Queen Tuna Park


Formerly known as Lion’s Beach, the Queen Tuna Park in General Santos is probably one of the less-maintained parks in the Philippines. Though, it is regularly visited by locals and domestic tourists because of the large waves coming from the Celebes Sea and the nice breeze and cool air which can be experienced in the place.

Queen Tuna Park is located in Barangay Dadiangas South, nearby the Old Mosque and Public Market. The authorities invested a lot of money to beautify this place so it can add to the tourist attractions in the city – but because of the current security issues in Basilan, the tourism of the whole Mindanao Island was affected.

I’ve been to a lot of places in Mindanao including Iligan, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Bukidnon – and honestly – I never had any security issues or concerns. And locals are very willing to help when they know that you are new to the place.

Queen Tuna Park

Queen Tuna Park

The Queen Tuna Park is open to the public from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. Bathing of pets is not allowed. Selling & bringing of alcoholic drinks, gambling, littering, parking of vehicles and smoking are strictly prohibited. Cooking is allowed in designated areas only. The use of cottages inside Queen Tuna Park is free but make sure to keep it clean and orderly when you leave.

Large concrete statues of animals such as elephants, fishes and dinosaurs can be seen inside the Queen Tuna Park. But because of the problems in tourism, there’s no budget allocated for it yet. I’m positive that the government will soon improve the park so it can invite more tourists.

Visitors can see kids enjoying the large waves and fishing boats are docked in the nearby wooden port.

Fishing Boats docked at the Wooden Port

Fishing Boats docked at the Wooden Port

When in General Santos, please visit Queen Tuna Park and experience its relaxing ambiance. It has great potentials when it comes to tourism. The only problem is the budget for the development and maintenance.

How to get there

Queen Tuna Park is about 14 kilometers from the General Santos International Airport. Hire a habal-habal (P120) or taxi (P300) going directly to the place. In the city center, any tricycle (P10) can bring you to the park.

Outside Queen Tuna Park

Outside Queen Tuna Park

Animal Statues & Cottages

Animal Statues & Cottages

Mark at Queen Tuna Park

Mark at Queen Tuna Park


This page is last updated on Aug 2, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
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  1. Rick says:

    also if your a foreigner visiting anywhere in the philippines always keep your wallet in your front pocket, “seriously people”

  2. Rick says:

    I have been to Queen Tuna Park, and it looks like crap! Trash everywhere, vendors constantly harassing me to buy stuff! Situated next to the Matutum Hotel where we woud stay where visiting Gensan, the hotel is not that great either, but if your looking for something cheap that is the place to rent. They also have a restaurant to eat in, or you can order food and they will bring it to your room. My wife and i used to stay there when she was pregnant just to get away from her friends and family members!!!

  3. ahgarcera says:

    galing2 talga ng mga kuha moh sir… BTW i love the Travel Schedule section… super busy schedule sir ah..

    next visit moh Gensan sir, pakitah kah naman sah amin SOX Bloggers… or baka nah meet moh nah silah, bago lang kasi meh join sah kanila din…

  4. exie phillip says:

    hey hey. this is my fiancee’s hometown and i lived here for a couple of months.. i highly recommend general santos… ^^ phillip palileo is glad to see these photos in your website!..

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