To break it down simply, all tour operators in El Nido offer four island hopping tours – Tour A, Tour B, Tour C and Tour D. We visited Seven Commandos beach as our first destination on Tour A.
Seven Commandos Beach
I'm immensely grateful that our tour guide decided to do our Tour in reverse – that meant that we would be able to avoid the major crowds and experience more tranquility in our destinations. Our first destination was the Seven Commandos Beach.
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 power bank, 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.
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 named because sometime during World War (1 or 2), seven Japanese soldiers had landed on this beach and lived or hidden 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 the 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 consider myself incredibly lucky and fortunate enough to have been able to visit this beautiful island beach.
The next stop on our itinerary was Shimizu Island, where we stopped again for exploration and had our very own lunch on the beach.
Read all about our detailed experience of Shimizu island in the upcoming travel series!
Did I love Seven Commandos beach?
Do I recommend it?
Give yourself a day of rest before and after Tour A – this is an active Tour with lots of swimming, snorkeling and kayaking – being exhausted will just retract from your overall experience. I honestly wish I had a more relaxed time instead of just rushing it with the tours, but hey, at least you can learn from my mistakes!
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