Great Santa Cruz Island – Pink Beach of Zamboanga
A small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand.
The Great and Little Santa Cruz Islands are, arguably, this city’s best beaches, and one of the country’s best island beaches destination.
In its ideal natural state, there is no comparison to the uniquely beautiful “pinkish” sand (a coloration effect of pulverized rare red Organ-pipe Coral ( tubipora musica ) from eons of surf erosion mixed in with the white sand) and colorful coral reef just a few feet away from the shore of the Great Santa Cruz Island.
The nearby Little Santa Cruz Island has beautiful white sand instead, and is a military installation.
Hardly lacking in gorgeous beaches, the Philippines claims a pink-sand variety, too.
The blush color comes from billions of pieces of crushed red organ-pipe coral, seen in every handful of sand. The number of visitors to the island is regulated, and advance arrangements should be.