Information about Gumasa Beach
Gumasa Beach is located at Glan, Sarangani province, just about an hour's drive away from General Santos City. Gumasa boasts of a six-kilometer white beach on a crescent-shaped cove on the eastern shore of Sarangani, facing the Celebes Sea. Because of its fine, powdery sand reminiscent of Boracay’s White Beach, it has earned the name “Small Boracay of Mindanao” by the locals and travelers alike.
However, most visitors point out that it is like Boracay from 20 years ago, before it became the highly-commercialized party island it is known today. Gumasa Beach still remains relatively quiet compared to the other beach destinations in the country, which pack crowds of tourists. It is regarded to be a perfect spot for just chilling out on the beach and enjoying its rustic, laid-back vibe.
Gumasa also has secluded pockets of beaches, coves, and spots that are also considered good for diving, snorkeling, and other beach activities like beach volleyball, frisbee, and kayaking.
This quiet beach comes alive during the summer, though, as it is the main venue of the annual Sarangani Bay or SarBay Festival, considered to be the biggest beach party in Mindanao. The summer festival, usually held during the month of May, draws in a huge crowd of locals and tourists to enjoy music concerts, sports activities, parties, and other competitions.
How to get there
Once in General Santos City, ride a jeepney to KCC Mall. Then, at the mall’s van terminal, ride a van bound for Gumasa.
Best time to visit
This is an all-year-round destination best visited during the annual SarBay Festival or generally during summer.