A snaking sandbar at Little Sta. Cruz Island

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Snaking sandbar as seen from near the tip
Snaking sandbar as seen from near the tip

It was such a sight to behold: in aquamarine waters, a long snakelike sandbar stretching for a hundred meters before disappearing into the sea with the waves coming at both sides and meeting in the middle. The view was like an echo of that Moses’s parting of the sea, except that this was just a natural sandbar at the Little Sta. Cruz Island.

For those who do not know, there are two islands off Zamboanga City. The bigger one, Greater Sta. Cruz Island is for tourists and visitor where they can swim and spend a few hours. The little one is actually off limits. Despite the beautiful water, you need permission to go there as this is a research area and swimming is not even allowed.

But, thank heavens, we got permission to visit Little Sta. Cruz after a short frolic at the other bigger island. As we got nearer, the more excited we got as the deep blue water gave way to aquamarine and that beautiful view of the sandbar which is only visible during low tide.

Too bad, it would have been a very nice place to swim as well as go explore around the island but our time was quite limited and permission not total that we had to leave.

The bangkero before docking
The bangkero before docking
Our outrigger boat approaching Little Sta. Cruz island
Our outrigger boat approaching Little Sta. Cruz island
Ice like waters!
Ice like waters!
Pristine waters, glorious white sand
Pristine waters, glorious white sand
The meeting of the sea!
The meeting of the sea!
The long snake like sandbar as seen from the isand
The long snake like sandbar as seen from the isand
Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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