Puka Beach was named after the famous Puka Shells which were popular as jewelry in the 60's and 70's. Such large numbers of them were collected from the beach that sadly there are hardly any left now.
This is a nice place to spend an afternoon - much more peaceful than White Beach. There are a few bead sellers around, and sometimes even an ice-cream vendor, but generally you'll be left in peace. You'll need to bring snacks or a picnic, some cold drinks, and snorkel gear. Look out for the cave too.
Be aware that there can be strong currents here, and the beach drops off quite sharply into the sea. Don't swim or snorkel too far out if you are not a confident swimmer. We sailed to Puka Beach with Captain Joey from Red Pirates. We had a BBQ on the beach and a cooler full of beer - everything we needed really! Be sure to bring your camera to catch the sunset as you sail back.
Experience Filipino Delicacies!
While you are here, you may be asked to try some of the more unusual local specialties. One popular delicacy is Balut - a young duck embryo cooked in its shell. While this is certainly not to everyone's taste, it's worth a try - it's not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac! You can buy it from one if the vendors on the beach in the evening, they usually have bags of peanuts and pork crackling (known as chicharon, served with spicy vinegar - a popular bar snack) for sale too.
Another thing you may not be familiar with is Lechon - a whole pig roasted on a spit. These are usually eaten at parties (for obvious reasons), and the crispy skin is a popular treat, although I find the meat very fatty.
You may come across siopao (a sort of white bread bun filled with meat and gravy sauce), which I think is pretty tasty. But be prepared to see a chicken's foot ("adidas") or a strip of intestines on a stick for sale at a barbecue stand.
And should you see a sign advertising "Soup Number 5" proceed with caution as I am told it contains bulls testicles!
Be adventurous - have a try, but if you really can't, remember to refuse politely so as not to offend anyone.
This is not actually a sport I'm any good at, but some of my friends do go regularly, and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves. I'm told the courts are in need of a bit of repair. It costs P150 per hour to play. You can rent equipment from T & T, or bring your own.
Go to the other side of the island
We used the path of D'Mall going to the other side of the island. No people aside from few locals who live nearby. There's one resort that we passed by though with few guests. There is a piece of island connected to it. We went there and on the tip of this small island gives you a very good view of the sea,
Bought some San Miguel tshirts here. Only place on island that I could find selling these tees. Good quality tees so price of shirts not so cheap. Sales girl very friendly and helpful. Although you can't haggle the price down, she was kind enough to give me a lower price for sizes 3x and 4x because the sizes I really wanted weren't available. Souvenir men's/women's clothing, local craft, art, gifts, toys, etc....