Boracay brings about images of a busy tropical island teeming with tourists and activities. However, people who have not visited the famous island should be informed that it has a quiet side to it, on the northern shore home to rough waves and deeper waters—Puka Beach.
About the beach
Puka Beach lies on the northern end of Boracay island and is under the jurisdiction of Barangay Yakap. Stretching 800 meters, its name is derived from the famous puka shells abundant on the part of the island, so-called because of the hole in them that translates to “puka” in Hawaiian. The beach is also a pit stop in the island-hopping tours offered at White Beach.
Going to Puka Beach is possible via land or sea. By land, visitors can take a 10-15 minute tricycle or motorbike ride from White Beach. For those looking for a more unique experience, an all-terrain vehicle can be hired for a self-drive. By sea, rent a banca or paraw and sail from White beach departure point around the island until you get to the north.
A trip to this part of the island is popular among vacationers who want a laidback approach for their holiday. The beach is uninhabited, so there are no establishments—resorts, restaurants, hotels, and malls—to ruin the serene view. However, souvenir vendors selling jewellery and souvenirs made from puka shells can be found.
Puka Beach, unlike the famous and bustling White Beach, has grainier and less powdery sand. The intermittent lashing of waves to the shore produce splinters of shells and rocks that define the characteristic composition of the beach’s sand.
Because Puka Beach is almost uninhabited, visitors are allowed to hold picnics, so long as rubbish is cleaned properly. But the lack of establishments also means that they have to bring plenty of provisions relative to the length of stay. For those not on a limited budget, Tesebels, the only restaurant in Puka, prepares delicious seafood dishes for visitors to enjoy.
The tranquility of the beach is perfect for intimate conversations with a loved one—with the heterogeneous sand underneath, the trees behind, the skies above, and the vast ocean in front.
Tips for visiting
Visitors during low season are advised to arrange to be picked-up from Puka beach by making arrangements with drivers at an agreed time to avoid being stranded at the location.
Swimming in the waters of Puka is not advised because of the imminent dangers brought by its depth and roughness, which even gives boatmen a difficult time in anchoring their sailboats to the shore.
Visitors are advised to apply sun-protective lotion, especially during the hotter hours of the day.
Puka Beach shows that a tropical island vacation does not have to be all buzz and activity. With the hard-to-find serenity and untouched picture that it offers, this part of the island can surely make even the game and bubbly holidaymakers reflect on the nature-endowed beauty of Boracay island.