Pink Sand Beaches in the Philippines to visit this 2020

Are you preparing for your dream vacation this 2020? Make your trips more colorful by visiting the fantastic sand beaches in the Philippines.

How did these beaches become pink?

The magic of nature makes these shores pink. The color came from crushed shells of Foraminifera, which are microscopic protists like algae and amoeba.

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Foraminifera shells make the sand pink. (Image from J&T Concierge Monaco)

When these invertebrates die, their shells sink to the ocean’s bottom and are washed ashore after many years. Red corals also contribute to the sand’s color.

Pink Sand Beaches in the Philippines to visit this 2020

Great Santa Cruz Island (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur)

National Geographic cited the beach of Zamboanga as one of the “21 Best Beaches in the World” in an article published on January 18, 2017.

Pink Sand Beach of Sta Cruz Island
Pink Sand Beach of Sta Cruz Island (Image from Facebook)

Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand. The island, located 4 kilometers south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait.

Sila Island (San Vicente, Northern Samar)

Sila Beach is located in Northern Samar on the eastern portion of the island-town, San Vicente. Northern Samar is one of the provinces in the Eastern part of the Visayas.

Sila Island (San Vicente, Northern Samar)
Sila Island in San Vicente, Northern Samar. (Image from Pinterest)

When the sun is at its hottest and brightest, the beach reveals another more saturated reddish shade. 

Subic Beach (Matnog, Sorsogon)

on Calintaan Island is only four minutes away from mainland Sorsogon. It offers a mix of and red-colored particles produced by crushed red corals and creamy white sand. It also has an underwater cave, the Calintaan Cave, which opens into a one-of-kind cove.

Subic Beach (Matnog, Sorsogon)
in Matnog, Sorsogon (Image from TripZilla Philippines)

You can also check out other pink sand beaches such as Comiran Island (Balabac, Palawan), Parola Island (Panganiban, Camarines Norte), Cape San Agustin (Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental), and Tikling Island (Matnog, Sorsogon).