Boracay’s Punta Bunga, beach w/o the crowds

A quite and beautiful beach in Boracay without the crowds

A quite and beautiful beach in Boracay without the crowds

Sol Marina's beach side path that leads to Punta Bunga Beach

Sol Marina’s beach side path that leads to Punta Bunga Beach

A Boracay beach without the crowds. A private white sand strip that I can have all to myself. And I am not complaining.

The first time I saw Punta Bunga and I was just mesmerized with its pristine condition, powdery white sand and turquoise waters. But the best thing? There were no crowds of people hogging every space of the beach. In fact, it was quite.

I like to people watch and Boracay is the best place to do this, especially at Stations 1-3. But swim? I am selfish and prefer a quite strip with no children laughing, no bodies littering the sand, or rowdy friends screaming and shouting.

It was like Puka Beach all over again but with finer sand. So inviting was the beach that I just couldn’t resist and plunged into the cool water. At 5 feet, I can still see my feet below. It’s that glassy clear, just like what I experienced in Buluan Island.

I just floated in the water, dove down, albeit shallow. Or just reveled at the peace and quite of such a beautiful beach. I didn’t mind getting sunburned. All I cared was that I was there in Boracay in a semi private beach and I had it all to myself.

Hut and massage kiosks

Hut and massage kiosks

Punta Bunga is located at the northern part of Boracay and is shared by Shangri-la on the right side and Sol Marina (formerly Club Panoly) on the left side. The latter is undergoing an ambitious 700M renovation with the aim of transforming one of Boracay’s popular resort that had seen its glory days into one of the must modern yet relaxing getaway.

While construction was in full swing, the beach was just too beautiful that I completely ignored what’s going on at the resort and just enjoyed the waters.

Where's the crowd?

Where’s the crowd?

I just love the peace and quite of this beach. When construction in Sol Marina, my host for this stay, will be finished in the middle of next year, expect that amenities will be so much better. But this beach is really it’s gem, the best I’ve been to in Boracay.

A Boracay beach all to myself

A Boracay beach all to myself

Nothing beats a relaxing stay at Sol Marina’s Punta Bunga Beach. After covering the Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival, it was really a summer vacation for this photographer/blogger.

Sol Marina Resort
Punta Bunga Cove, Barangay Yapak,
Boracay Island, Malay Aklan
Tel: (036) 288-2256 or (036) 288-2289
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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. Claire | Traveling Light
    May 15, 2013 @ 18:12

    Boracay without the crowds – beautiful. Our accommodation was at Diniwid Beach when we were there. Beautiful and quiet too. =)

  2. estancabigas
    May 15, 2013 @ 18:51

    Thnx Claire. Will check that one when im back there.

  3. Bonzenti,Con Tour
    May 16, 2013 @ 17:27

    Akala ko crowded na ang mga beaches sa Boracay bai. Meron pa palang ganito dun. This place is really one of our dream destinations by 2014.

  4. estancabigas
    May 16, 2013 @ 17:39

    Bai, naa pa Puka Beach pud 🙂

  5. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    June 1, 2013 @ 22:31

    With a beach like that I think I’d have died and went to beach heaven. I remember Boracay way back when we had our very first visit minus the crowds and the noise, juts pure beach bliss. =)

  6. estancabigas
    June 2, 2013 @ 12:54

    I feel you! hehehe

  7. [email protected]
    March 13, 2014 @ 16:34

    Hi estan, ‘yung far right ba sa photo is shangri-la boracay? I think nakapag-swim na ako dito if it is.. hehehe. wala ngang katao tao dito.

  8. estancabigas
    March 14, 2014 @ 0:21

    Izah, yes, that’s Shang 🙂

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