The Philippines is a host to some of the world’s gorgeous beaches. These breath-taking beaches are scattered to various islands within the archipelago. Such as Boracay, El Nido, Coron, Malapascua, Bantayan, kalanggaman, and Siquijor are among the thousand others that host the Philippines priced and famed, white beach fronts.
But most of the beaches that rise in popularity are powdery white. However, one fine strip in Mindanao had able to make to National Geographics’ list of 21 Best Beaches in The World—the Pink Beach of the Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City.
The recognition was partly because of the rare, pink hue of the beach sand.
What makes the beach pink?
Well, the reason is because of the crushed red corals known as organ pipe corals (Tubipora musica) that mix well with the sand making it look like color pink specially on broad daylight.
If you walk along the beach, there’s a good chance that you’ll see these corals that are washed ashore.
Located in Basilan Strait, just off the coast of the city proper and around four kilometers or roughly 20 minutes boat ride from Paseo del Mar, are the twin islands of Sta. Cruz. The smaller one called Little Sta. Cruz is restricted to public because it is being used as a military camp while the bigger island, called Sta. Cruz Grande, is the one we usually see in photos as the famed pink sand beach of Zamboanga. It is just a small island inhabited by small community of Badjaos, open to general public, however, you should have an arrangement with the City Tourism Office of Zamboanga.
Your Local Tour Guide In The Philippines Tips And Guide:
Unfortunately, there is no accommodation on the island and camping is prohibited. Tourist who wish to visit the island can go to City Tourism Office in Paseo del Mar even without prior reservation. The boat costs Php 1,000 round trip, good for 1-10 people, additional P100 per person is charged for those exceeding 10. Entrance fee of Php 20 plus terminal fee of P5 are also collected for every tourist. There are also cottages in the island that can be rented: Php 100 (small, good for 6 persons), Php 200 ( good for 10 persons) and Php 500 (good for 15-30 persons). Expect to have armed police officers to guard and assist you during your trip.