Boracay: Puka Beach Is Named After The Puka Shell
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
"...But he will never be back," a Korean tourist waiting for her love
Just another day for these two kids playing on the beach...just another day living in Boracay
Near 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
La Carmela de Boracay
Boracay Lake Town Bar and Restaurant
Seafood in Boracay
White Beach Pictures
posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:59 PM,
- At Jul 8, 2008, 6:04:00 PM, 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, 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, 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, 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, jasperjugan said...
i never knew it existed! wahhhh
- At Jul 10, 2008, 5:23:00 PM, 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, acey said...
the shell accessories i have to see! :)
- At Jul 10, 2008, 10:26:00 PM, 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, 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, Traveler on foot said...
It has been raining lately. I miss the sun. I miss beach.
- At Jul 11, 2008, 11:54:00 AM, 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, Ethyl Alcohol said...
i love the name Puka. :)
- At Jul 11, 2008, 9:55:00 PM, 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, 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, said...
Great post. But isn't Puka Beach on the northern side of Boracay?
- At Jul 18, 2008, 10:27:00 PM, 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, 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, tutubi said...
pieterbie, not too many tourists there,mostly foreigners and people from island-hopping itinerary
- At Jun 1, 2013, 3:29:00 PM, 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, backpacking philippines said...
Dave, yes, must be an inverted compass :( there's no problem copy/pasting here on Firefox. what browser are you using?