General Santos City in South Cotabato is hailed as the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines” for its bountiful sashimi-grade tuna since time immemorial. But setting its fresh catch aside, GenSan could be your gateway to the beauty that awaits at the southcentral part of Mindanao. It features an eclectic culture set against a highly urbanized metropolis backdrop.

Although GenSan serves as the shopping capital of the Soccsksargen region with its lieu of malls and commercial districts, it does not disappoint in terms of natural beauty. About 15 kilometers off the Central Business District (CBD) is the Klaja Ecopark, where you can find hills, waterfalls, and caves. Mount Matutum, located north of the city, is a massive, active volcano with a well-preserved 320-meter crater. Its stunning view is best enjoyed in Barangay San Isidro and Mabuhay.

GenSan is also a great jump-off point to southcentral Mindanao. Enjoy the mountain scenery of Lake Sebu and Lake Holon in South Cotabato province. Explore Saranggani Provice, Polomolok, Koronadal and Balut Island from here or hop on a bus to Davao City, which is just three hours away.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in General Santos including top things to do & the best General Santos tourist spots.

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1. Tuna Market (General Santos Fish Port)

Location: General Santos City, South Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

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2. Plaza Heneral Santos

Location: Pres. Sergio Osmeña Avenue, General Santos City, South Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

3. General Santos City Public Market

Location: West Side St., Corner, P. Acharon Blvd, Lungsod ng General Santos, 9500 Timog Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

4. Lion’s Beach (Queen Tuna Park)

Location: General Santos City, South Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

5. Try Balbacua Soup (Gamay Eatery)

Location: S Cotabato – Sarangani Rd, General Santos City, 9500 South Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

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6. Lake Sebu

Location: Southcentral Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

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7. Koronadal City

Location: Southcentral Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

8. Sarangani Province

Location: Southcentral Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

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Lake Holon

Location: Southcentral Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

Davao City

Location: Davao region, Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

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Balut Island & Sarangani Islands

Location: Davao region, Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

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Asik-asik Falls & North Cotabato

Location: Sitio Dulao, Barangay Upper Dado, Alamada, 9413 Cotabato. Save on Google Maps.

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Cagayan de Oro

Location: Misamis Oriental province, Northern Mindanao region, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

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Places to visit in General Santos

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Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.

Where to Stay in General Santos

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