Grande Santa Cruz Island

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Memory by Jocelyn Dimaculangan

Want to see a pink beach? Then head to the Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga to play in the blush pink sand of its beach. It took a great deal of coordination with the Zamboanga tourism office before we could travel to this pink beach because we needed to have military escorts accompany us while we toured the island. They explained that extra security is needed because it is located near Basilan. However, upon seeing the pink coralline sand and the clear blue waters of Great Santa Cruz Island, the effort was well worth it. My friend and I even had the chance to go scuba diving in the island but some of the corals were blasted by dynamite. That's a shame since this pink beach was named as one of the 21 best beaches in the world by the National Geographic in 2017. The pinkish hue was created when powdered remnants of red organ pipe corals mix with the white sand. There is a curfew on the island so we had to leave after a few hours of frolicking on the pink sand and playing beach volleyball.


Zamboanga, Philippines

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