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 has lost is popularity since the 1970s and early 1980s when it was frequented by German and Italian tourists. The degradation in the peace and order situation in the area has swayed potential visitors decreasing its popularity.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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  • Be sure to do the lagoon tour. It is amazing. A great mangrove filled lagoon. The guide can place a none stinging jellyfish in your hand. A once in the lifetime experience  more »
  • Use official transport, boat from harbour, dont go by yourself or someone you dont know tell you..bee aware!!. Even the sweetest mouth..can bee a trap..i thinking of cidnaping..its just a advise, so y...  more »
  • I love it and I will go there again4, you need to ask for lagoon that has unique gully fish beside visiting the village in sta cruz island. Btw it is safe and you have security army around you.  more »

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