Bask on white-sand beaches and explore pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life in Sarangani. The province is set on the southern tip of the Philippine archipelago and combines beautiful scenery with a rich cultural heritage. Get your pulse racing with activities like white water tubing and learn about traditional arts and crafts like weaving and pottery.
Things to do in Sarangani
Strap on scuba gear and explore some of the country’s top dive sites in Sarangani Bay. Rainbow-coloured coral gardens support a vibrant underwater ecosystem. The shallow waters of Tuka Marine Park are home to sea turtles and parrotfish, while Rocky Beach is ideal for beginners and will enchant you with its colourful sea fans. Advanced divers head to Maasim Reef to swim with white-tipped reef sharks.
The lively town of Glan is a gateway to Sarangani. Stroll around the historic centre and admire colonial-era buildings. There are some great restaurants here, where you can try local specialties like grilled tuna. You’ll also see dishes like nasi goreng and chicken satay, a reflection of the town’s Indonesian population.
Long sandy beaches and thick mangrove forests fringe the Sarangani coastline. The province boasts some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Crescent-shaped Gumasa Beach features a six-kilometre stretch of powder-soft white sand. Coconut palms dot the beach and add to the postcard-perfect setting.
Climb into an inflatable tube and bounce along rapids on the Pangi River. Depending on the season and intensity of the rapids, the experience can be relaxing or exhilarating. Paragliding is another adrenaline-fuelled activity offered in Sarangani. From the sky, you’ll unlock dizzying views over Sarangani Bay.
Learn about the centuries-old art of weaving at the Balungis Weaving Centre. Run by local women, the centre exports “malong” cloth to countries around the world. You’ll be captivated by the vibrant colours and striking patterns. Purchase handmade bags, purses and scarves from the gift shop.
Getting around Sarangani
Local buses connect General Santos City with towns and villages in Sarangani. Shared “jeepney” minibuses are a fast and affordable way to get around Sarangani. General Santos International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.