General Santos

General Santos is the gateway to Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and Cotabato provinces. There are regular flights to Tambler airport. Take the morning flight and proceed to the General Santos Fish Port Complex and experience the tuna trade first-hand. The celebrated yellow fin tuna can be as heavy as any healthy human at 150 pounds!  Weighed, graded, sold and shipped directly from the fishport, they can be found in fish markets in Japan and delis in Seattle. Other species of tuna such as Bigeye, Billfish, and Skipjack are also available.

To taste the bounty of the sea, head on to the local favorite Tiongson Arcade.  Experience native cuisine at its finest—fresh seafood is cooked to your liking and grilled tuna is on top of the menu. For an overview of Sarangani Bay served with an equally sumptuous meal, try Sarangani Highlands.

Nine-thousand hectares of pure nature awaits the outdoor enthusiast at Kaljala Karsts Eco-Tourism Park.

Rock climb at Malakong Gorge or  zipline several hundred meters above the breathtaking landscape.

For an overnight retreat, Filipino style, guests can camp at Sanchez Peak or Nopol Hills with their fruit-eating bats. Meet with a B’laan chieftain and learn how to cook with just a piece of bamboo.

Or just go for a hike and find yourself viewing Amsikong Falls or basking in pure spring water at Bunga Springs.

If you’re looking to bring home souvenirs, don’t look far. Like the rest of the country, there are large malls such as Robinsons Place, SM Mall of GenSan and Gaisano that caters to everyone.

General Santos, or “GenSan” as locals refer to it, is one of the up-and-coming cities in the Philippines. Get on that flight and head on over!