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“Tuna/Sashimi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of General Santos City Fish Port Complex

General Santos City Fish Port Complex
General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines
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Bacolod City
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Tuna/Sashimi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We woke up early to make it to the fish port. It was a sight to see all those tuna being weighed and bidded out. I left Gen San with almost 10 kilos of tuna belly and sashimi. Tip: wear closed shoes and no sleeveless shirt.

Visited November 2013
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“The ever amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Our first time in Gensan. As usual we need to search for a unique place to go. Top of the list is Gensan Fishport Complex. At 5:30am we were already at the fishport and witnessed the busy yet very organized fish mongers. The area is so clean and to our surprise thr smell is not so fishy at all. As the parade of human like sized tuna started, weighed and classified by tuna "experts" we can't stop in awe at it's gigantic sizes.

It was such an educational visit as folks there are so welcoming and accomodating. We have learned a lot. The tuna, the trade and all!

That visit was amazing!

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Manila
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74 attraction reviews
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“a must...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

since General Santos city is known as tuna city, we decided to visit the area quickly. We planned to have our breakfast there to indulge all tuna recipes, but ended up eating the "balbacua", a pressure-cooked cow's inner skin... it tastes good!

The complex maintained its cleanliness. shorts and slippers are not allowed. Need to rent out a pair of white boots and jogging pants to be able to enter the complex. Don't forget to bring umbrella to roam around the complex.

Visited July 2013
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Until this, I'd only ever seen tuna in a can on the supermarket shelf, and a small one we caught off the back of a boat in Egypt many years ago. But, to see these true 'monsters' being landed off the boat into the GSC Fish Port is a fantastic experience. Other big fish seen are blue marlin, not just the various tuna species.

The boats are out at sea for up to a month, then bring their catch here. Very educational to see the tracking, tagging, grading and quality control of every single fish: some destined for the top restaurants in Japan / Pacific Rim, and others for the more 'local' market.

Workers are very sociable to visitors, and will happily pose with a fish for photographs.

Best time to visit is no earlier than 7.30am, but don't bother coming much after 9am, as you'll miss most of the morning action. Don't worry about any offensive smell - this is about as fresh as it's possible to get and it's not smelly at all.

Bring your passport as ID. If you don't have long trousers and boots, then longs and white wellies are provided for visitors.

There's a food-court on site which mainly caters for the workers, but is also good for visitors to grab a drink and snack.

I was told to expect a 'token' charge to visit and to use the trousers and boots provided. Turned out to be totally free.

Excellent morning, and highly recommended if you're in this outpost of Philippines.

Visited August 2013
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pasig
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“A must go place....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is the place to go, if you are a foodie.

You can see all the tuna's being unloaded from the boats and sold to customers.

All sizes of Tuna, swordfish and blue marlin.

Visited February 2013
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