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    Boracay: Puka Beach Is Named After The Puka Shell

    At the northern end of Boracay Island away from the main white beach where almost all tourists converge lies Puka Beach, so called after the sought after puka shells that abound in the place.

    Unknown to many, puka shells are pieces of cone snail shells while puka is the Hawaiian word for hole. Puka shell jewelries are famous blings of travelers due to the old legend the people wearing them would be safe for a long journey. As such, authentic puka shells are much sought after by jewelers and travelers alike.

    The last beach visited by Tutubi in Boracay, Puka Beach is unlike the touristy White Beach, the backpacker and windy Bulabog Beach and the upscale Diniwid Beach, with it's waves and off-the-beaten track location on the island.

    a coconut husk marooned on the beach, if it was a volleyball, might remind you of Wilson in Castaway

    boracay romantic beach"...But he will never be back," a Korean tourist waiting for her love

    boracay puka beachJust another day for these two kids playing on the beach...just another day living in Boracay

    boracay puka beachNear the entrance of Puka beach are many stalls (tiangge) selling souvenirs at much lower price than those sold on White Beach particularly puka shell jewelries and trinkets

    How to get to Puka Beach:

    Puka Beach is one of the destinations of island-hopping tours peddled by boatmen on White Beach. For budget conscious travelers, you may hire a tricycle, usually for an hourly rate, to take you there. It's quite near Diniwid Beach.

    Please see also:

    How to get to Boracay
    Things to do in Boracay
    Cheap Boracay Package
    Boracay Courtyard
    La Carmela de Boracay
    Boracay Lake Town Bar and Restaurant
    Seafood in Boracay
    Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing
    White Beach Pictures
    Diniwid Beach

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:59 PM,


    At Jul 8, 2008, 6:04:00 PM, Blogger Toe said...

    Oh, I remember Puka Beach... it was much more interesting for me than the white beach. Oh, so that's what puka means... I thought that it was any blings made of shells. :)

    At Jul 8, 2008, 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    Looks like a paradise island - how nicely you've captured the warm atmosphere in the white sand.

    Its look a bit like what I call Strawberry Place to me :-)

    At Jul 9, 2008, 6:20:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    I would love to browse through the stalls after a long walk by the beach. A destination must.

    At Jul 9, 2008, 1:28:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    who would not love the live in that beautiful island! i learn to love this side of the island.

    At Jul 9, 2008, 6:39:00 PM, Blogger jasperjugan said...

    i never knew it existed! wahhhh

    At Jul 10, 2008, 5:23:00 PM, Blogger eunice said...

    I love beautiful islands! I can feel the cool sea breeze now.. and can hear the sound of gentle waves...


    At Jul 10, 2008, 10:19:00 PM, Blogger acey said...

    the shell accessories i have to see! :)

    At Jul 10, 2008, 10:26:00 PM, Blogger watson said...

    I have been to Boracay three times but I have never been to Puka Beach! Waaaah.

    At Jul 11, 2008, 2:50:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    I beaches that aren't too cramped with tourists. Those stalls selling puka necklaces are quite colorful :)

    At Jul 11, 2008, 5:02:00 AM, Anonymous Traveler on foot said...

    It has been raining lately. I miss the sun. I miss beach.

    At Jul 11, 2008, 11:54:00 AM, Blogger zherwin said...

    the last time we went there, one of our companions in the island hopping tour was reprimanded by the guard watching over the beach as she brought with her a plastic bag full of shells, bawal yun!

    this is the silent part of boracay, although the waves can sometimes be huge and strong.

    At Jul 11, 2008, 8:58:00 PM, Blogger Ethyl Alcohol said...

    i love the name Puka. :)

    At Jul 11, 2008, 9:55:00 PM, Blogger Vlado&Toni said...

    i didn't know they have stalls in puka beach like the ones shown here. i haven't been there for a long time now probably. before there were just about 2 vendors selling their necklaces. times have changed indeed! it reminds me of mines view park in baguio in a way. i was so surprised to see the market there the last time.

    At Jul 13, 2008, 1:47:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    toe, i, too, like it better than white beach

    rennyba, love your post about strawberry place :P

    photo cache, boracay shopping, eh?

    the dong, living in a famous island is a good idea but it's far from my work :(

    jasper, visit it next time

    eunice, why not visit the philippines next time?

    acey, another shopping spree for you? :P

    watson, seems you got to see the main beach...pity...there's always a next time

    bw, will post piccs of them up close later

    traveler on foot, and so do i

    zherwin, it's illegal to gather stones and sand on the island. I also prefer waves than a swimming pool like beach

    ethyl alcohol, puka that character? :P

    valdo and toni, there are also a few resorts in Puka Beach...will posts items on sale later

    At Jul 18, 2008, 9:10:00 AM, Anonymous TheWanderingAngel said...

    Great post. But isn't Puka Beach on the northern side of Boracay?

    At Jul 18, 2008, 10:27:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    wanderingangel, oh yes its on the northern side of Bora. thanks for the heads up

    At Jul 29, 2008, 2:35:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Hmm, looks like a pretty attractive place to me. Your photos show it near to deserted, but the stalls tell me that quite some tourists pass there.

    At Jul 29, 2008, 10:50:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    pieterbie, not too many tourists there,mostly foreigners and people from island-hopping itinerary

    At Jun 1, 2013, 3:29:00 PM, Anonymous Dave (Silverbackpacker) said...

    Puka Beach is at northern end of Boracay !!!!!!! not aa described....... At the southern end of Boracay Island away from the main white beach where almost all tourists converge lies Puka Beach,
    BTW why make it hard to copy/paste from your site?? control+U gets anyone into the backend of the post....

    At Jun 3, 2013, 9:52:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    Dave, yes, must be an inverted compass :( there's no problem copy/pasting here on Firefox. what browser are you using?


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