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ZAMBOANGA CITY | Pink Seaside ~ Sta. Cruz Island Journey Information


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach Travel Guide

“Tatay, the seashore shouldn’t be pink in any respect!” exclaimed our toddler as quickly as we disembarked from the boat and touched sand at Zamboanga Metropolis’s Nice Sta. Cruz Island—the house of the so-called Pink Seaside within the Philippines. And certainly, should you take a glancing look, our son, can’t be extra proper. The seashore doesn’t look pink in any respect, however appears slightly like every other white sand seashore within the nation. However, why is it dubbed as one of many few pink seashores not solely within the nation, however on the planet? Is Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside actually pink? Nicely, let’s discover out.

UNDERSTAND ZAMBOANGA STA. CRUZ ISLAND


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City Boat
A BOAT CROSSING THE WATERS BETWEEN MAINLAND ZAMBOANGA CITY AND STA. CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz Island is positioned 4 kilometers south of mainland Zamboanga Metropolis alongside the Basilan Strait. It’s so shut, about fifteen minutes by boat, that it could truly be seen by the bare eye from Zamboanga Metropolis’s Pueblo, or downtown space. It’s additionally the backdrop for the annual Regatta De Zamboanga boat race held on the R.T. Lim Boulevard through the Zamboanga Hermosa Pageant.

It’s divided into two islands—the Grande or Nice Santa Cruz Island, which is the primary island, and the Little Santa Cruz Island, a small islet northwest of the primary one.

HOW TO GET TO STA. CRUZ ISLAND ~ BOOKING A TOUR


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Cit
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND FROM AFAR

Attending to Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside is, as our son says, straightforward peasy. There are two methods to go about reserving a tour at Zamboanga’s Santa Cruz Island, the place the Pink Seaside is positioned.

The primary one is the DIY technique. Chances are you’ll contact the Zamboanga Tourism Workplace to order a tour, or just head over to the Zamboanga Tourism Workplace in Paseo Del Mar at the least someday earlier than your tour date.

However, if for some motive, you have been unable to order a slot a day earlier than your tour date, you possibly can probability on a slot by going on to the tourism workplace in case they’ve nonetheless obtainable slots for the day. Observe that solely 400 guests are allowed to go to Sta. Cruz Island a day.

Zamboanga Tourism Workplace: islasdesta.cruz@gmail.com | +63 (062) 975-6341 | Reserving time 7:00AM to five:00PM, Day by day

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City Tourist Souvenir
REUSABLE WATER JUGS FROM ITRAVEL TOURIST LANE, SHUNNING THE USE OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES

The second is by reserving a tour through accredited Zamboanga tour businesses. We had ours through iTravel Vacationer Lane. That is the simplest technique to go to Santa Cruz Island, they’ll deal with every little thing from reserving a tour slot, paying for all of the charges, and getting ready a luxurious lunch. Our As soon as Islas Day Tour was additionally booked by way of them. Extremely advisable.

iTravel Vacationer Lane: +63 (995) 699-3274 | +63 (917) 722-6410 | +63 (917) 392-9474 | information@itraveltouristlane.com | Fb

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STA. CRUZ ISLAND FEES


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City Pink Beach
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, ZAMBOANGA CITY

Like most island excursions within the Philippines, there are charges vacationers have to pay when accessing the island. These are utilized in sustaining Santa Cruz Island and giving livelihood to the locals dwelling there.

• Entrance Price: ₱30.00
• Terminal Price: ₱5.00
• Ferry to Santa Cruz (10pax): ₱1,000.00
• Boat Switch to Lagoon or Sandbar (10pax): ₱200.00
• Yellow Boat for Lagoon Tour (2pax): ₱300.00
• Sandbar Tour (10pax): ₱100.00
• Small Cottage (10pax): ₱100.00
• Medium Cottage (15pax): ₱200.00
• Pavilion (30pax): ₱500.00

►EAT: ZAMBOANGA MEE GORENG

STA. CRUZ ISLAND DO’S & DON’T’S


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City Pink Beach
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, ZAMBOANGA CITY

Earlier than going to Santa Cruz Island, you’ll have to personally attend a briefing at Paseo Del Mar. They may focus on what you possibly can and can’t do, and what you possibly can and can’t carry on the island.

Learn and know this forward of your scheduled journey, as it will assist in planning your journey to Santa Cruz Island, particularly their coverage concerning single-use plastics.

• No in a single day tenting
• No taking of sand or seashells
• No leaving of trash on the island. Rubbish in, rubbish out. 
• No single-use plastic luggage and bottles. Put your meals in microwavables or Tupperware packaging, and drinks on reusable tumblers.
• No vandalism of any variety is allowed.
• No climbing of bushes allowed.
• No pets allowed.
• No alcoholic drinks allowed.
• No smoking or vaping allowed.
• No fishing allowed, fishing rods are prohibited.
• No washing of dishes on the seashore allowed.
• No nudity allowed.
• Grilling of meals is just allowed on designated areas.
• Loud audio system and videoke machines are allowed however want prior permits.
• Excursions are from 7:00AM to 2:00PM, Day by day.

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STA. CRUZ ISLAND TRAVEL TIPS


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City Vinta
A VINTA AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND’S MANGROVE AREA

Know earlier than you go. Listed below are some ideas for issues it is advisable know earlier than going to Santa Cruz Island.

• Go early, as there’s a first-come first-served rule in case the island tour is overbooked. They solely permit 400 company a day.
• The very best time to go to Santa Cruz Island is through the summer time months of March to Might.
• Carry sufficient money for souvenirs and trinkets, there are outlets manned by locals promoting vacationer souvenirs proper on the island.
• You may carry meals and drinks, however you should definitely put it on microwavable or Tupperware containers as they don’t permit single-use plastics on the island. For drinks, put it on reusable jugs or tumblers—single use pet bottles should not allowed.
• Carry a snorkel with you. Zamboanga’s Pink Sand Seaside is an efficient snorkeling space. Simply watch out with the present, because it will get sturdy at occasions.
• Carry aqua sneakers you probably have, the Pink Seaside is suffering from crushed corals that’s uncomfortable to the toes.
• There isn’t any altering space in Pink Seaside, however you possibly can nonetheless carry a change of garments simply so that you’d be dry on the best way again to Zamboanga Metropolis.
• Carry a hat, sunblock, and different sun-protecting issues particularly when visiting the Little Santa Cruz Island Sandbar, as there isn’t a shade on the island.

STA. CRUZ ISLAND DAY TOUR


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga City
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, WITH MAINLAND ZAMBOANGA AT THE BACKGROUND

I used to be truly stunned that there’s extra to visiting Santa Cruz Island moreover Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside. My preliminary impression was that you simply go to Santa Cruz Island only for the Pink Seaside. Nicely, I used to be incorrect, there’s extra to touring Santa Cruz than simply the famed seashore.

LITTLE STA. CRUZ ISLAND SANDBAR

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Sandbar
THE SANDBAR AT LITTLE SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Relying on the tides, the sandbar at Little Santa Cruz Island could also be your first or final cease in your Zamboanga Santa Cruz Island tour. If the tide is low through the early morning, like once we visited, then it’s gonna be your first cease.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Sandbar
THE SANDBAR ALSO HAS THAT PINKISH HUE

The sandbar is about half a kilometer lengthy and stretches from the ocean as much as the Little Santa Cruz Island. The sandbar is generally made up of damaged or crushed corals, remnants of dynamite fishing within the space from years previous. And even at this sandbar, you possibly can see hues of sunshine pink on the sand, like that of the Pink Seaside on the Nice Santa Cruz Island. That is from crushed crimson organ pipe corals that litter the sand.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Red Organ Pipe Coral
A RED ORGAN PIPE CORAL

Observe, nonetheless, that as stunning as its waters are, swimming shouldn’t be allowed on the sandbar because of very sturdy currents. And stepping foot on Little Santa Cruz Island is off limits to vacationers since it’s an official Philippine navy camp.

STA. CRUZ ISLAND MANGROVE FOREST LAGOON, STINGLESS JELLYFISH, VINTA BOAT RIDE

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Yellow Boat
YELLOW BOATS USED IN TOURING THE SANTA CRUZ MANGROVE FOREST

A tour of the Nice Santa Cruz Island’s mangrove forest lagoon might be included together with your tour of Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside. It truly was our second cease. After the sandbar, we boarded a ship to the Badjao neighborhood, the place we transferred to smaller Yellow Boats for a really serene boat-paddled tour of Zamboanga’s mangrove forest lagoon.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Yellow Boat Mangrove Tour
UMBRELLAS ARE PROVIDED FOR TO SHADE AGAINST THE SUN

Every boat comes with a information that rattles off details about the mangroves interspersed with energetic jokes. He additionally harvested recent lato or sea grapes, to our toddler’s delight—it’s one in every of his favourite meals. He rapidly made a snack of it as we pushed alongside the mangroves.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Yellow Boat Mangrove Tour Stingless Jellyfish
STINGLESS JELLYFISH AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

One other distinctive function of the Sta. Cruz mangrove is the proliferation of upside-down jellyfish of the genus Cassiopea, that are surprisingly stingless. Our information invited us contact it, with cautious directions in dealing with it correctly.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Yellow Boat Mangrove Tour Vinta
TRYING TO RIDE A VINTA

And earlier than exiting the mangrove forest, a colourful vinta boat awaited us for a trip. All of us took turns, paddling the boat round an space of the lagoon, taking quite a lot of pictures for posterity, earlier than heading again to the Yellow Boat docking space.

GREAT STA. CRUZ ISLAND PINK BEACH – IS IT REALLY PINK?

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND’S PINK BEACH

And at last, it was time to go to the primary draw of the tour, the Pink Seaside. However earlier than we delve additional, let’s get the reality out, is Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside actually pink?

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
NOT REALLY BRIGHT PINK

I noticed a number of pictures of Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside across the Web with the sand being portrayed as shiny pink. Should you consider it’s that pink, you then’d be disenchanted—these are closely photoshopped photographs.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
OFTENTIMES, IT LOOKS LIKE ANY ORDINARY WHITE BEACH

Upon first look, the Pink Seaside is hardly pink. It truly appears like an peculiar white sand seashore, as my son says. However look longer, particularly on the foreshore space, the place the water rushes on and off the sand, and also you’d discover a really refined shade of pink. You’d additionally discover this on the seashore itself when the solar hits it on sure angles.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
CRUSHED RED ORGAN PIPE CORALS AT ZAMBOANGA’S PINK BEACH

Look nearer and also you’d discover why, you’d see specks of crimson sand—crushed crimson organ pipe corals (Tubipora musica)—interspersed with common white sand. I’ve seen these on all of the pink seashores I’ve visited—Subic Seaside Sorsogon, Duyos Seaside Dinagat Islands, and Komodo Island in Indonesia.

And now that’s over with, let’s try what the Pink Seaside has to supply for vacationers.

GREAT STA. CRUZ ISLAND PINK BEACH

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND PINK BEACH’S SHADED TOURIST AREA

Zamboanga’s Pink Seaside stretches for round 360 meters. It’s truly longer than that, however most vacationers keep inside that principal space because the huts and pavilions are positioned on these entrance.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
THE SAND AT THE PINK BEACH IS FINE, BUT HAS BROKEN CORALS

The sand is sort of advantageous, although not as advantageous as these in Boracay White Seaside, and is combined with bits of damaged corals that may be painful if stepped on. The seabed has a comparatively steep slope so swim near the shore should you’re not good at swimming. Additionally, throughout our keep, the water present was fairly sturdy, so take warning when snorkeling removed from the shore.

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Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach
PINK BEACH’S I ♥ ZAMBOANGA SIGN

There’s an I ♥ ZAMBOANGA signal on the western facet of the seashore, which is a well-liked spot for selfies within the Pink Seaside. And I additionally noticed vintas being rented out to vacationers close to the realm.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach Souvenir Stalls
VENDORS SELLING JEWELRIES AND TRINKETS ON PINK BEACH

On the middle of the tree-covered a part of the seashore are stalls promoting jewelries, trinkets, and souvenirs.

SEAFOOD LUNCH

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach Huts
OUR LUNCH HUT AT ZAMBOANGA PINK BEACH

Except for bringing your personal meals in Santa Cruz Island, DIY vacationers even have the choice of shopping for lunch on the seafood distributors on the island. There isn’t any restaurant, however these distributors can grill the meals for you.

Us, we booked our Santa Cruz Island tour through iTravel Vacationer Lane and lunch was already bundled with it.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Pink Beach Seafood Lunch
SUPERB SEAFOOD LUNCH PROVIDED BY ITRAVEL TOURIST LANE

Upon returning to the hut reserved to us after swimming, we have been greeted with a beneficiant unfold of steamed shrimp and crabs; grilled fish, rooster, and squid; recent fruits; and, Alavar sauce for dipping that actually elevated the dishes. I can actually say that it was among the finest seafood meals I’ve had in Zamboanga.

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OLD BADJAO BURIAL GROUNDS CEMETERY

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Old Badjao Burial Grounds Cemetery
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND OLD BADJAO BURIAL GROUND

Earlier than heading again downtown, we visited the Outdated Badjao Burial Grounds on Santa Cruz Island. It was a couple of minutes away by foot on the japanese facet of the Pink Seaside.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Old Badjao Burial Grounds Cemetery
WOODEN EFFIGIES AS GRAVE MARKERS

Positioned good by the seashore, shaded by balete and calacuchi bushes, the cemetery silently sits. Lined with a thick carpet of dry leaves, it has no crosses or photographs you’d affiliate with Christian cemeteries since Badjaos, earlier than changing to Islam, have been pagans. The burial grounds are marked by wood effigies, a few of them on boats—signifying their kinship to the ocean as a nomadic seafaring tribe. Just a few of the effigies have material on their heads, marking them as a high-ranking particular person.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Old Badjao Burial Grounds Cemetery
A NON-BADJAO GRAVE IN THE CEMETERY

There are additionally some stone and concrete grave markers, which aren’t related to the Badjaos, however in all probability from Tausug and Sama Bangingi tribes.

Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Old Badjao Burial Grounds Cemetery
AN OLD WOOD INSCRIBED WITH A SYMBOL

As of now, the oldest present grave with inscription hasn’t actually been declared but, whereas the most recent one is from 1974. The native authorities, eager to protect the cemetery, has since disallowed the usage of the burial floor, giving the Badjaos a more moderen burial floor on one other space on the island.

STA. CRUZ ISLAND MAP


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Tourist Map

STA. CRUZ ISLAND ITINERARY


Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga Mangrove Forest
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND MANGROVE AREA

07:00AM • Arrive at Paseo Del Mar in Zamboanga Metropolis
07:30AM • Sta. Cruz Island briefing and orientation
08:00AM • Depart for Sta. Cruz Island
08:15AM • Arrive and discover Little Santa Cruz Island Sandbar
08:30AM • Arrive at Yellow Boat docking space
                    • Discover Mangrove lagoon
                    • Eat sea grapes
                    • Sail on a vinta
09:30AM • Arrive at Zamboanga Pink Seaside
                    • Swim and snorkel
                    • Lounge on the seashore
                    • Discover the seashore
                    • Purchase souvenirs
12:00PM • Lunch
01:00PM • Discover Outdated Badjao Burial Floor Cemetery
02:00PM • Depart to Zamboanga Metropolis Downtown

iTravel Vacationer Lane Zamboanga Excursions
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