Santa Cruz island of Zamboanga City is known of its pink coralline sand. Santa Cruz, also known as Great Santa Cruz is a protected area along with the nearby Little Santa Cruz.
The island is just 4 kms away from the mainland Zamboanga City. It's exhilarating glory is clearly viewed from Paseo del Mar. It can be reached through a 20 minute chartered boat ride.
It has a wide picnic area with cottages. The island's lush vegetation is encircled by the soothingly fine beach sand.
The pinkish shade of its sand results from the pulverized organ pipe coral mixed with the white sand of the island.
The island is a burial site, hence, considered sacred among the Badjaos.
This island tour was done with PinoyAdventurista of pinoyadventurista.com
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Paseo del Mar, hire a boat to the island. The packaged cost is P1,000 good for 10 visitors. An additional of P100 is required per excess visitor. Entrance permit is P20 and terminal fee is P5.00. Cottages are available from P100 to P200.