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 4 km 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 wi ...
th the white sand. It is a known turtle nesting site.
The island has lost is popularity since the 1970s and early 1980s when is was frequented by German and Italian tourists. The degradation in the peace and order situation in the area has swayed potential visitors dwindling its popularity. The growing articles by bloggers who come to the island has renewed interests to the island.
Recent illegal coral reef mining has destroyed most of Great Santa Cruz Island's vast coral reef population leaving the former colorful corals into 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. Wiki
Santa Cruz Island and Pink Beach News
The partnership of Zamboanga City Government with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expected to boost the development of Sta. Cruz Island and Pasonanca Natural Park as protected areas and ecotourism sites.
Wilbur Dee, a Biodiversity Conservation advisor to USAIDs Protect WildLife project, said the partnership aims to develop the management plan of Sta. Cruz Island as it has already expired.
"There are lots of things that need to be updated to provide a solid set of management prescriptions for ...
The Zamboanga City Government is eyeing improvements and upgrades to the current jump-off point to Sta. Cruz Island at the Paseo del Mar to improve the experience and ensure comfort of visitors to the fame island.
Architect Rodel Falcasantos said the improvement for the jump-off point, a small area adjacent the Centro Latino, will include the construction of a waiting area which will be able to sit all visitors headed for the Sta. Cruz island.
Falcasantos said the waiting area will also have other amenities intended for the comfort of people going to Sta. Cruz island such as shower stall ...
Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City is famed for its pink sand beach. But it only allows 400 visitors per day to keep its environment healthy. What if you dont make the cut?
Hailed as one of the best beaches in the world.
This is according to National Geographic, citing the Great Sta Cruz island of Zamboanga as one of the most beautiful. It was early 2017 when I read about the story and it made me think that hey, someday I will travel to Zamboanga and be on that island.
Sta. Cruz Beach is 21 Best Beaches in the World, so Please come and visit Zamboanga"Visita Zamboanga".
Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo is thrilled over the inclusion of the Great Sta. Cruz Island (also called Isla de Sta. Cruz) in Zamboanga City in the list of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by international publication National Geographic. "We are proud of this citation and happy with the very timely announcement, which comes right after our visit in December when I had pushed for the island's immediate improvement and development as an ecotourism destination," she said.
The Great Sta. Cruz Island used to be under the supervision of DoT's implementing arm for ...