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Along The Sands Of Puka Beach (In Pictures)

Along The Sands Of Puka Beach (In Pictures)

December 31, 2011

Puka Beach

Boracay Island



As we walk along, we feel the morning sun warm the sands of Puka Beach.

A catamaran docks on the beach, bringing in tourists that hang about for a little over an hour before continuing to circumnavigate the island.

A line of artistically arranged drift wood indicate that we are nearing our favorite spot on the beach.


We find an area of sparse trees. We mark our spot for the day.

We open our mat, and start to worship the sun.


As the mid day heat brings out our thirst, a small nipa hut offers refreshments.

Advertising in a very subtle manner.

Or a  coconut or two perhaps?

As we slowly move along, we meet an assortment of characters.

Like this old lady, Josefina, peddling some Puka Shells. She’s been doing it all her life. Raised her children through Puka Shells.

Do mind the cigarette on her left hand.


As we make our way back to our shady spot, we pass by a beached Bangka.

We pass by shells strung together by old fishing nets, as they gently sway on the breeze.


Taking a seat.

Taking in the view.


Children play along the shore,

Our Russian neighbors finally venture out of their shady camp.

Thanks for the wonderful music by the way.


When the sun shines gold, the temperature cools down.

It’s time to pick out some shells along the sand to bring home.


The clouds in the sky announce that the sun is about to set.

 We sit along the sands of Puka Beach as we bask under the sun’s dying rays.

Another Boracay day comes to a close.


Thirty Seconds At Puka Beach


January 1, 2012

Puka Beach

Boracay Island



Celebrating the New Year in Puka Beach.


An outrigger passes by..

My bubba waves..

Kids play on the shore..

While Russians bathe under the hot January sun.


As I have stated in my previous blog (click here ), Puka Beach is always our favorite spot on the entire island of Boracay. Located at its northern tip, it is a perfect getaway from the crowded and bustling White Beach.

I just want to share this short video I took to show how beautiful this stretch of beach is.

Kite surfing in Bulabog Beach, Amihan Season (photo credit:

Since we were here around January, it falls under the Amihan season, where in the cool southeast wind brings in the dry season (from November to April) . This means that the northern and eastern parts of the island gets lots of wind and high waves. That’s why this is the favorite time of the year for kite surfers to enjoy their sport at Bulabog beach.

The sea in Puka Beach is still swim-“able” with some effort. You can hear the strength of the wind on the video.

On the other hand, White Beach (located west of Bulabog Beach), is as placid as a deep lake. No waves, just tranquil blue waters all around you.

Puka Beach, Habagat Season


The rainy season is ushered in by the Habagat, the southwest wind, from June to October. This is known as the wet season. This is the season when the winds change. White Beach gets buffeted by the wind and the sea gets rough while the northern and eastern beaches (i.e. Puka Beach, Bulabog Beach, Lapuz-lapuz Beach..) gets it’s share of tranquil seas.

So if you are planning a trip to Boracay Island, I hope that these tips can help you decide which dates to take during your trip.

If you want to know more about how to get to Boracay read my previous blog by clicking here.

A Refuge by Puka Beach

A Refuge by Puka Beach

May 01, 2008

Bans Resort

White Beach Station 2

Boracay Island


“What the hell is going on?!” screamed Cholo.

I had just woke up and was a bit surprised about his sudden outburst.

“What’s wrong Bubba?” I asked as I walked to the small veranda.

“Look!” was all he said.

On the grass across the veranda, a satellite dish was being constructed.

I was speechless.

“Okay, we’re going back to manila now!” Cholo exclaimed while stomping off into the room.

After a few minutes of silence, I said “Look we just got here and it will be too expensive to rebook our tickets. Let’s go and find out if there are other quiet places to transfer to!”

Thank God he listened.

We asked the care taker of Bans Resort if there was indeed such a place.

White Beach is now teeming with local tourists and we found out soon enough that A.S.A.P* and (then called) S.O.P* were

having live broadcasts from opposite ends of White Beach.

If Cholo could have ripped all of his hair out of frustration, he would be bald by now.

Luckily, the care taker of Bans Resort knew a place for rent by Puka Beach.

Without hesitation and the fact that we haven’t seen the rooms and the amenities of the said place, we packed our bags, paid for the first two nights of our stay, hopped on a tricycle and headed for Puka Beach.

*A.S.A.P and S.O.P are two local variety shows from two rival networks in the Philippines


It was a short tricycle ride to Puka Beach. Around 20 minutes (+/-).

It costs us Php 100.


We arrived at Tesebel restaurant, as instructed. We were told to look for Tese, the woman in charge of the restaurant.

Tese is a plump woman with short hair. The air of authority around her is apparent but not over bearing. She greets us with a warm “Hello!”. Cholo then puts on his charm and goes on to explain the situation we were in earlier and continues on to say that we need a quite place to enjoy our vacation.

Tese then proceeds to show us the house which is located right beside the restaurant. It is a two storey house painted in green with details representing bamboo.

A Santo Niño watches over the balcony on the second floor.

Tese shows us around the second floor where four rooms for rent are located. She first brought us to the biggest room. There’s a bed, a television set, a lamp, towels and an air conditioning unit. Cholo asks me if I like the room. I told him I liked the room nearest the balcony. It had windows on both available sides, which lets more light and air in. Most of all it’s the fan room. I do not like using the air con at all, I prefer using an electric fan.  There are two bathrooms at the end.The house isn’t beach front. It is located on the main road approximately 500 meters away from Puka Beach.

The highlight of it all is that we were the only ones renting a room in the house.

As we moved into the room , we realized it was quite modest. But that’s a fact we didn’t mind at all. We will be on the beach the entire time.

When we opened the windows, we can see the nipa roof of our neighbor’s home while smoke rose through the holes.

I glanced at my watch to check what time it was. It was almost noon. They must be cooking lunch, I assumed.

I saw Cholo lay down on the bed to take a rest and I followed suit.

I smiled.

I can see the sky from my pillow.


After having  a hearty lunch of chicken and rice at Tesebel restaurant, we proceeded to Puka beach.

It’s a relatively short walk.

You pass by stores selling gasoline for tricycle drivers. With ample warning of  course.

 As you get closer to the beach, you pass by small kiosks selling beach wear…

and Puka shell accessories.

Puka Beach is just around the corner.


To get to Tesebel from the main port of  boracay, ride a tricycle and tell them to bring you to Tesebel Resturant near Puka beach. It will cost you Php150.

To get to Puka beach from White beach, go to the main road in boracay, hail a tricycle and be on your way. It costs around Php50 per person.

To book a room in Tesebel call +63362886705. Rates are from 1500++. Look for Tese.

Boracay 101

Boracay 101

January 2, 2011

Caticlan Airport

Malay, Aklan



Cholo and I arrived two hours early before our 5:20 pm flight to Manila on Airphil Express.

I looked around the newly refurbished Caticlan Airport. I’m quite impressed.

“The airport has changed Bubba.” I told Cholo.

“Yes, quite a change from 3 years ago.” was his reply.

As we made our way to the check-in counter, I saw on the monitor that all 3 Cebu Pacific Flights were cancelled.

My panic button turned on.

I was relieved to see that our flights were still OK.

I was still curios.

“Why are the Cebu Pacific flights cancelled?”

“Will our flights get cancelled or be delayed?”

“What will happen if it does?”

All of these questions were racing in my mind while checking in, when …

“Would you like to be on an earlier flight sir?” asked the man behind the counter.

“Yes, we wouldn’t mind an earlier flight.” was our reply.

We got our boarding passes and proceeded to the departure gates and waited for our 3:50 pm flight to Manila.


It is now 4:30 pm.

We still have not left Caticlan.

No word has been said on the reasons why our flight was delayed.

Earlier, we had some coffee and blueberry cheese cake on a small cafe on the second floor.

We sat down on the cold steel benches by the departure gates and played Angry Birds to stop our patience from wearing thin.

Our original Airphil Express 5:20pm flight was rerouted to Kalibo. Thank God we got on an earlier flight!

2 SEAir flights arrived within 5 minutes of each other. Still delayed.

I was looking around and I was quite surprised to see that all the personnel from different airlines were in a rush.

Cebu Pacific was busy looking for passengers whose flights were rerouted to Kalibo.

SEAir was busy tearing off boarding passes of passengers.

According to the P.A. system our Airphil Express plane has just landed in Caticlan. We are requested to stand by the boarding gates to board once the aircraft is ready.

We were now walking to the plane.

Another Airphil Express plane landed.

The two SEAir planes that arrived prior took off only less than 5 minutes apart.

By 5:30 our plane was at the end of the runway getting ready to take off.



There are two ways to fly to Boracay. You can fly straight to Caticlan or via Kalibo.

If you fly to Kalibo, you will have to take a van conveniently located outside Kalibo International Airport. It costs around Php 175 per person. It will take you all the way to Caticlan Jetty Port. The only down side is you have to wait for the van to fill up before it leaves.

Flights to and from Caticlan are notorious for delays. Mostly because of airport congestion in manila or weather disruptions. When a flight is cancelled or rerouted, the airline company of that flight will assist you in making sure that you will get to your destination on the same day. If you are an outbound passenger you will take your new flight from Kalibo. The airline will provide a van from Caticlan Airport all the way to Kalibo International Airport. If you are an inbound passenger to Boracay, the airline will provide a van than will bring you from Kalibo International Airport all the way to Caticlan Jetty Port.

Kalibo International Airport is 90 minutes away.

One of the main reasons why flights get cancelled or rerouted is because the air traffic control tower closes right after sun set. Caticlan Airport is a small airport with a short runway the relies on sunlight. Once darkness falls, the airport goes dark because it is not equipped with lights. Thus when flights arrive or depart after sunset it is automatically rerouted to Kalibo International Airport. I found out about this while I was talking to the girl who served me my blueberry cheese cake and café latté.

When planning, make sure you have 3 or 4 hours lay over between flights. This is just to make sure that if your inbound flight will hit some unforseen delay it won’t affect your connecting flight to Boracay. This also goes for  your outbound flight connecting from Boracay.

So, if you have a connecting flight from Manila to anywhere else in the world, make sure to take an earlier flight out of Caticlan Airport. Though I know it sucks to wake up early, but it sucks even more if you miss your flight back to your country.


Traveling to Boracay can be quite an “adventure” especially for foreign nationals transiting via Manila. Immediately upon arrival, most especially at NAIA Terminal 1, some foreign nationals get confused and overwhelmed because of the lack of infrastructure and available assistance.  All of which are heightened because of the humid weather. My best advice is to stay calm and ask around. We, Filipinos, will be glad to help you in any way possible.

Manila has 4 terminals.

Terminal 1 : Is where all major international flights operate from. The Following airlines operate from this terminal :

  1. Air China
  2. Air Niugini
  3. Asiana Airlines 
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. China Airlines
  6. China Southern Airlines
  7. Delta Air Lines
  8. Dragonair
  9. Emirates
  10. Etihad Airways
  11. EVA Air
  12. Gulf Air
  13. Hawaiian Airlines
  14. Hong Kong Express Airways
  15. Japan Airlines
  16. Jeju Air
  17. Korean Air
  18. Kuwait Airways
  19. Malaysia Airlines
  20. Qantas
  21. Qatar Airways
  22. KLM
  23. Jetstar Asia Airways
  24. Jetstar Airways
  25. Royal Brunei Airlines
  26. Singapore Airlines
  27. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  28. Tiger Airways
  29. Thai Airways International
  30. United Airlines

Terminal 2 : Also known as The Centennial Terminal in commemoration of the 100th year of Philippine independence. This terminal is exclusively used by Philippine Airlines for all its domestic and international flights.

Terminal 3 : Is the newest(started operations in 2008) and biggest terminal in Manila. In the future, all international flights from Terminal 1 are to operate from here. As of this time, only the airlines listed below are the ones that operate from here:

  1. All Nippon Airways
  2. Airphil Express (All domestic and International flights)
  3. Cebu Pacific (All domestic and international flights)
  4. Zest Airways (Manila -Incheon flights only)

Terminal 4 : is the old Manila domestic terminal that hosts domestic flights by these airlines:

  1. Sky Pasada
  2. South East Asian Airlines (Seair)
  3. Zest Airways

Let it be known that all airport terminals in Manila are not interconnected by a train system. It is best to take a “coupon” taxi to get from one terminal to another, especially when you have a connecting flight to catch. You will need to pay a fixed rate of Php 300. Don’t use the yellow metered airport taxis, you’ll waste your precious time on queue.

When you are not in a rush, there is also a shuttle service provided by NAIA that goes through all terminals. I am not sure about how effective the service is, since I have not ridden on one yet. I have heard that on good days ,it is a quick ride; on bad days, one has to wait for hours. Then again, it only costs Php 20 per passenger. I am not sure where the shuttle services are located on each terminals. Just make sure to ask around, especially at the Airline Passenger Transfer Desk. They can definitely answer specific questions but most of all they can lead you to the right directions.

The terminals are located a kilometer or two from each other. It may take 30 minutes to an hour to get from one terminal to another depending on traffic.

Feel free to click on the names of the different airlines to be routed to their main website.

Baggage 101

Take note that all flights that fly straight to Caticlan offer only 10 kilos of baggage allowance per passenger and 7 kilos baggage allowance for hand carried luggage. The reason because planes that fly to Boracay are turboprop planes. Space is limited and the insurance paid for handling bags is only for 10 kilos.

So if your luggage is more than that, be prepared to pay extra. Rates differ from airline to airline.

If you are flying via Kalibo you are allowed 15 kilos or more for checked in baggage depending on the airline you are taking. It’s still 7 kilos for a single piece of hand carried luggage.  Kalibo is a bigger airport that can support bigger planes. The flights to and from Kalibo are cheaper and it has more room. Thus, more baggage allowance.

If you are traveling all over Asia and one stop in Boracay, here’s my advice. Prior to your arrival in the Philippines, prepare a small bag for your trip to Boracay. When you arrive in Manila feel free to leave your luggage at the airport lockers located at Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

*Terminal 1 has an Interline Baggage Room. This is exclusive for passengers arriving in Terminal 1. It is located at the right hand side of the arrival area near the carousel before customs and near the bathrooms. The telephone number is +632-877-11-09 local 3633.

*Terminal 2 has an exclusive baggage counter for Philippine Airline passengers. It is the Central Baggage Services. The telephone number is +632-877-11-09 local 2469.

**Terminal 3 has Luggage and More. Where you can store your luggage for Php 300 a day. Php 150 pesos per 3 hours for small bags and Php 200 per 3 hours for big bags.

Trust me when I say this will come as a relief as you travel along and you’re not tugging along your baggage that weighs more than 20 kilos.

Arriving in Caticlan 101

When you exit Caticlan airport turn to your right and go all the way straight to the corner where you will see a tricycle terminal.  This is what you are going to take to get to Caticlan jetty Port. It costs Php 50.

If you choose to walk it, it is only 10 minutes away.

Upon reaching Caticlan Jetty Port, before you can enter the terminal you will be pointed to Window 1. Here you will pay for the boat ride at Php 25 per person. You will then proceed to Window 2 where you are going to pay for the environmental and admission fee of php 75. Lastly, you will proceed to Window 3 where you will have to pay for the terminal fee of php 50 per person.

Once everything is paid for, you go inside the terminal and proceed to the banca (outrigger boat).

Arriving in Boracay 101

You will arrive at Boracay island via the Cagban Jetty Port.

From here proceed to the tricycle terminal and find out where your hotel is located along white beach. The dispatcher will help you with this. The rates to a specific area are fixed and are displayed on a metal “bulletin board” located right by the terminal.

Places to Stay in Boracay 101

When Cholo and I are there we usually there,  rent a small room in the house beside the Tesebelle restaurant in Yapak. What we like about it is that it is just a two minute walk to Puka beach. Will write a full review about this and post a link here as soon as it’s up.

To find the right place that suites your budget and style, you can search for places to stay at by going through Trip Advisor. ( <– Click to be brought to the main page)

You can also browse through the Boracay wikitravel page to see where you can stay. (Click here to be brought to the page.)

What to do in Boracay 101

Aside from swimming and sun bathing, You can go sucba diving.

Take boat tours and navigate the entire island. Go snorkeling and fish feeding.

Take a boat trip during sunset.
Go parasailing.
Go kiteboarding on Bulabog beach.

Go skimboarding along White beach.

Go motorbiking.

Go horse back riding.

And when you get tired, have a massage by the beach or enjoy a relaxing time in one of those spas.

Boracay Amenities 101

There are ATM machines and money changers located at d’Mall in Station 2.

If you ran out of water or in dire need of condoms, there is a small grocery store also located at d’Mall.

If you need medicines, there are pharmacies all around. One is conveniently located at d’Mall.

If worse comes to worse, there are clinics and hospitals with in minutes of White Beach.

If you are hungry, just walk along White Beach. There are so many places to choose from that you’ll get confused. There are fast food joints also located at d’Mall.

If you want to have drinks just walk along White Beach and pick the bar suites you best.

If you want to go dancing, at night just follow the music.


Boracay will always remain a personal experience. No matter how much you’ve read about Boracay, once you get there you will find the things you’d love to do by following your intuition. It will be a delight discovering places that you will learn to enjoy.

Celebrate a part of your life in Boracay.

Swim on the water, lay on the sand, bathe under the sun and have a coconut to quench your thirst.


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