Puka Beach

Puka Beach, so un- Boracay but so awesome!

Aquamarine waters off Puka Beach, Boracay Island

Not as superfine as those in Stations 1, 2 and 3, but still great

Is this still Boracay? I couldn’t believe my eyes. What beach is this? Does this place really exist in Boracay? Where is this place? I asked my companions with bewilderment. PUKA BEACH was the answer.

What a great way to enjoy my holiday in Boracay. Just imagine, a beach in Boracay without the hotels and establishments, without the people and touts, without advertising and other clutter. Instead, you have the sand, the pristine water and trees all to yourself!

Aquamarine water with a lone defoliated branch at the beach. The motorized banca swaying to the waves while anchored to the shore. Blue skies, and the sound of insects and birds in the forest. And I was, WOW! This is my kind of beach!

Sand, sea and banca

Puka shells made into a necklace

While Boracay is known for its sugar fine and powdery white sand, this is true in the long stretch of beach at Stations 1, 2 and 3. However in Puka Beach, its not as fine. Crushed corals and shells litter the shoreline. Pebbles and time smoothened rocks and shards strewn almost everywhere.

But that is its charm. It may not be as perfect as what we know of the world famous Boracay but the absence of commerce, tourists and establishments was just paradise for me.

Where’s the puka shells? You might ask. Don’t bother looking. It might be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. The locals have meticulously combed out the shoreline that its almost impossible to find one. If you’re interested with it, visit the souvenir shops.

Puka Beach is accessible via land, either with private vehicles or hire a tricycle to the place. I’m not sure how much it costs since we went to the place via a hired motorized banca as part of a Boracay boat tour. There are several operators offering such tours. Just contact your hotel’s front desk or ask around.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Earl
    April 25, 2012 @ 9:50

    my wife and I were able to visit puka beach during our honeymoon in 2006. we ate in a restaurant which is walking distance from the beach (i think its name is “tesebel”) where i tasted the best tasting honey-garlic prawn dish ever!

  2. estancabigas
    April 26, 2012 @ 12:21

    @earl, wasn’t able to go beyond Puka since we took the motorized pumpboat. good to know naa diay lami nga kananan diha 🙂

  3. Karl
    April 27, 2012 @ 2:56

    interesting. now i have something to add to my itinerary when i visit boracay soon. everyone i know nakarating na d’un ako na lang hindi pa he-he

  4. estancabigas
    April 27, 2012 @ 9:52

    don’t worry karl, you’re still not alone. hehehe 🙂

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