Seeing as this was our second trip to Boracay Island, it would be safe to assume that we had seen everything that the island had to offer. That is, however, completely untrue. On our first visit to Boracay, we did absolutely nothing. And I mean, nothing!!! We often think of our first vacation in the Philippines as our honeymoon. Had it not been for our familia being so far away at that stage, Justin and I would have tied the knot way back then. We flew to the Philippines on a whim. We knew nothing about Boracay Island. While there, we didn’t even bother leaving White Beach. We needed nothing other than what we found at Station 2. This was our little romantic spot and we loved it. That was part of the reason that we returned here for our first trip with Elijah. We knew to expect, and with so much of the island still unexplored, we knew that we would never been bored if we did decide to be more adventurous than we had been on our last visit.
We also were not aware what it would be like traveling with a three month old baby. So even though we really wanted to see Palawan (also in the Philippines), we knew that a familiar surrounding would be better. Once we got to Boracay we quickly realized that Elijah was easy-going and pleasant to travel with, but babies need shade and rest so the decision to return to a familiar spot was a wise one. We still did a lot of relaxing on the beach, eating out and walks along the shore, but knowing that we were returning to Boracay for the second time made us intrigued to see more of the island. Although White Beach never fails to impress, we were ready to see some of the other beaches on Boracay. One morning, after breakfast at our hotel, we caught a tricycle to the northeastern side of the island. It was there that we found Puka Beach (aka Yapak Beach).
Staying in one place for the entire duration of a vacation is almost unheard of for us. This fuelled the decision to make a day-trip of the visit to the north of the island. We didn’t have to travel far, but we wanted to stay out as long as we could. We were not completely sure that we would find adequate shade and refreshments, but upon arrival it became clear that there were plenty of both at Puka Beach. This beach is less than 15 minutes away from White Beach. We took a tricycle there for 150 pesos. Our driver wanted to wait for us, but we told him not to since we had no idea how long we would stay. At the entrance to the beach, there are various stalls selling all sorts of beachwear, shells and other souvenirs.
We found this beautiful shell on the beach and decided to take it home as a souvenir. Only later – a bit too late – we found out that you cannot collect or buy shells in the Philippines unless they are from an authorised vendor with a government approved receipt. You will be stopped at the airport and the shells will be confiscated. This shell made it into our main luggage and all the way back to China with us – Oops, we had no idea!
While out exploring, I stopped to talk to a local who was selling souvenirs along the beach. The people here are so friendly, and being able to speak to them in English is a breath of fresh air!
Another big attraction for this beach is the incredible sunset views that it receives. Sunsets are always beautiful on the island, but here they are simply stunning. The colours that appear in the sky are reflected on the water, enhancing the whole experience. Here are a few more pictures of the rest of our amazing day at Puka Shell Beach…
When the sun was completely set, we raced out to the road to make sure there were still some tricycles waiting to take us back to White Beach. We got clever asked some girls to share with us, so the trip back was only 100 pesos. There’s nothing better than a full day out in the sun and then returning to your hotel to shower and change for dinner. We had a fantastic day at Puka Shell Beach and highly recommend it to those vacationing on Boracay Island!