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.