Puka Beach is the place I often retreat to at the weekends with my colleagues and friends.
We go well prepared with water, snacks, books, scuba gear etc which allows us to walk a nice distance away from the entrance and the small groups which arrive on Banca's and Paraw's as part of their island hopping tours.
It is with sadness that my favourite restaurant has closed and demolished to make way for a new resort but there is still one restaurant at the main entrance and they thankfully haven't hiked their prices now that they have no competition.
There's also a couple of little spots further up the beach where you can buy food straight off the grill and there are usually one or two ice cream sellers walking up and down the beach
Puka has some great little scuba spots but it's easy to get disorientated when swimming from one reef to the next, and I would encourage anyone to make sure that their friends are keeping an eye on them, as the current can be strong and some of the banca's can sail close to the shoreline.
Puka's sand is not powdery white like White Beach, but is made up of lots of shells and coral pieces, which is great for hunting with kids. Just remember that you should not remove these from the beach; take only photos, leave only footprints!
Puka, for me, is my escape beach - especially in high season when White Beach is crowded with travellers, hawkers and boats
My One Tip - when leaving (1. take all your rubbish with you please) is to walk up the road a way from the Trike Parking area. It should cost around 100PHP to get back to D'Mall but if you pick up a trike at the beach entrance they'll charge you a lot more and they'll all quote the same price. Walk up the road and you'll either reach agreement with a trike driver just dropping people off or one of those waiting at the entrance will drive after you and you can reach a reasonable fare for your return
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