Zamboanga's Pink Sand Beach on National Geographic's Best Beaches in the World

US magazine National Geographic has listed the pink sand beach on the Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga as among the best beaches in the world.

“Hardly lacking in gorgeous beaches, the Philippines claims a pink-sand variety, too,” an article by National Geographic writer Kimberley Lovato read.

Lovato cited how the beach claimed to fame for its “blush color” which “comes from billions of pieces of crushed red organ-pipe coral, seen in every handful of sand.”

She also pointed out that the number of visitors to the island is regulated, and suggested readers who want to see the island for themselves that they should make advanced arrangements through the tourist office in Zamboanga.

Last December, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo visited the island to see the pink sand beach for herself and assure tourists that tourism in the Zamboanga Peninsula is safe regardless of the old stigma attached to its name.

“I personally came here because I want people to know that because ‘the Secretary of Tourism was here’, the more they should come here. I would like to show the world that Zamboanga is safe,” Teo said.

Teo, meanwhile, vowed to spearhead efforts to develop the island seeking funding from an agency that used to handle operate it—Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

The island is a 3,425-hectare marine reserve which is believed to be bigger than the country’s 24/7 party island, Boracay. It used to be operated by the TIEZA until it was turned over to the Zamboanga City government in 2011.

Zamboanga's Pink Sand Beach on National Geographic's Best Beaches in the World
Zamboanga's Pink Sand


Other islands on National Geographic’s best beaches in the world list include:

Playa del Amor in Marieta Islands, Mexico

Cathedrals Beach, Ribadeo, Spain

Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles

One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Sunset Beach, Brunswick Islands, North Carolina

Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida

Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia

Lyme Regis, England

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Carmel City Beach, Carme-by-the-Sea, California

Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Pink Beach, Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga, Philippines

Pelican Beach, South Water Caye, Belize

Blue Bay, Mauritius

Cas Abao Beach, Curacao

Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia

Corniche Beach, La Teste-De-Buch, France

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