Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

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Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand. The island, located 4km south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand.The island started to become popular since the 1970s and early 1980s when it was frequented by German, Japanese and Italian tourists. Recently, there's an upsurge of tourists that has been recorded due to it's rising popularity as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. In 2017, It was recognized by National Geographic as one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World.ConservationThe Great Santa Cruz Island together with Little Santa Cruz Island are protected areas in Region 9 of the Philippines. Jointly called the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape & Seascape, it was declared as such on April 23, 2000 with the signing of Proclamation No. 271. The park has a total area of.Recent illegal coral reef mining has destroyed most of Great Santa Cruz Island's vast coral reef population leaving the former colorful corals as dead skeletal reefs. The city government of Zamboanga is planning to improve the island for the preservation, protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the island's ecosystem. The plan also involves developing the island for ecotourism. The improvement would include rehabilitating the present structures on the island. New infrastructures that need to be constructed would be low in profile using materials indigenous to the area, in hope of lessening its impact to the environment. The development plan is expected to be completed in 3 to 5 years time.
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  • This was very pleasant and relaxing. Low impact for individuals that are short on fitness, but need to be able to climb in/out of a banka boat. Suggest booking the full package that includes the mangr...  more »
  • The Pink Sand beach of Sta. Cruz island is one of the majestic sceneries you can visit around Zamboanga City. It is considered to be one of the best beaches to be visited. I am proud half Basileño and...  more »
  • This pink sand beach dubbed as one of the best beaches in the world by the national Geographic is difinitely awesome! Joined a tour to this beautiful island and it comes with a tour to the mangrove, y...  more »
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  • Pride of my hometown, popularly known for its pink sand. Yes! It's corals mixed with sand thus the color. They offer a tour inside the lagoon and all proceeds go to the locals living in the island. #gotourism #byahenglokal
  • Pink beach! One of the best place to enjoy nature and budget friendly! This is a protected area so we should be responsible enough. :)
  • The beach is really nice. Short lang yung swimmable kasi malalim na agad. Wear life vest if needed.
  • Going to Pink Beach of Sta. Cruz Island was one of my wonderful experience. I considered this experience as one of my best achievement in life 😊 and I went here with my friends. It's so relaxing to sit at the pink sand and swim in its pristine water. You must visit the old Badjao Cemetery and explore its origin. We buy seafood from the locals for our lunch and I really loved it. They also sell gift items like jewelries in affordable prices. Going here was so fun and the view was so stunning and breathtaking. I love it ❤
  • Good place to relax and enjoy the clear water and pink sand. Do not forget to bring food since there are no available restaurants here. There are locals selling fresh seafood though and they can cook it for you. My friends from Manila loved the experience!
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