While the Philippines is quite famous for its pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters, many of us have no idea that there are actually pink beaches in some islands of the country, too! One of these is Pink Beach on Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga, southern Philippines which was recently named by the National Geographic as one of the best beaches in the world!
Entitled “21 Best Beaches in the World” and having an opening line of “Find perfection in these places where land meets water”, the article shares some of the best beaches in the world.
“Hardly lacking in gorgeous beaches, the Philippines claims a pink-sand variety, too. The blush color comes from billions of pieces of crushed red organ-pipe coral, seen in every handful of sand,” wrote the National Geographic.
While many would have expected the beaches in Boracay or Palawan to be included in this list, it seems that the site wanted to pick something unique.
Indeed, many of us have no idea that pink beaches even exist in the Philippines! And while the local government surely feels proud about their rare beach, they are enforcing strict rules to ensure that the place remains as pristine and undeveloped as possible.
According to the article, “The number of visitors to the island is regulated, and advance arrangements should be made through the tourist office in Zamboanga.”
This was also confirmed in article on the Out of Town Blog which revealed that aside from limiting visitors on the island, the beach is only open from morning until 2 PM. Afterwards, tourists have to leave – and they should really leave because there are no accommodations on the island and overnight camping is also strictly prohibited.
It’s great that the local government is taking steps to ensure that the island remains beautiful and intact but it would surely be great to visit this place and check out for ourselves the beautiful pink sand beach…
What are you waiting for? Let’s go!