GenSan: A Short day tour in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines

had another opportunity to visit General Santos City (GenSan), South Cotabato once again and it happened last March 2016 during Holy Week. The plan is to visit Balut Island in Saranggani, Davao Occidental but the boat from GenSan to Balut Island departs at 10:00 PM. I arrived at GenSan as early as 7AM to meet a friend of mine who is living there. After our breakfast and some catching up, he then shows me around together with his girlfriend and aunt.

I only have the whole day, good thing they had planned something on where to go so I can have a glimpse of GenSan even for a limited time.

Mt. Sabrina Resort
On board my friend's car, we hit the road going to Tambler where Mt. Sabrina Resort is located. It was roughly 30 minutes drive from the city proper of GenSan passing some canning factory of sardines and tuna products.
Mt. Sabrina is a resort located on the hill, overlooking Sarangani Bay. It offers catering services, hotel accommodations, and venue for weddings and other celebrations. The resort has a restaurant and a swimming pool that shaped like fish. I was not surprised, I am in the Tuna capital of the Philippines.
The pool at Mt. Sabrina
It would have been nicer if the season is not on drought. Imagine 42-44 degrees all over GenSan? That's the reason why the hills at Mt. Sabrina turns to chocolate brown.

Sarangani Highlands
After a quick tour around Mt. Sabrina, we headed to another place where we had our late lunch. Just like Mt. Sabrina, Sarangani Highlands is also located on a hill overlooking Saranggani Bay. The place has plenty of plants providing shades all over the surroundings.
They also have a restaurant with wide selection of great foods and tropical fruit shakes. This place also offers catering services, a venue for weddings and other occasions. They have different types of accommodations to offer to travelers too.
What's for lunch?
All time favorite, the mouth watering Kinilaw.
We stayed here until late afternoon and enjoying the view before we get back to the city proper. We then went to the mall so I can buy some stuff and foods for my next trip. At night, I left GenSan for Balut Island.
Looking in the abyss!
Just an additional info, though, Mt. Sabrina collects an entrance fee of 50.00 pesos per person and also 50.00 pesos each at Sarangani Highlands. If you're ordering foods or eating at the restaurant in Saranggani Highlands, no entrance fees were being collected.

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