Puka Beach is at the northern tip of the Island of Boracay. To get to this beautiful, secluded & quiet beach you need to hire a boat or a tricycle. Puka Beach is a lot different from the White Beach which is very commercialized. In this part of the Island, there are more locals & few tourists, no water sports, no fancy restaurants and no luxurious hotels. Very peaceful environment with white sand & blue waters.
This is the place to be if you want to get away from the noise and crowd. The water is so clear, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It’ also a nice spot for a picnic. You can just lay a mat on the sand and have your snacks there and enjoy the serenity of the place with the sound of gently lapping waves. Pure beach relaxation.
Puka Beach was named after the famous Puka Shells. The naturally-formed rounded cone shell fragments with holes in the middle. They were made into necklaces and bracelets and became a major fashion accessory in the 60’s and 70’s. Frank Sinatra was one of the Hollywood celebrities who wore them. I’ve read from an article that it’s puka shells that exposed Boracay Island to the rest of world. An american visitor fashioned them into necklaces and soon the shells found their way into tourist shops in Hawaii where it became popular.
A very interesting restaurant in Puka Beach is the Sea Shore Grill Restaurant. A humble place owned by the locals that serves fresh, grilled seafood. The food is really good, their staff friendly, and the price affordable. We found bead sellers inside and an ice cream vendor that made my son’s eyes twinkle. I asked the bead sellers if they’re selling some Puka Shells but sadly there’s none. I guess a lot were already collected from the beach and sold worldwide. They said all that’s left of puka shells are those mini chandeliers hanging on the store. Oh well.
I was stunned by the driftwood sculpture that surrounded the place which served as the entrance of the resto. I love the way they decorated it with shells, the woods are formed like animal creatures, looking at it I saw images of crocodile, bird, snakes etc. Below is a set of photos dedicated to this favorite site of mine.