Southern Philippines summer destination – Great Sta. Cruz Island PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:07

2014 summer is kicking in. And before you plan to spend summer fun out of our city, I hope you can visit our Great Sta. Cruz Island too with your family, friends, and visitors. Two days ago, a national newspaper published and made it the number one list among the recommended 16 Southern Summer Escapades in Mindanao.

Unlike in the past, it is now more convenient to go to Sta. Cruz Island today. First register at the City Tourism Booth in Paseo del Mar (back of Centro Latino) where the Sta. Cruz jetty port is also located.  Cost is very affordable. The boat round trip to Sta. Cruz Island is only P100 per person. The island entrance fee is P25 per person. Cottage rental is P100, P200, and P300 depending on the size of the cottage.

There is no restaurant or canteen there yet, so bring your own food and drinks. For sea food trippers, local fisher folks there are offering fresh fish that they can grill or crab that they can broil for an extra fee.

Way back in 2012, Sta. Cruz Island was featured as Zamboanga City’s premiere tourist destination in the Exposition:  “The Living Ocean and Coast” held in Yeosu, South Korea. The Philippine pavilion won two gold medals for creative display and theme development in the small pavilion category in this event. Philippine colorful beaches were the highlights. Together with pink island Sta. Cruz Island were the white sand of Boracay, the brown sand of San Lorenzo in Guimaras and the black sand of Sto. Domingo in Albay.

Our security conscious City Mayor Beng Salazar has also beefed up the security measures in and around the two Sta. Cruz Islands -- Great and Little -- not only to safeguard the residents and visitors but also to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the islands. The Great Island is open to the general public while the Little Sta. Cruz Island is home to a detachment  of the Philippine Navy’s Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM). For more details and coordination, call the Zamboanga Tourism Office at 992-3009.

By Dante Corteza

Genesis 1:21. “So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”