|Good Morning from Gumasa Beach|
The trip from Lake Sebu required me to take five jeepney and van transfers and the trip itself took more than five hours. I was hoping to catch the glorious sunset along the shoreline of Gumasa Beach but I did not expect that the trip from GenSan would require more than one hour, so even though I was not able to take a picture, I was still able to see the sun setting with a more dramatic background of the clouds rolling in and a more wider view of the ocean while traveling along the scenic coastal highway to Glan.
|not exactly a wonderful picture of a sunset but this would do|
Getting off at the terminal, I was approached by a number of habal habal and trike drivers, all offering a fare of 100 pesos to the beachfront, I read from some blogs that it should only be 60, I tried to haggle but to no avail. I am guessing that this place must be quite popular then. Since it was already getting dark and I haven't contacted any place to stay the night, I just took the bait even though I thought it was a bit overpriced. As soon as I arrived, I looked for a cheap rooms to serve as my roof for the night, but as expected, most of the rates were from 1,500-3,000 pesos. Folks from Isla del Jardin had very friendly staff and referred me to White Haven. I would have stayed at Isla del Jardin if I were with a group. White Haven had a backpacker's room that only had very basic facilities: one bed, one fan, shared bathroom, that's it. No Wi-FI signal, can you believe it? I had free breakfast though but that was it. I paid 750 for one night stay but I didn't feel like I got my money's worth. Would have been better If I only had a hammock or tent. I settled for the night and decided to explore the beach early next day.
|My bare room at White Haven Beach Resort|
I woke up around 5:30AM feeling revitalized. There were already a number of tourists swimming in the cold waters of Gumasa Beach. I did the same, but swimming alone was not too much fun. I realized then that you really need friends or family to enjoy this type of activity. Anyway, I just decided to walk around and see if there was something that would pique my interest.
|Moon at 5:30 in the morning and the calm turquoise waters of Gumasa|
|Can't help but imagine myself shooting a music video. hahaha. The things you think about when traveling solo.|
After some time, some people approached and chatted with me, turns out they are teachers who came all the way from North Cotabato to see this well-known beach. The conversation mainly went around as to why I was alone traveling in Mindanao! They were quite amazed and also worried for me as I am a woman traveling in a place I am not very familiar with.
They needed to leave early though so I was left alone again to walk along the 7-kilometer vast shore of Gumasa. I had enough time to think about the trip and what I really want to do with my life (naks, emo lang). Solo travel has its ways to push you to internalize, ponder about life and have intimate conversations with yourself. I also had more time to appreciate the beautiful scenery before my eyes and thank God that I was born in such a wonderful country.
|Look! Fine SAND at Gumasa!|
|Don't you wish you can have this view everyday?!|
Though it is not one of the best beaches I've been to, it was enough to let me escape and drift away before I go back to the busy city of Manila. I'd say this was the perfect conclusion to my eight-day trip to Mindanao.
|Lovely Mindanao, I hope to come back soon!|
How to reach Glan and Gumasa Beach:
From General Santos City, there are vans that can take you directly to the town of Glan, Saranggani. The terminal is located at KCC Mall and travel time can be around 1-1.5 hour. The last stop of the van will be Glan terminal and from there, you can take a tricycle or habal-habal to take you to any resort along Gumasa Beach.
More of Mindanao here