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En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island

 

En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
The other boat going to the island
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island



Going to Great Sta. Cruz Island started with load and loads of waiting at the mini pier of Paseo del Mar, one sunny morning in Zamboanga. It was around 8am when we arrived at Paseo del Mar, and we waited for our boat since several passengers got there ahead of us and were scheduled to leave first, obviously. The fare was Php 1000 per boat. Luckily, since there were only three of us going to the island, we were able to share it with six other people we met at the pier.





En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Taking some pictures while waiting for our boat with a new found friend
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island




En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
The mini pier to Sta Cruz
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island

Waiting for our boat, we decided to take photos in Paseo. After all, it was a very lovely day and the scenery of the beach, some coconut trees and a very bright sun made it all perfect.

En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Greeted with a beautiful day in Paseo del Mar
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island

At around 9am, we were finally in our boat to to Sta. Cruz Island. It was quite small, that I thought a little imbalance would turn it upside down. The nine of us in there with the boat man and our military escorts were all set and ready for a beautiful day.

En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Now, was I exaggerating how calm the water was?
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island


Passing through the calm waters of Celebes Sea, it was quite amazing. I have done several island hopping and this was quite different. The water was so blue, calm, and part of the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands were covered with fog that it felt like there’s a mystery of the place waiting for you to discover. I just couldn’t stop taking photos even if my camera wasn’t protected from the salt water. Haha


En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Foggy view from the boat of The Little Sta Cruz Island
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island

Finally, a glimpse of the Great Sta. Cruz Island was in our view and I thought that the wait was really worth it.

En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Sta Cruz, at last :)
En Route : The Great Sta Cruz Island
Note: Boat reservations to to Sta. Cruz can be made in Zamboanga's tourism office weekdays.





 



Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
Elal is a traveler, student of life and photography enthusiast who wants to experience and capture what is raved and not raved about. For more about her travels, subscribe here, email at elal.lasola@gmail.com, or visit her portfolio.

12 comments:

Christian | LAKAD Pilipinas said...

panay ang lakbay ah :)

nasubukan ko rin dati yang strangely calm sea, kaso gabi naman, with only the moon as our light, creepy :P

Elal Jane Lasola said...

Hindi na po ako naglalakwatsa. Wla nang funds. Mga late posts po ito :P

Natry ko mag boat ride ng gabi dahil sa firefly watching, I agree, hindi sya masaya. Skeri. :|

Manong Unyol said...

hi ang ganda ng mga photos, ang mahal kc magtravel kailangan talaga ng medyu mas malaking halaga para sulit talga :)

Elal Jane Lasola said...

Minsan pwede din magtravel ng sulit. Research ka lang ahead of time :)

Wander Shugahh said...

Ang ganda ng photos elal! :) This is one of my dream destination din <3 I cant wait for our trip next year!

RM Bulseco said...

Waaaa I should've visited this island tung niadto ko Zamboanga last year :/

Elal Jane Lasola said...

Mao! Lingaw sya bisag pirting inita :)

Elal Jane Lasola said...

@wander shugahh: thanks shugahh! :D weee i hope you'll have a good time :)

juneosidabenitez said...

ganda lang how the water reflects the sky..blueng blue. :D

Elal Jane Lasola said...

it was indeed one lovely day last march :) thanks june!

valerie said...

stunning pictures! I've never been back to Zamboanga since my toddler years. So this makes me feel really bad for not experiencing any of its natural beauty. keep posting! :)

Elal Jane Lasola said...

Glad that I went on a very fine day there :)

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