Located in the southern region of the Philippines, Santa Cruz is actually made of two islands which are Great Santa Cruz Island and Little Santa Cruz Island. The island is famous for the only beach in the Philippines with pink sand caused of the residue of the red organ pipe coral being eroded and getting mixed with the sand. Only Great Santa Cruz is open to the public and it is a great place for diving or snorkeling to view the beautiful corals and marine life. There are cottages and cabins that can be rented for a fair price, including changing rooms and restrooms as well. While there are no restaurants in the area, you will find vendors selling fresh seafood that you can select that they will grill or prepare for you. Little Santa Cruz is currently used as a military base, and when taking the boat ride to the island tourists will be accompanied by security. The island is also inhabited by the Sama-Banguigui tribe. There is a beautiful lagoon surrounded by mangrove forest that is home to the island’s wildlife.
More than 3 hours.
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families or children
Organ pipe coral, pink sand, wildlife, the lagoon
Muslim travelers to Santa Cruz Island might be able to find Mosques near the location by asking locals since there is a Muslim population in Zamboanga and on Great Santa Cruz. Some mosques include the Kasanyanga Mosque, Seaside mosque and the Taluksangay Mosque in Zamboanga city, If not outdoor spaces can be used as prayer facilities at the island.
There will be Halal food at the island since there is a Muslim population. Muslim travelers to Santa Cruz can bring their own meals and snacks. There are no Halal restaurants near beaches but you can still ask more information from the locals. You will find vendors selling fresh seafood that you can buy and get them to prepare for you. However, most of the Halal restaurants are in Zamboanga city.