The Blushing Beach Of Asia’s Latin City

pink beach great santa cruz island zamboanga philippines
Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines, famous for its pink coralline sand. Photo credit - The Pinoy Traveller

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of over 7,000 islands. Amongst these islands, you will find some of the most dazzling shorelines in the world.

The countries booming tourism industry is a testament to what the country has to offer; this was reinforced by the work of the National Geographic, who chose the Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga as one of the 21 best beaches in the world.

Great Santa Cruz Island is most famous for its Pink Beach. This beach is known for its unique pink hue to the sand; this is due to the crushed red organ pipe corals mixing with the sand on the shoreline.

The intensity of the color varies due to several factors. This ranges from weather conditions to how much foot traffic the beach may be experiencing. The colour intensity is strongest by the shoreline where the fresh coral has washed ashore and more moisture is found in the sand.

Much work is now being done to preserve the island from the onslaught of tourists in order to preserve its beauty. Due to the volatility of the area, a lot of tourists hold concerns about visiting the island. A lot of work is now being done to offer a safe and secure experience for travellers coming to the island.

You will notice military personnel around the island who are posted to maintain the islands stature as a secure island. Tourists are recommended to only use official transport to and from the island.

People will offer to take you privately though taking the risk is not recommended when secure alternatives are available.


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