On the third day of the Holy Week 2017 Holiday, I went to Glan again, but this time I was with my officemates. We were just into a lazy overnight at the beach thus we convoyed our way to Gumasa. Likewise, we stopped at the Tour Town Glan view deck and looked down into some sort of a sneak peak of what Gumasa was about. From the view deck, the perfect silhouette of Mt. Matutum can be seen and actually continued to be seen from a number of beaches in the area. In visiting Gumasa, you could hardly miss this view deck just beside the highway.
Coco Beach Resort
If you had wished to stay in a beautiful yet very affordable place in Gumasa, then the stretch of beaches which included Coco Beach would be a hot pick. But with the Holy Week season it was best to have secured reservations beforehand – which we didn’t. Nevertheless, with the right timing and good luck, couple member of the group who went ahead and secured a P600 cottage at Coco Beach. The cottage was good for 10 persons and it was their policy to charge P70 entrance fee for up to 10 persons and P90/head for the exceeding number of count.
The group was just for chill and the breeze; we had just that for the rest of the night.
Come morning, the beach was so inviting and calm. As expected, there were a number of beach goers who also were taking advantage of the holidays. Nevertheless, the beach was never crowded.
Coco Beach was nicely situated between long stretches of private beaches too – and you could walk by these beaches and check them out.
Rosal Beach Resort
Rosal Beach Resort was adjacent to Coco Beach and had comparatively similar aura. But that morning what really caught my attention was the people who were gathering to boats and vendors who were selling their catch. The vendors were selling different kinds of fishes and other seafood in relatively low prices per kilo and were actually open for more haggling. If you were into an interesting breakfast then you might want to check their catch out when you happened to visit. They came as early as 5AM most of the times.
Belmar Eco Park & Beach Resort
This resort was just minutes from Tour Town Glan view deck but we decided to visit this on our way home because one in the group swore for their Buko Halo-halo (P85). While waiting for our order we went down to their Eco Park which had an entrance fee of P15 for adult and P10 for children. The Eco Park had concrete human-sized dinosaurs and actual-sized flamingos and live caged animals. There was really nothing much to see. They had interesting water activities though which was worth checking out.
Then against the raging heat of the sun, we were on our way towards the city. There were some setbacks along the way like belongings being left in the Tour Town Glan view deck but there were honest people on the road and it was returned just fine.
PS: This long stretch of beaches is where some of the activities of Sarangani Bay Festival are held – and SarBay 2017 happens to be just around the corner.