Sarangani is the southermost province in the mainland of Mindanao. The province is part of a coastal zone known as SOCCSKARGEN which also includes South Cotabato, Cotabato Province, Sultan Kudarat and General Santos. A 145 km. world-class road network connects the seven municipalities of Sarangani to General Santos City.
The major industries of Sarangani include fishery, aquaculture, agriculture plantations and tourism. An international airport in the nearby General Santos City allows tourists from big cities like Manila and Cebu to reach the province easily.
Sarangani is home to the Philippine’s famous pound-for-pound boxer, Manny Pacquiao. He, without any doubt, has a lot to be credited for making Sarangani known in the country & the world.
However, Sarangani itself has numerous tourist attractions. Local and foreign tourists have a lot to say about their travel experience in Sarangani.
The Guimasa Beach in Gian, Sarangani has a long stretch of powder white sand coastline. The beach is considered a paradise with its abundant fresh coconuts and an open grassland.
The South Point dive spots are the most popular diving sites in Sarangani province. It is just 200 meters from the Maasim highway. The diving area is more than 200-feet deep and is a long stretch of clear waters where wall shores corals, turtles, stingrays, mantas and schools of tunas and barracudas can be seen.
Another amazing diving spot is the Kapatan-Lago dive spot. This diving spot is also located in Gian beside an aquaculture farm for sergeant fishes.
Waterfalls, Caves & Bat Sanctuary
The Nalus Falls in Kiamba, Sarangani has huge boulders of granite and numerous water falls perfect for scrambling, bouldering and rappeling.
The Pinol Cave formerly the Ayub cave in Maitum Sarangani boasts of a variety of archaeological finds including earthenwares with human faces and figures.
The Bat Sanctuary also in Maitum has hundreds of thousands of giant gold-crowned flying fox bats.
Century old houses line up a portion of Gian. The ancestral houses include stunning collections of high value antiques and oriental goods.
The Kalon-Barak skyline is located in Malungon. The place with a cold climate is an eco-cultural tourism site about 750 feet above sea level and serves as a viewing point of Mt. Apo which is the tallest mountain in the Philippines. This place is also the habitat of the B-laan tribe and home of the Sarangani tarsier.
Sarangani Bay Festival
The Sarangani Bay festival is considered the wettest, wildest and most awaited beach party in Mindanao. The festival happens yearly on the fourth week of May to bring more tourists into the province.
The festival has no religious attachments or ancestral beginnings and is purely a beach party. The outdoor event features different activities such as beach sports, boat race, skim boarding.
Other activities during the festival are a cheer dancing contest, amazing bike rides and a bikini open contest. The summer night beach party is the highlight of the event.
The province of Sarangani is famous for its tuna industry. This is because the Sarangani Bay is considered one of the country’s richest body of water.
Visitors can enjoy freshly caught tuna all day long. The tuna is prepared in their trademark Mindanaoan sutukil combo which includes grilled tuna, souped tuna and vinegared tuna at an affordable price. A healthier version of crispy chicharon made out of tuna skin is also available in the province.
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