Gumasa Beach is located at Glan, Sarangani province, just about an hour drive away from General Santos City. Gumasa boasts of a six-kilometer white beach on a crescent-shaped cove in 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 tourists alike.
Blessed with a beautiful palm-fringed shore made up of immaculately white sand and crystal-clear blue waters, Gumasa has been compared to the country’s top beach destination Boracay Island. However, most visitors point out that it is like Boracay from 20 years ago, before it became a 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, laidback 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.
Local government and organizers of the said event have become committed to making SarBay Festival an environment-friendly and sustainable tourism activity where the fun parties are complemented by coastal clean-ups, waste segregation regulations, and interactive camps focusing on sustainability and environmental protection all throughout the festival duration.