Sunday, March 24, 2013

THE GREAT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: A Pink Sand Beach in the Philippines

Photo credits: Wikipedia.org
PINK SAND BEACH in the Philippines? WOW!

Whenever somebody mentions a pink sand beach, people will often think of the Pink Sand Beaches of the Out Islands of the Bahamas or the Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda. Other than that is located in Santorini, Greece and the Barbuda Island of the Carribean. But will you believe that the Philippines also has its own pink sand beach?

Fortunate enough, the Philippines is blessed to have one of the uniquely gorgeous beaches in the world that offers a different hue of sand aside of its hundreds and thousands of tropical beaches with pristine and powder-liked sand bar and clear aquamarine water.  Henceforth, it is only waiting to be explored by tourists: The Great Santa Cruz Island.

Photo credits: Ms. Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com
The Great Santa Cruz Island is one of the rare beaches in the Philippines with unspoiled beauty of a pink sand surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water located in the Hispanic City or The Little Spain of Asia most specifically in Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park, Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City. Also, it is one of the protected areas in Region 9 under the Proclamation No. 271 for Marine Life preservation, conservation and protection. A truly hidden paradise where you can enjoy the serenity of the area!
Photo credits: Ms. Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com

Photo credits: Wikipedia.org
The hue of the sand is more likely the same as the cherry blossom type of color which is different from that of the Pink Sands Beach of Harbour Island, part of the Out Islands of the Bahamas that is more on the soft-rosy-hue-type-of-sand. 

Accordingly, the pink sand beach of the Great Santa Cruz Island is "a coloration effect of pulverized rare Red Organ-pipe Coral (Tubipora Musica) from eons of surf erosion mixed in with the white sand" - www.zamboanga.com. 

TOUCH DOWN:
The only way to go to the Island from the City Proper is to coordinate with the Department of Tourism Office of Zamboanga located inside the Lantaka Hotel by the Sea of the Valderrosa Street. Roundtrip cost is roughly about P800.00-P1,000.00 for the exclusive rental of the motorized boat with Police escorts.

Sooner, this pink sand beach will surely be one of the next post-card perfect.

Below Photo: A sample of the Red Organ-pipe Coral
Photo credits: Ms. Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com
Photo credits: Ms. Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com
Photo credits: Ms. Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com

6 comments:

  1. WOW! Philippines is so blessed, another paradise, hope it will develop like Boracay...


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  2. If the government will just give some effort to this almost paradise place, it will become another tourist destination like boracay packages. Thanks for sharing this one. This is the first time I've seen a pink sand beach.

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  3. wow!!! what a beautiful place, i liked your post, Thanks for share...

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  4. We've been their yesterday. It was my 2nd visit to that island and yet i'm still longing to see it back again and experience the majestic beauty that island is giving to every tourist who go there:D

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  5. Beaches look wonderful. they have a different charm in them. I had been to many beaches and i relly found the beaches of Ireland very beautiful and worth watching.Ireland is a very beautiful place to visit. It has everything it it from fun to romance, from peace to crowd everything. The night life is superb and there are many bars and sports club where you can have lot of fun. I also like this place a lot and enjoyed a lot with my friends. we all prefer hiring a car for safe and enjoyable journey

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  6. looks great . Love to visit. The beaches in BERMUDA are pink but horseshoe bay NOT. Try Warwick LONG BAY. beautiful sand.

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