General Santos City Fish Port Complex

General Santos City Fish Port Complex

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guillermo
Philippines932 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
If you are interested to experience on some local trade and fishing industry, this is place to visit in GenSan. Fishing boats arrive early to unload their catch and see the auction of tuna in the fish port. You have to get permission to enter the area since restricted from general public.

While inside you can watch frozen tuna unloaded for trade, testing and initial sorting. You can take pictures and talk with local workers. It’s a great and memorable experience. Recommended
Written October 12, 2022
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bacolodtours
Bacolod City60 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
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.
Written December 8, 2013
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PhuketBigdaddy
Rawai, Thailand5,748 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
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.
Written August 1, 2013
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james b
5 contributions
Aug 2022
Its gross, the town is an ugly mess. Squatters have all the water front and the bay is full of fish factories. Very dirty and the 2 stroke tricycles are horrible polluters, their drivers are ripoffs, grumpy and loud.
Malls are full of products from china, a dumping ground for poor quality goods, especially clothing.
Not a place for tourists
Written August 29, 2022
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japs1969
pasig267 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
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.
Written February 12, 2013
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Ronnie Vasquez S
General Santos City, General Santos, Philippines1 contribution
Dec 2012
Fresh fish is always available. Merchandize is open to all fish business operator. For a long time our church members find there livelihood and became a blessings to their immediate family members
Written January 14, 2013
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senthuj
Doha, Qatar17 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
I would highly recommend this place for tourists. You can go at 5-6:30 in the morning to see the large tuna and marlin come in from the larger fishing boats. The only cost is boots rental ₱20 per person. Kids and adults will have fun seeing all the types of fish and boats.
Written February 21, 2017
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Ogie Manlungat
Muntinlupa, Philippines295 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
GENSAN experience is incomplete without visiting the Fish Port. Best to come early in the morning to witness the busy Tuna trade. You must rent white colored rain boots (P120) from the Port Office before you set foot on the Fish port. Taking pictures are okay but videos are prohibited. The "fishermen" are friendly and visitors are welcome. It's usual to see men transporting Tuna on their shoulders .Some Yellow Fin Tuna weigh as much as 40 Kilos! Some sorted out for export to Japan. Others, for selling to Market and private buyers. Hungry? there is a canteen at the parking area. Also, the Fish port is a no-smoking area. Pasalubong? Visit RDEX stores near the port. They offer reasonably priced frozen Tuna products that you can bring on the airplane. You can purchase Styropor boxes there (as low as P60) and then sealed.
Written September 12, 2014
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Shugah Pauline G
13 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
I havent seen as many fish in my entire life and they are huge! To every fish lover out there. Its amazing here you should drop by and visit.
Written December 28, 2013
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Ms_Jet
Dubuque, IA116 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
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.
Written September 3, 2013
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