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8 spectacular beaches with unusually colored sand

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2014, 6:27 a.m.
Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines

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Great Santa Cruz Island, Philippines

Great Santa Cruz Island, a small land mass not far from the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, features some of the more brightly colored beach sands on earth. Actually, when seen from afar, the sand does not appear pink. However, up-close, it has a speckled color that has been compared to cherry blossoms. Even people who are unimpressed by the color of the sand praise its fine, soft texture.  

The pink hue of the beach on Great Santa Cruz Island comes from a mixture of white coral sand and sediment from bright red pipe organ coral that is very common in the waters around Zamboanga. The light pipe organ coral particles wash ashore after being ground down by the tides.