If you haven’t heard about El Nido in Palawan, Philippines, then you truly have been living under a rock! This incredible destination has swept the travel world with constant waves and glimpses of Philippines hidden treasures.
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To break it down simply, ALL tour operators in El Nido offer 4 island hopping tours: Tour A, Tour B, Tour C and Tour D. We visited Seven Commandos Beach as our first destination on our Tour A.
Seven Commandos Beach was the very first spot on our first day of island hopping in El Nido. As soon as I caught my first glimpse of this beautiful beach, I knew that my time in the Philippines was going to be magical. That first glimpse of cute beach resting huts and swaying coconut trees spoke volumes. I simply couldn’t wait to get to shore and explore.
Since the shoreline was already dotted with a handful of Bangkas, and since our Bangka was relatively big and heavy, we anchored a short distance from the beach and our guide asked us to swim to the beach.
My experience at Seven Commandos Beach was slightly different and shorter than my tour mates. That was because, as soon as I reached the beach, I noticed my “water-proof” bag leaking water. That meant that my powerbank, my phone charger and my other possessions (money included) was completely soaked in seawater. So, whilst my tour mates explored and frolicked on the beach, I was resigned to clearing out my bag and attempting to somehow and somewhat dry out my possessions in one of the beach resting huts. I figured the day could only get better from that point onward. Little did I know that, later in the afternoon, I would be falling off a kayak (3 times in a row!) at the Big Lagoon. Bur that’s a story for afterwards.
Once I had acceptably sorted my stuff out, I only had a mere 10 minutes to explore this gorgeous beach (my tour mates were able to explore it for 40 minutes to their heart’s content!) There was a cute shop on the beach that was selling drinks and coconuts (“buko” in Filipino), there was a sharp cliff on one side of the beach, and there was this delightful tree with a swing on it.
There was also this tribute on the beach to the “Seven Commandos” themselves. Upon asking our guide for details, he mentioned that the beach was duly names because sometime during World War (1 or 2??), seven Japanese soldiers had landed on this beach and lived/ hid out there for a few months. Upon further research, I have found that there are several versions of the history of Seven Commandos online and it’s hard to determine which one is the accurate one. I would therefore suggest that you definitely check with your guide when you get the chance to visit!
Before I knew it, it was time for us to leave this first slice of paradise. As our boat sped away from Seven Commandos Beach, I couldn’t help but look back and feel a pang of sadness and longing. I truly wished I could have spent some more time on this silent, calm beach, maybe even partake in that magical tree swing. Allah was kind to me and I finally did manage to experience my magical tree swing ride on Tour B the very next day. However, I still considered myself incredibly lucky and fortunate enough to have been able to visit this beautiful island beach. Little did I know then that I would be feeling the same exact pang of sadness upon departing the Secret Lagoon later than afternoon.
The next stop on our itinerary was Shimizu Island, where we stopped again for exploration and our very own lunch on the beach. READ OUR DETAILED EXPERIENCE OF SHIMIZU ISLAND HERE
Did I love Seven Commandos Beach? Yes!
Do I recommend it? ABSO-defi-LUTELY!
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