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Expedition Title: Ancient South

Destinations: General Santos City, Sarangani Province, South Cotabato

Duration: 10 days

Quaint provincial towns, million year old caves, vibrant cultural villages, and a lake that never seems to dry up---this is the heart of Mindanao. Find out what it’s like to take a ride on the infamous habal-habal and visit a sea turtle hatchery. Weave T’nalak with the elaborate T’boli tribe of the spiritual Lake Sebu. Add snorkeling with sergeant fish, river tubing in rushing white water, and hiking “Zion” and you’re well on your way to an experience of a lifetime. You can either choose this full ten day-expedition or choose a mini expedition on the bottom of the page.

Price: USD 900/ EUR 621

1 General Santos Arrive at Tambler Airport and take the scenic route to Sarangani Province. Check out the 100-pound fish at the Fishport and relax at a highland retreat (L,D)
2 Maitum, Sarangani Feel the strength of the Pangi River as you ride the rapids. Check out what a 3000 “Anthropomorphic” jar looks like at the Capitol Museum. (B, D)
3 Maitum, Sarangani Hike the Tboli trail in Zion and be one with the locals. Experience coconut bark weaving (B, L, D)
4 Maitum, Sarangani Visit a Sea Turtle Sanctuary, try your hand at boat making and taste the special “Fish Bagoong”. It can’t get any better than that. (B, D)
5 Kiamba, Sarangani Visit a seaside community before heading to a coral reserve in Tuca. Enjoy snorkeling and lazying about in the beach Passing through General Santos, we move on to South Cotabato. Sleep in a Tboli Tribal Hut and participate in song and dance (B, D).
(Guests from “Ancient Seas” leave today. “Ancient Highlands” guests arrive today. Guests who purchased “Ancient South” stay for the whole trip)
6 Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Understand the way the T'boli live—weave, dream, and meet the last Princess (B,D). Observe the ancient art of brass casting.
7 Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Enjoy the wonders of Lake Sebu as we walk through the different barangays. Trek the Seven Falls and feel alive with the wonders of the Philippines. (B, D)
8 Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Take pleasure in a surreal boating experience and visit the Lifestyle Museum to learn more about the T'boli. Transfer back to the lowlands and stay in Koronadal. (B)
9 Koronadal, South Cotabato Marvel Marbel and eat gloriously in Sabalai, the heritage home and bistro of Carlo Ebeo, Cultureight's very own. (B, D)
10 General Santos City Transfer to Tambler Airport and head home.(B)

Newest! MAGICAL SABBATICALS (5 Day-Expeditions)

We’ve divided each 10 day-expedition into two portions. If you can’t go on the entire tour, you can choose what portion suits you the most. Some lean toward the adventure, some lean toward culture. It’s totally up to you.

For Ancient South, here are the Magical Sabbaticals mini-tours:

  1. Ancient Seas
  2. Ancient Highlands

Traveller feedback:
On Ancient South's River Tubing

It was ridiculously insane! The absolutely awesomest thirty minutes of my life! I screamed and laughed at the top of my lungs, raising my legs whenever we rushed into huge rocks, feeling every splash of cool, refreshing water slapping my face and entire body, lurching at each sudden drop. Whitewater rafting is nothing, this is hardcore. "
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