Zamboanga City: Day tour at Santa Cruz Island’s Pink Beach
It was my second day at Zamboanga City and had no prior reservations to Santa Cruz island, so I decided to wake up early and be present at the kiosk within Paseo del Mar for walk-in chance to get a day tour on the island, after a breakfast of sattiat Jimmy’s Satti House.
Las Islas de Santa Cruz (Great and Little Santa Cruz Islands) are located 15 minutes away from mainland Zamboanga City. They are Zamboanga City’s banner tourist destination as well as a marine protected area so they limit the visitors per day (like Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River) to keep the place clean and safe for both humans and animals residing within. As a matter of fact, this pink-sand beach made it to the list of National Geographic’s 21 best beaches in the world!
Welcome here at Greater Santa Cruz island!
Indeed, a must-do day tour when you’re in Zamboanga city. I brought some keychains and ref magnet made of shells from the locals before we head back to the city. I bid farewell to my groupmates and gave Php200. Though we’re 6 in the group, I didn’t take any change. It was my sign of gratitude for giving me lunch and taking me to their group. It was sudden but heartfelt. Until we meet again Zamboangueños. Muchisimas gracias! (n_n)