Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • I went there with the kids and we loved the place! We paid 1k for the boat ride, to and fro, then 100ph for the cottage. The place is well maintained. You should bring your own food and drinks though ...  read more »
  • If visiting zamboanga ,i highly recomend this beach,there is no fresh water in the island. Bring your own water to drink and for sand, and the cheapest i can say..i had been to pala...  read more »
  • uniquely beautiful "pinkish" sand and colorful coral reef from the shore with Splendid mangrove lagoon. 
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