride when you get there. 😛 The route was teeming with coconut trees that’s just so calming and I can’t help but wonder in awe at the beautiful beach on my other side. From afar, the water simply sparkled at the smiling sun, along with the glittering sand. I’ve already set my hopes up. 🌞🌊🌴
Isla Jardin looks inviting from the outside. It has this tropical-ish theme mix with “Mindanao” look that exudes a vacay mood.
Cottage fee is 500php and overnighter rooms are also available.
Amenities such as table tennis, kids’s playground, restaurant (far right), and function hall (not in the pic) for seminars and meetings are ready for use.
When we arrived, we were greeted by this. Ecstatic us. 😀
We decided to have brunch first to pump us up for a good swim. We fed ourselves with this flavorful fish panga (jaw) for 175php only.
But afterwards, the sandy beach turned into a stony shore.😮
Apparently, we can no longer swim as we didn’t have our aqua shoes on. I was about to try until one guest, who just got off from a banana boat ride, passed us by with a bloody knee. Frustrated, we texted our trike driver to pick us up and bring us to White Haven, the resort I spotted along the road. We were desperate to have our salty swim share. 🏊
Instead, our good Samaritan driver suggested to take us to a public beach just beside White Haven. In order to use White Haven’s amenities, including the beach, we need to pay for the cottage and entrance fees. Since we were after the beach only (plus, we were trying to save), we agreed to check the public beach out. And voila! BIG grin for us 😀
This was just WOW! Such a sandy heaven for a public beach. To compare this with Boracay though, I’d say Boracay has more powdery sand and more crystal-like clear waters. Now, that’s settled. 🙂
We had to unleash our “girl scout” powers when we wrapped up to leave as there were no restrooms. Ah yes, reminding myself it was a public beach. 😀 Sarong was our hero.
Have you been to any of the beaches in Gumasa? How was it? 🙂