Puka means hole and while you may have thought that it is a particular kind of sea creature that lives in the puka shell, that’s not right. A puka shell is simply a small shell with a hole in it. Also known as Yapak Beach, this area was popularly known as Puka Beach due to abundance of puka shells bleached white under the mighty sun.
So a puka shell necklace is a necklace made from shells with holes in them. The reason I am telling you this is because when I was up at Puka Beach on Boracay a few weeks ago, I heard an American girl ask her boyfriend “What does a wild puka look like?”
Boracay Baller ID
I almost peed my pants. Essentially she was asking about a wild hole. Oh well, we all have to learn sometime. In fact, they were doing the same thing I was. We were all on Boracay relaxing on one of the most idyllic beaches in the world.
Fresh Buko Juice
Not only that, each of us were picking up the tiny shells with holes in them that are used to make the puka shell necklaces that everyone seems to love. The beach is on the northern end of Boracay and don’t worry, the wild pukas are very friendly there. LOL
Necklace made from Puka Shells
The snorkeling is great too but not during the rainy season. The water is safe and warm and the coral is very healthy. It’s nice to get away from the crowds on White Beach and just relax in the water and on the sand. I took a tricycle cab to get there and took a pedicab back to White Beach where I had a little drinking and dancing with couple of Korean friends.
Souvenir Shops in Puka Beach
Back on the beach, a guy came by selling ice cream and I was very happy to get one. The price was cheap and really what can be nicer than ice cream on the beach. Well, a fresh buko juice and a cold beer sometimes is and it turns out that the tourist couple near me brought a cooler filled with them! Our puka collecting expeditions merged into one camp with us comparing shells and putting away cold ones.
Later I brought out my chips and fruit and they shared their sandwiches with me. You gotta love a spontaneous potluck with strangers or should I say new friends:)
We were very lucky though, the wild pukas seem to have left us in peace…this time!