Great Santa Cruz Island is 4 km (2.49 mi) south of downtown Zamboanga City, on the Basilan Strait. This island has a pink sand beach and it is famous for being the only one in Asia. Great Santa Cruz Island is an island in Zamboanga City in the southern part of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand. The island, located 4 km (2.49 mi) south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in Asia and in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand. The growing articles by bloggers who come to the island has renewed interests to the island. Today, the island is popular to foreign tourists because of its pink sand beach making it famous for being the only one in Asia.