It was around 10 in the morning when we arrived at the island. It was actually an hour later than our ETA. Prior to reaching the island, I wasn’t really expecting that much. I just planned to chill and unwind on the beach. The Great Island of Sta. Cruz took me by surprise. From the calm sea to its azure-turquoise-ic waters--and who'd forget its white sand with a tinge of pink from a certain kind of coral species found there. It was the kind of surprise and escape I needed from the swamped workload I had to face during the past weeks which resulted to several cancelled trips. It was the end of March of 2012, so it's definitely a trip worth the wait!
How to get to the island? Click here.
Here are some of the things that we got to do while on the island--you might want to try them, too:
1) Take pictures. Quite mandatory to have some pictures of yourself and the beachscape especially before you run out of energy because of the blaring sun.
2) Cook/make your food. You can either bring food to the island, or cook it while you are there or, in our case, a local offered to prepare it for us--they sold us seafood and they also prepared it for us. The whole meal only cost Php 120!
3) Play Volleyball. You can play with your friends or, if you are lucky, play with these sizzling hot American navies who were participating in the Balikatan 2012, and who were there just to have fun, too.
4) Souvenirs. There are some common souvenirs like key chains and woodcraft offered by the locals, though I'm not sure if these are black corals. I thought it's ILLEGAL to sell them (or even harvest them from the sea). I still believe that taking photos as a souvenir is the best way to go.
5) Swim. Of course, the very reason why you were going to the beach! Haha.
6) Pose with your military escorts. Booking a trip to Zamboanga helps them design a more efficient security plan for the area, and for every tourists safety of course.
7) Wrestle on the sand. Apparently, this was true to the American Soldiers who went with us. Haha.
8) Endless chat with friends or new found friends with food/drinks under the trees’ shade or cottages.
More about the Zamboanga trip here.