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Experience the Real Adventure in Sarangani

Overview

Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao. Its capital is Alabel and borders South Cotabato to the north and Davao del Sur to the east.

Sarangani is part of the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-Gen. Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN) development cluster, and is linked by paved roads to the international airport and world-class fish port of Gen. Santos City. Good roads and regular flights through Gen. Santos City allow the province easy access to Manila, Cebu, Davao City, as well as the rest of the Soccsksargen areas. Gen. Santos City’s airport has one of the country’s longest runways.

The province is situated as the country’s major gateway to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area. With its proximity to its regional counterparts, Sarangani is in a unique position to marshal its resources, entice tourists and investors, and compete in an international market under a borderless trade regime.

Strategically located at the southernmost tip of Mindanao, the province is protected by the resource-rich Sarangani Bay. Beyond this is the Celebes Sea, which is the province’s access to the rest of the world.

Bordered by over 230 km of unspoiled coastline, Sarangani offers more than 4,400 square kilometers of typhoon-free land and marine resources, largely untapped tourism potentials, and vast investment possibilities.

The province is divided into two parts, separated by the Sarangani Bay and General Santos City, and it used to be part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province in 1992.

From ancient finds to endangered wildlife, from the rugged coast to mythical caves, Sarangani has it all! Come and see for yourself… the anthropomorphic jars which have come to be known in world history as the Mulsim jars; a sanctuary of the largest bats in the world; a giant golden-crown flying foxes dangling the branches of forest trees during daytime.

The lush mountains of this province hold many nature’s wonderful creatures including the tarsier, the smallest monkey in the world and its predator, the Philippine eagle. From its bosom also flows the purest fresh water sources and a few daring adventures!

Plunge into Sarangani Bya’s underwater world! Experience that invigorating feeling while chancing upon dolphins, friendly whale sharks, marine turtles, lobsters, the endangered sea cow (dugong), and giant clams. Sarangani's enchanting shores and marine life bluster as it amasses to the tourism in the Philippines.

TOURST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

GUMASA BEACH

Location: Glan, Sarangani

Description: A long stretch of powdery white sand beaches with alluring beauty of paradise, bountiful fresh coconut fruits, and open grassland.

SOUTH POINT DIVE SPOTS

Location: 200 m from the highway of Maasim, Sarangani Province

Description: A dive site which is more than 200 ft deep and stretches to kilometers and kilometers of wall shores corals, Stingray, Manta, turtles, wrasses and schools of tuna and barracuda are just but a few of the beauties that can be enjoyed with while diving.

KAPATAN-LAGO DIVE SPOTS

Location: Glan, Sarangani

Description: A dive site just near the shorelines and beside an aquaculture farm for Sergeant fish.

NALUS FALLS

Location: Kiamba, Sarangani, less than a km from the highway

Description: Huge boulders of granite giving to a number of waterfalls, ideal for scrambling, bouldering and rappelling.

PINOL CAVE

Location: Brgy. Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani

Description: Formerly known as Ayub Cave, where a unique assemblage of archaeological find (human faces and figures in earthenware medium) that depicts Sarangani's cultural wealth was excavated in this cave in 1991.

BAT SANCTUARY

Location: Brgy. Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani

Description: Situates hundreds of thousands of giant golden crowned flying fox bats.

HISTORICAL

TAMPAT SHRINE

Location: Brgy. Tampat, Maasim, Sarangani

Description: Situates the majestic shrine of the subordinate ruling Sultanates of Maguindanao. The oldest tomb of this place dates back to the earlier years of our ancestors.

MAN-MADE

CAPITOL PARK

Location: Capitol Compound, Alabel

Description: Stands at the center of the 26-hectare lot dotted with other buildings that house practically all offices of line agencies of the government. It has a huge sports complex, an Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, and tourism village, among others.

ISLA PARILLA RESORT

Location: National Highway, Alabel

Description: The resort offers mouth-watering cuisines of Sergeant fish, Diana, or Pompano which are freshly taken from the fish pen. It is now an "AA" world-class resort, built within a man-made island just a kilometer away from the Capitol Park.

SARANGANI GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

Location: Pula-tana, Malungon, Sarangani

Description: A 9-hole club with complete amenities. The area is surrounded with mangoes, hardwood trees and miniature lakes.

CENTURY-OLD HOUSES

Location: Glan, Sarangani

Description: Rows of several ancestral houses built mostly in the early part of 1900s, with high balconies, canopies and walls of 'kalados' and concrete step boards leading to wide wooden staircases. Some of them bear stunning collections of precious antiques and oriental sets right in the living room.        

SOCIO-CULTURAL

KALON-BARAK SKYLINE

Location: Malungon, Sarangani

Description: The site of eco-cultural tourism approximately 750 ft above sea level. It is comparable to Tagaytay City, a viewing point of Mt. Apo, Mt. Matutum, Sarangani Bay and Davao Golf at one. It is known for its cold climate, the habitat of Sarangani tarsiers and holds 3 villages of B-laan tribe. It is the tribes' last stronghold during the Japanese occupation.

Accommodations

Here is a list of hotels that can be found in the province that offers a good service and accommodation.

  • East Asia Royale Hotel 

Location: National Highway, Lagao, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Dolores Farm Resort 

Location: Polomolok, City Heights, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre

Location: Mateo Road , Lagao, General Santos, Sarangani

  • M-Loft Hotel 

Location: Salvani Street, Block 8, City Heights, City Heights, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Tierra Montana Hotel 

Location: National Highway, City Heights, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Jul's Pension House 

Location: 4th Floor SCZ Building Hadano Street cor Makar Road, Labangal, General Santos. Sarangani

  • Sydney Hotel 

Location: Pendatun Avenue corner Pioneer Avenue, Dadiangas, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Dolores Hotel 

Location: Santiago Boulevard, Dadiangas, General Santos, Sarangani

  • Sarangani Highlands Hotel 

Location: Purok Wal, Tambler, Tambler, General Santos, Sarangani

Accessibility

Sarangani is accessible by plane via Manila-General Santos City or Cebu-Gensan. A 20-minute drive from the airport will bring you to Alabel, the capital town of the province. If embarking from Davao City, there are air conditioned buses as well as public utility vehicles which will take travelers to General Santos City within 3 hours. It will then be a 10-minute ride from the city center of General Santos to reach Sarangani Capitol.