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Guidebook for Zamboanga

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Guidebook for Zamboanga

Sightseeing
Check out the list below for great places to see in Zamboanga.
The Great Santa Cruz Island must be included in tour bucket list. Featuring its unique pinkish sand, its situated in Basilan Strait, just off the coast of the city proper and around four kilometers or merely 20 minutes boat ride from Paseo del Mar, are the twin islands of Sta. Cruz. The smaller one called Little Sta. Cruz is restricted to public because it is being used as a military camp while the bigger island, called Sta. Cruz Grande, is the one we usually see in photos as the famed pink sand beach of Zamboanga. It is just a tiny island inhabited by small community of Badjaos, open to general public but only on arrangement with the City Tourism Office of Zamboanga. Why pink? Here’s the culprit! But what makes the beach pink? Well it is because of the crushed red corals known as organ pipe corals (Tubipora musica) that blend well with the sand making it look like color pink specially on broad daylight. If you walk along the beach, there’s a good chance that you’ll see these corals that are washed ashore. The waters surrounding the islands are protected area teeming with vivid marine life, an ideal site for scuba diving and snorkeling. The City Tourism Office have dive guides and can also arrange the dive prior to reservation, you may contact Dive Master Raymond of DoT Zamboanga at +63926-3721457. There is no accommodation on the island and camping isn’t allowed. How to Get to Santa Cruz Island Guests who wish to visit the island can go to City Tourism Office in Zamboanga City’s Paseo del Mar, prior reservation is not required. The boat costs P1,000 round trip, good for 1-10 people, additional P100 per person is charged in excess of 10. Entrance fee of P20 and terminal fee of P5 are also collected for every guest. There are also cottages in the island that can be rented: P100 (small, good for 6 persons), P200 (large, good for 10 persons) and P500 (pavilion, good for 15-30 persons). Expect to have armed police officers to guard and assist you during your trip.
Grande Santa Cruz Island
The Great Santa Cruz Island must be included in tour bucket list. Featuring its unique pinkish sand, its situated in Basilan Strait, just off the coast of the city proper and around four kilometers or merely 20 minutes boat ride from Paseo del Mar, are the twin islands of Sta. Cruz. The smaller one called Little Sta. Cruz is restricted to public because it is being used as a military camp while the bigger island, called Sta. Cruz Grande, is the one we usually see in photos as the famed pink sand beach of Zamboanga. It is just a tiny island inhabited by small community of Badjaos, open to general public but only on arrangement with the City Tourism Office of Zamboanga. Why pink? Here’s the culprit! But what makes the beach pink? Well it is because of the crushed red corals known as organ pipe corals (Tubipora musica) that blend well with the sand making it look like color pink specially on broad daylight. If you walk along the beach, there’s a good chance that you’ll see these corals that are washed ashore. The waters surrounding the islands are protected area teeming with vivid marine life, an ideal site for scuba diving and snorkeling. The City Tourism Office have dive guides and can also arrange the dive prior to reservation, you may contact Dive Master Raymond of DoT Zamboanga at +63926-3721457. There is no accommodation on the island and camping isn’t allowed. How to Get to Santa Cruz Island Guests who wish to visit the island can go to City Tourism Office in Zamboanga City’s Paseo del Mar, prior reservation is not required. The boat costs P1,000 round trip, good for 1-10 people, additional P100 per person is charged in excess of 10. Entrance fee of P20 and terminal fee of P5 are also collected for every guest. There are also cottages in the island that can be rented: P100 (small, good for 6 persons), P200 (large, good for 10 persons) and P500 (pavilion, good for 15-30 persons). Expect to have armed police officers to guard and assist you during your trip.
Pasonanca Park
Food scene
One of the best sea food restaurants in town, check out the Alavar seafood Restaurant for great seafood, Don Alfaro street, Phone: +63 62 991 2483
Alavar Seafood Restaurant
One of the best sea food restaurants in town, check out the Alavar seafood Restaurant for great seafood, Don Alfaro street, Phone: +63 62 991 2483
Mouth watering local cuisine and offers a great of Filipino dishes.
Mano-Mano na Greenfields
Mouth watering local cuisine and offers a great of Filipino dishes.