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
It may have been a brave and bold move to visit this city that is geographically located in Zamboanga del Sur but governing independently as a city, because it is tainted by media generalization of being an unsafe place due to its relation to terrorists hideout and bombing. Much more brave and bold move to spend choose it as your birthday trip and spend your summer vacation there. But come on, is there literally a safer place now? I believe caution is what more needed when visiting any place. As an open-minded traveler, I dare you to follow my move.
WHY VISIT ZAMBOANGA CITY?
*It is known as Asia's Latin City.
*Zamboanga is the 3rd largest City by land area and 3rd oldest City in the Philippines.
*It is widely acknowledged as the Sardines Capital and Chavacano Capital as well.
*The biggest and most modern seaport of the Philippines is in Zamboanga.
Sta. Cruz Island is a small island in Zamboanga City famed for having a pink sand beach. I was awed by the island's beauty when I first visited in 2013. I was a bit worried when it started gaining popularity because National Geographic included it it in a list of the best beaches in the world. While such a distinction can ruin a place and put it in danger of over-development, I was glad to see that the island remained as beautiful and pristine as ever when I returned several years later for in time for their Summer Festival.
The moment you set foot in Zamboanga City, wont you want to stop wandering, and just head straight to the beautiful island facing its coasts.
In plain view from the city, Great Sta. Cruz Islands clean sand looks white. But take a closer look, and youll see that the sand actually has a pinkish hue.
Last year, this pink-sand beach made it to the list of National Geographics 21 best beaches in the world. The crushed red organ pipe corals create the sands unique color.
Sta. Cruz Island is 4 km from the citys Paseo del Mar, where bookings can be done by chance passengers and where visitors ...
So, this was my first time visiting the Island even tho I'm from Zamboanga City, because (1) My dad is afraid that there may be rebels there- to tell you honestly the place was completely safe and there are security around the place so no worries. (2) Lazy to book for a reservation, since it's hard to visit the island just being a walk in because there's a lot of tourist visiting the place and there is a limit to how many guest the Island can accommodate per day. So if you are planning to go and visit the place RESERVE earlier maybe 2-3 days before you go. I guess that's just all the reason.
Sta. Cruz Island had experienced a 61 percent surge in visitors in 2017, registering the highest increase in island guests since 2012.
Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said that 62,703 visitors went to the Sta. Cruz Island in 2017, a significantly higher figure compared to the 38,916 visitors in 2016.
It also experienced an influx of visitors during the "Fiesta na Isla" run, an activity spearheaded by the Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU), with 11,000 visits in a span of eight days, according to Salazar.
She said that tourism in Zamboanga City remained robust in ...