White Beach is not the only sandy stretch to check out while you’re in Boracay. Puka Shell (also known as Yapak Beach) is arguably, the second most popular beach on the island. It is usually quieter and serene on Puka Shell, so it’s a great spot to escape from the crowd while on Boracay. Puka Shell Beach is located on the northern side of the island, and can be reached through a couple of ways.
Here are some of the ways on how to get to Puka Beach, Boracay:
1. On a Boat Tour
A number of boat tours from White Beach offer Puka Shell Beach as one of their destinations. The disadvantage of going for this kind of tour to Puka is the limited time you’ll spend on the beach, as the beach is just one of many stops during the usual 4-hour boat ride.
2. On a Tricycle
Puka Shell Beach is definitely worth spending the day at, especially if you are looking to just relax, swim and enjoy the beach scenery. Aside from a boat tour, you can easily get here by taking a tricycle from White Beach. If you want to save some money, you can take one of the electric tricycles, which operate like buses that pick up and drop off passengers in certain stops. The fare to Puka Beach on one of the electric tricycles will be around 50 pesos or less depending on where you are picked-up.
You also have the option to hire a motor-powered tricycle to take you directly to Puka. Of course, you are expected to pay much more as you are not sharing the “trike” with anyone else. Don’t hesitate to negotiate with the driver the cost before you agree to hop on. Take note that your negotiating power will be diminished during high season, when the passenger demand is high and unsuspecting tourists agree to ridiculous rates.
Returning from Puka Beach to White Beach, Boracay
You can easily hire a tricycle to return to White Beach. Walk to the main road near the beach entrance and wait for an electric tricycle. But take note that you will need to be patient as they don’t follow scheduled routes like buses.
Another alternative is to hire a motored-powered tricycle, which will cost more, about 100 to 150 pesos depending on which Boat Station you want to be dropped off at.
There are also some locals who will offer you a ride on the back of their motorcycles. These men can usually squeeze in two people on their “moto”. Again, make sure to negotiate the price before getting on. Motorcycle rates should be cheaper than a tricycle for obvious reasons. Wearing helmets for passengers is not a must, but the ride is short and drivers don’t usually drive like maniacs as the roads are narrow. Still, you have all the power to refuse a motorcycle driver.
If you don’t mind hiking long distances, it’s definitely an option to walk to Puka Beach from White Beach. There are headlands along the coast heading up to Puka from White Beach, so you can’t really walk along the coastline. You will need to walk on the main road, where the sidewalk can get busy. But the good thing about walking is that you will bypass all the traffic that is usually concentrated on the road that runs parallel to White Beach. This two-lane road is narrow, and can get busy due the large tourist crowds (especially during peak weekends). The walk to Puka also exposes you to the less-touristy areas of Boracay. You will encounter villages (called barangay) along the way, and witness some local culture and way of life.
Where did we stay on Boracay?
Our top priority when it came to booking our room was to be quite close to White Beach, but not too close. In other words, we wanted to have easy access to the beach and the tourist services around it, but at the same time we wanted to be far enough away from Boracay’s pulsating music at night. Eventually we decided to stay at Hannah Hotel. We have no affiliation with their property, so in an unbiased manner we can say that it’s a pretty nice place to stay. It’s a mid-range, family run, clean property that’s about 200 meters from White Beach. Big eaters might find their breakfasts a bit small, so that was the only thing we thought they could improve on. At the time of writing, it had a score of 8.3/10 based on verified gust reviews.
How to find the best room deals on Boracay?
As you might have expected, Boracay has no shortage of rooms to choose from during low season, but during Easter, Christmas and Chinese New Year and other peak times the top places will fill up well in advance. The prices also tend to skyrocket due to demand. When you’re booking online in advance, I suggest using a large room provider that has enough verified guest reviews on the property you intend to select. Three examples include: www.agoda.com, www.booking.com and www.hotelscombined.com. Of the three, www.hotelscombined.com is the most unique because it’s classified as a price comparison site. Therefore, you can easily and quickly compare room prices from the world’s top sites. Many of our readers use www.agoda.com and www.booking.com consistently due to their excellent selection, prices and cancellation policies. I have provided links below to their respective properties on Boracay island to save you some time:
Top Rated Properties on Boracay Based on Verified Guest Reviews
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|Star/Budget Range||Guest Rating: Hotel Provider 1||Guest Rating: Hotel Provider 2||Guest Rating: Hotel Provider 3|
|Agoda.com (Boracay)||Booking.com (Boracay)||Hotels.com (Boracay)|
|5 stars/Luxury||Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa Philippines – 9.1/10||Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa – 9.2/10||Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa – 9.6/10|
|4stars/Comfort||Coast Boracay – 9.1/10||Coast Boracay – 9.1/10||Discovery Shores Boracay – 9.4/10|
|3 stars/Mid-range||Anahaw Studio Suites – 9.0/10||Ferra Hotel Boracay – 9.1/10||Ferra Hotel Boracay – 9.2/10|
|2 star/ Budget||W Hostel Boracay – 9.1/10||Westcliff Villa by Bluewaves – 8.9/10||Levantin Boracay Island – 8.4/10|
|1 star/ Strict Budget||Lolas Lodge – 8.6/10||Patrick’s Home Boracay – 7.7/10||***Budget Room – Boracay Island Hostel|
|Compare all room prices on Boracay using www.agoda.com||Compare all room prices on Boracay using booking.com||Compare all room prices on Boracay using hotels.com|
- Properties rated based on ‘overall’ review scores from each respective website’s verified guests.
- Minimum of 50 verified guest reviews required to be considered eligible for comparison.
- All www.hotels.com ratings are originally out of 5, therefore, they are multiplied by 2 for comparison purposes.
- All star ratings and verified guest review scores are tallied at the time of writing, and therefore, are subject to change.
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