Puka Beach | Things to do
Puka Beach is an outcry from Boracay's famous White Beach. Unlike the restaurant, bar, and hotel-studded White Beach, Puka Beach is uninhabited, with only two establishments at one end. The rest of the 800-meter beach is laid-back and raw, lined with a dense forest and some coconut trees. But unlike the impressive powdery white sand and flatness of White Beach, Puka Beach has coarse sand and plunges deeply, reaching up to the waist after only a few meters from the shore. Puka Beach gets its name from puka shells, which are abundant in the area. Before the island became popular for its White Beach, Boracay was first known for its puka shells. The shells were strung into jewelry and decorative items, and reached as far as western countries. Today, such items are still sold among the stalls at the beach entrance. While it is part of the island hopping destinations in Boracay, Puka Beach is best visited for an entire lazy afternoon until sundown. Apart from viewing the sunset, travelers can also catch sightings of fruit bats and the endangered Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, a huge bat endemic to the Philippines. Meanwhile, across Puka Beach lies Carabao Island, yet another paradise island in the Philippines.
Address: Brgy. Yapak, Boracay, Aklan
Business hours: Open everyday, 24 hours.
Entrance fee: Free