Colourful 'vinta' sail boat in the Philippines 12 Jun 2017
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At the extreme south-west tip of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines lies Zamboanga City, over 800km from Manila, it is the gateway to a set of even more far-flung islands, the Sulu Archipelago.
Zamboanga City is known for its colourful vinta boats, made by the Baja and Moros peoples. Just a 30-minute pump boat ride from Zamboanga port is the (tiny) Great Santa Cruz Island, with its pinkish sand beaches coloured by pulverised organ-pipe coral. The surrounding turquoise seas host an extensive variety of coral formations, which in turn support a medley of tropical fish.
This article was originally published on 18 September, 2015