Other than the main Boracay White Beach and Bulabog Beach, there are many other outstanding and worthwhile minor beaches that surround Boracay island. On the northern most tip of Boracay can be found another secluded beach called the Puka Shell Beach. Its geographic location and topography really makes it a true and genuine gem of Boracay island.
With a beach coast length of about 1,300 meters, Puka Shell Beach is the second stretching beach in Boracay. For quite some time, the area has become a top picnic destination for vacationers. You should stock up and bring enough food and drinks if you go on a picnic there. That is because Puka Shell Beach is isolated and secluded; there might not be enough food joints and bars that can be found within the area. Compared to White Beach, Puka Shell can be easily described as deserted. You can rarely encounter vendors strolling across the beach, though some may be persistent enough to sell ice cream, jewelries and of course, Puka shell beads.
Interestingly, Puka Shell Beach is logically named after puka shells that were popularly collected by the locals in the 1960s to 1980s. The shells were collected and innovatively beaded and bounded to come up with several jewelry pieces that are sold to vacationers. For quite some time, women and children have been making the activity a livelihood source, especially because many tourists simply patronize and adore the simple, hand made and beaded accessories.
As for the main features of the beach, the waters are rougher compared to those found in White Beach. That is why for some time, swimming has not been too advisable in the area. In Puka Shell Beach, water depth is known to quickly and rapidly increase. The waves are stronger and more savage that some say the area is just moderately good for surfing.
The main attraction in the beach is sunset viewing. During this time of the day, it is just easy and relaxing to appreciate the surroundings. The beauty and peacefulness of Puka Shell Beach is simply notable. Many vacationers love the privacy and seclusion of the area, though there is a limited number of accommodation nearby. Thus, some vacationers just travel from other beaches to Puka Shell just to enjoy being in this isolated Boracay beach.
The puka shells are endemic to the beachfront. You will notice that these shells are strategically and perfectly bleached by the sun. They further ornament the white powdery sand. The actual characteristics of puka shells are somehow similar to Puka Shell Beach itself. The shells have porcelain-like finish due to long exposure to the beach and the sun.
To get to Puka Shell Beach, you may need to rent a small native boat called paraw. Riding such small boats will make your further appreciate the beauty of the area. Through land, the beach can be accessed through hiring an inland tricycle, which you could also ask to come back for you at the end of the day since transport is a major problem in the area. If you want some physical challenge, you may opt to bike or hike, which can facilitate different adventures along the way. In any way, your efforts will be justified by the beauty and serenity of the beach.