It was the perfect day for that trip after several attempts of going to Gumasa. From Tagum City in Davao del Norte we headed south, passing through Davao City, a portion of Davao del Sur and on to Sarangani Province.
|The majestic Capitol Building of Sarangani Province as seen from the National Highway|
|The tall Indian trees shield the Capitol Building like sentinels.|
But Gumasa is not in Alabel. It is in another town.
We're almost there. See the sign that says welcome to Glan, the beach capital of Mindanao. For more info on Glan, click the highlighted name.
One can see the sea from the road...
|View of Sarangani Bay|
Here we are! Turn right to Isla Jardin del Mar Resort. It is an affiliate of Sydney Hotel and Isla Parilla Resort in General Santos City owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marfin Tan.
Going there on a kilometer-long stretch can be treacherous so one has to be careful in driving. Part of the way is paved though.
The resort's rates, posted at the guardhouse, are quite affordable.
The resort is just part of a 34-hectare property. According to its auditor/trainer who was there at the time of our visit, what we've seen was just one-fourth of the property. Plans for expansion and upgrading of facilities are well under way.
There are plans to expand this dining hall into a much-bigger place.
Open cottages for day tourists/beach goers.
Lifeguard post and banca.
The road going to the airconditioned cottages, mountain trails and campsite areas.
The lagoon on the right side of the road going to the cottages
|One of the airconditioned cottages|
There's a sign that says to rinse (one's feet/slippers) before entering the shower room to
avoid clogging. There's a jar of water and a coconut shell "tabo" for doing this.
The doors leading to the room on the left and the bathroom on the right.
|The doors leading to the bedroom (left) and the small bathroom (right). View is from the terrace/living area.|
The cottages can accommodate 6 adults. It's airconditioned so it's comfortable.
|One of the most relaxing things to do on the resort: Looking out into the breathtaking blue sea.|
|Sunset at Gumasa|