Sta. Cruz Island
Location: Zamboanga City
City: Zamboanga City
Region : Region IX Zamboanga Peninsula
Great Sta. Cruz Island Known for its pinkish sand beach which gets its unique hue from coral bits washed up from the sea bottom. On the island is a fishing village, a lagoon, and an old Muslim burial ground. Characterized by extensive and varied aquatic life, coral heads and rocks support a wide array of tropical fish. The island is ideal for swimming, skin/scuba diving, beachcombing, and sunbathing. Facilities on the island include dressing rooms, toilets, picnic sheds, and cooking areas. As it is a coral island, drinking water is not readily available. As such, swimmers are advised to take along drinking water and food. They are also advised to wear canvas or plastic shoes/slippers to protect their feet from sharp rocks and coral shards. Sta. Cruz Island is 15 minutes away from either the Lantaka Hotel or the Golf course beach at 600/trip (roundtrip) in a vessel which carries 6-15 persons. It is only about 4 kilometers from Zamboanga mainland Entrance fee is P20/person and shed rentals range from P100 - P500.