Friday, January 9, 2015

Lemlunay, a Haven in Sarangani

One of the places our family loves to visit time and again is Lemlunay Resort located in Barangay Maasim, Sarangani Province. For us, this is like a haven, a place to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

"Lemlunay," in the B’laan and T’Boli tongues, roughly means “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”. It's a good place to go to even in this life.

How to get to Lemlunay.

From Tagum City to General City, it takes 2 hours and 41 minutes (193.3 km) via Pan - Philippine Highway.

Upon reaching the intersection in General Santos City proper, the way to Maasim, Sarangani Province is on the left.
Maasim town is 40 kilometers from General Santos or about 30 minutes ride by private vehicle.

Views along the way to Maasim.

Yes, they have their own "London Bridge" but it didn't fall down!

The views along the way in this part of Sarangani Province are not the usual Philippine countryside views of coconut trees and rice fields. They're similar to the views in Coron, Palawan. There are a lot of limestone formations in mountains along the way and which can also be seen from afar. The well-maintained highways are rolling and have views of both the mountains and the seas. The journey is as important as the destination, I should say.

Upon reaching this marker of Barangay Kamanga, Lemlunay Resort is just a few meters away.

There's ample parking found before the main building of the resort.
The grassy field on the left side of the road going inside the resort. This was taken before the sunset which cannot be seen from the resort.
Lemlunay Resort is home of the Southpoint Divers.
From the resort one can have a refreshing view of Sarangani Bay.
This is the restaurant built on the edge of the Tinoto Reef.
From the Facebook Page of Lemlunay Resort:

"Lemlunay Resort is located at the southwest corner of Sarangani Bay in the province of Sarangani. Looking out at the ocean you will see Sarangani Bay to the left and the Sulawesi sea to the right.The bay has a wealth of good diving and the best location is the huge Tinoto Wall. This runs about 10 kilometers along the bay in front of the South Point Divers clubhouse. The wall drops off well over 50 meters about 10 to 20 meters from shore. The fishing vessels tell us there is a short ledge in the wall then it continues to drop down to 300 meters or more, well beyond diving limits, so please watch your depth."

The best rooms are those located along the poolside area. Photo by Larry A. Halili
The infinity pool has a breathtaking view of Sarangani Bay.


The dining areas and the garden.

From the restaurant, guests can go down the side to the diving, snorkeling and swimming spot in the ocean.

Two of the things we go to Lemlunay for are the sunrises and the moonlit nights.
If only Lemlunay is near our home, we would be there as of often as we want to. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know we have a place to visit and to go to when we want to recharge once in a while. It is truly our haven.


  1. Replies
    1. The place is really nice, Kuyang. Those who will attend the Koronadal Smile Session can take a side trip to this. 😊


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