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!
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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