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Exploring the Lagoon on Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots and Attractions

A popular birding site where migratory birds love to go to is the famous Las Islas de Sta. Cruz Islands, located off the coast of Zamboanga City. We went there on the first day of Zamboanga City Bird Festival 2016 last February 22-24, 2016. From Paseo del Mar, we took a motorized boat and after about 15-20 minutes we arrived at the mouth of the lagoon where a small community of the Sama Banguingui tribe is located.

2nd Zamboanga City Bird Festival

We transferred on a paddle boat and explored the lagoon teeming with lush mangroves such as tindog-tindog, pototan and other mangrove species (I hope I got the names right. Hehehe!).

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots and Attractions

This huge mangrove is about a hundred years old according to our guide.

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Sir Richard our guide from the Zamboanga City Tourism Office explained to us the different types of mangroves that can be found in the lagoon.

Zamboanga City Tourist Spots and Attractions

As a favorite site among migratory birds, We also saw some Purple Herons, Egrets, Philippines Wild Ducks and other species of birds while exploring the lagoon.

2nd Zamboanga City Bird Festival

2nd Zamboanga City Bird Festival

We also saw some sting-less jelly fishes! And they were a lot! Yey!

Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

The lagoon is where the local residents grow some agar-agar and lato seaweeds. Yum!!! Pang-salad! Hehehe!

Bird Watching at the Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

Bird Watching at the Lagoon on Sta Cruz Island Zamboanga City

When visiting the lagoon, be sure to schedule your trip during high tide so that the boat can pass through the lush mangroves.

2nd Zamboanga City Bird Festival

Exploring the lagoon on a paddle boat is one of the best experiences I had on my recent visit in Zamboanga City. Watch the video below to have a glimpse of our experience.

Exploring the Lagoon on Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Exploring the Lagoon on Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Posted by Pinoy AdvenTurista on Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Video taken with Supremo 1 Action Camera

This is one of the many things to do and experience in Zamboanga City. Don't miss it when visiting "Asia's Latin City!"


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