Puka Beach, Boracay Island
Everyone's Dream of Island Paradise means Powdery White Sand Beach, Crystal Clear Azure Blue or Green Waters and EMPTY! (no commercial establishments!) and deserted talcum white and powdery white sand beaches!
well most of the Famous Beaches of the world have the first 2 but not the last one but boracay has a beach area that clings to this notion of Island Paradise, it it PUKA BEACH! This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island so expect the sand to be more coarse than on White Beach. The water tends to be a little rougher on this side of the island but it is much quieter and again NO COMMERCIALISM! so this is you private retreat! You can go to Puka Beach via Tricycle of by Paraw Boats that you rent in Boracay.
I liked this beach more than White Beach.
First of all, almost no one was there. There were a few touts selling the puka shells for not too expensive. I said no thanks.
The sand is a little rougher but the beach is deep (not wide) and the water gets deep fast. The waves are semi-strong and the water went over my head after I walked less than 10 metres into the water. The water was cool and quite clean.
There are some rocks on the side of the beach that could be used for shade from the sun.
There is one local restaurant/cafe right on the beach selling drinks for super cheap. They are friendly and even offered me boat tours for a highly discounted price.
This quiet beach is made of tiny white puka shells thus the name derived. Situated at the northwest of the island and can be reached by bancas( motorboats ) or by motorbikes from the hilly side. Be sure you are a great adventurer if you will do the latter. By boat, takes only about 30 minutes but sometimes there are big waves so it may take more . Have your lunch here. You might be lucky enough when you get very fresh lobster on your plate. For dessert, fresh mangoes and young coconut are the best. Spend the whole afternoon and enjoy its uncrowdedness before going back to White Beach. Our last visit was on April 2008.
My husband and I just went to Boracay (March 21st, 2009) and stayed at the One MGM. The resort was beautiful and quiet just off the beach. I would recommend:
1. Renting a boat to tour the island. This takes about 4 hours but you stop at Puka beach for lunch. However, I would steer clear of the crystal caves. This is nothing but a tourist trap. You have to pay 150 pesos pp (which I know is nothing) but the cave is very small and swarming with tourists. There are no fish when you snorkel out of the cave and the coral is completely damaged and just looks like rocks. It is a total waste of time.
2. Puka Beach was by far the best beach, followed by White Beach near station 1 and Willy's Rock. I am not a fan of lots of seaweed and there was quite a buildup of it along the beach near stations 2 and 3 which also took away from the beautiful photos.
3. Rent a trike to go to Mt. Luho, the lookout pt on the island. It was only about 300 pesos and he took us all over. The view is amazing, you can see the entire outline of the small island!!
4. Get a massage on the beach. It only costs 350 pesos for an hour. I had one at sunset on my last night there and it was absolutely amazing!! Its like they were just giving away free massages at that price!!
Gone island-hopping and snorkelling on a boat around Boracay Island, we made a rest stop and did dive-and-swim at Puka Beach at the northern coast of Boracay. Puka Beach is same clear water and white sand (but not as fine) as in White Beach. And contrastingly not crowded considering this side is far from the touristy part of the island. If you enjoy solitude and away from the madenning crowd, this secluded place is it.
There are houses and stores at the far end of the beach, so better bring food and water provision.
Puka beach is a lot different now with lots of stalls and restos to dine in.We ate at the Puka Grande right infront of the beach.Way back, you need to travel by boat to reach Puka after snorkling but now its just 10-15 mins away by tricycle with paved roads! And you don't have to spend a lot for a boat ride to see puka ,just a few hundreds around 150 to reach it.See how progressive Boracay is?But from the boat,if your lucky,you'll be able to see the flying bats that looked to me like eagles,so no need to go to the bat cave,batman!
The name is because of the puka shells found in this beach. There were people selling puka shells in necklace, etc. My cousin bought a necklace for 300 pesos. Wish I took a picture. Next time. Anwyay Puka beach is not ideal for non swimmers because the "incline" or degree of drop of the beach is more than in White Beach (where you can walk for probably 30+ yards and your head is still not under the water).
Boating - Try to haggle prices when you rent a boat. For a boat good for about 4 people, this will cost about P1,000. Do not pay more than this. This rate will last you about 4 hours. You can snorkel at Crocodile Island, visit Laurel island and Puka Shell Beach.
Massage - If you have the knack for this, try their island massage where authentic coconut oil is used. P300 if done in the beach while this would cost P350 if done in the hotel room. Takes about 45min-1hour. Suggest you have this done in teh sand by the beach for a more island feel.
Full day Island Tour - May cost about P500 that includes use of snorkels, barbeque lunch and round the island tour. Lasts about 6 hours starting at about 10am. There are booking stations along the beach road.
For Parasalining, banana boat rides, jetskis, canoeing, kayaking, etc. you can book these right there by the beach.
Beachcombing is the specialty of this beach...
You might just find that perfect shell pendant you've been looking for...
boating is never complete w/o going to the puka beach...i suggest you take your lunch here..and eat at tesebel's..u can also pick up some famous puka shells here..