Tired of the crowded beaches every summer? Weary of the long hassles of poring througha long list of beach resorts? Fancying an uncommon vacation getaway? Look no further than the white sand beaches of Glan, Sarangani.
A few weeks ago, my friends and I had the rare chance of spending a weekend in one of the beaches in Glan, Sarangani. There were some secluded vacation spots here and there, but we chose a place where there were no establishments. We set up camp near a small and sparsely populated fishing village, since one of my friends has some friends there.
Green vegetation surrounded us. Coconuts, trees, shrubs, unique flowers never before seen all added to the beauty of the place. White sand beach riddled with rocky hills were in both sides of our camp. The waves were gently washing up on the shore while the cool sea breeze whirled around us. Best part of all is the beautiful Sarangani Bay would always display a magnificent sunset. Unlike those beach vacations spots frequented by most people, our spot in Glan was without tourists. That only added to the mystery and “exclusive” feel of the place.
If you want to go to a lovely, quiet place, I recommend going a trip down south. But if you’re not familiar with the place, you should definitely try checking in to one of the resorts. There are some resort scattered along the long, jagged coastlines of Glan. However, these resorts don’t have much tourists anyway, so you can still enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Glan, Sarangani.
From General Santos City, take a van going to Sarangani (near KCC Mall) then from Sarangani, take a motorcycle going to Glan. You may want to go shopping for basic items in Sarangani or in General Santos City, since Glan is still a bit undeveloped.
It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with finishing yearbook layouts and teaching at university. Finally, school is out and summer is here. What better way to welcome the summer season than diving into the deep blue? And that’s exactly what I did. Literally.
My friends and I decided to go scuba diving around Davao Gulf. Since all of us were inexperienced, we took the “Diving 101″ course from the Carabao Dive Center, located at the Sta. Ana wharf. This only cost us P750 inclusive of the diving equipment, fee for the instructor and boat fare. Plus photo and video coverage of your diving experience. Neat deal. The diving instructors oriented us about the basic techniques of scuba diving, safety precautions, how to operate the oxygen tanks and of course, hand signals since you can’t talk underwater. Each person was assigned one instructor, and they will let you dive a depth of 30-50 feet(depending on the underwater terrain) for about half an hour. So we dove, saw strange and beautiful corals, colorful fishes and had a great time.
If you are looking for some fun under the sea, Davao can offer some great dive spots to enjoy. There are several dive sites in the Davao Gulf, which are only 45 minutes to 120 minutes away from the city proper. You can choose from the following dive spots: Ligid Islad, Aundanao, Tagbobo, Pangubatan, Mushroom Rock, Paet Point, Coral Garden, Isla Reta, Talisay Wall, Angel’s Cave, Mansud Wall, Malipano Island, Pearl Farm, Punta del Sol, and Paradise Island.