I crossed off two places high on my bucketlist during this trip — Lake Holon and the Sarangani Islands — found in the southcentral Mindanao.
Both were remote and very pristine. Getting to Lake Holon involved a road trip to a highland village in T’Boli, South Cotabato. Then, a 4-hour trek in dense jungle.
While the journey to Sarangani Islands needed an 8-hour boat ride from General Santos. We were so far south that we could see faint views of the islands of east Indonesia.
This 12-day adventure with trip buddy, Regine, brought me to many other scenic spots in this corner of the Philippines including Lake Sebu and Gumasa Beach.
Along the way, we also made sure to go on detours in the cities of General Santos and Davao.
We even got to go on a surprise stopover tour in Mactan as our flight got re-routed via Cebu.
Make sure to click on the series/trip pages posted below to see more details.
Route — General Santos (South Cotabato) » Koronadal » T’Boli » Lake Holon » Lake Sebu.
Iloilo to General Santos flight on Cebu Pacific
General Santos to Kule-T’boli transport with overnight in Koronadal City
Lake Holon crater lake trek (traverse) via Kule & Salacafe trail.
Salacafe-T’boli to Lake Sebu transport.
Lake Sebu & Lake Seloton tour.
Lake Sebu to General Santos transport.
General Santos stopover.
Series: 6 Days in Lake Holon, Lake Sebu & South Cotabato
Route — General Santos » Balut Island (Sarangani Islands, Davao Occidental) » Olanivan Island » Sarangani Island
General Santos to Balut Island ferry.
Balut Volcano summit trek.
Sarangani Islands boat tour — Olanivan Island & Sarangani Island.
Balut Island inland tour.
Balut Island to General Santos ferry.
Series: 3 Days in Balut & Sarangani Islands
Route — General Santos » Gumasa Beach (Glan, Sarangani) » Davao City » Mactan (Cebu).
General Santos to Glan, Sarangani transport.
Gumasa & Glan beaches tour
Glan to Davao City transport.
Davao city tour.
Davao to Cebu flight.
Mactan, Cebu stopover.
Cebu to Iloilo flight.
Series: 3 Days in Sarangani, Davao City & Cebu
This trip is part of Marcos’ 2016 Detours travel series.
This trip is part of Marcos’ 2016 Detours series.
Places featured on this trip:
Get FREE updates on the latest travel blogs and guides on Detourista:
Don’t forget to follow on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Discover travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.