7 Commandos Beach - Palawan

Located in El Nido in the province of Palawan, 7 Commandos Beach is a beautiful beach destination that is part of Tour A of the El Nido Island Hopping Tour.

7 Commandos Beach

7 Commandos Beach Backstory

If you're wondering about the origin of its name, so did I... Due to my burning passion to find out the origin of things, I asked our boatman about where the name 7 Commandos Beach came from. However, (no offense)his answer is doesn't have the drama that I expected. He told me that it was named by the owner who was a fanboy of anything military. So what I did was search the internet for more of the dramatic backstory that is worth blogging.

7 Commandos Beach - El Nido, Palawan

The boat brings visitors to this beautiful beach

Summer is always the best time to visit

Beyond that "mountain" is the town of El Nido 

Check out that view!

Rest in one of the nipa huts available...

There were several stories on the net but the backstory that stuck was from a blogger from Palawan who asked a different boatman about the origin of the name 7 Commandos. According to her story, a huge fishing vessel once got stranded in the waters of El Nido. After 3 days of waiting for rescue, the crew decided to look for an island to call their temporary home. Apparently, they found themselves in what we call now 7 Commandos Beach (which is apparently not an island). They eventually stayed there for three months until their boat was repaired or rescue arrived (whatever came first). After they abandoned the beach, the locals then rediscovered it and found vandalism on a huge rock that said "Seven Commandos" and then they named the beach after that...

Heads up 7 Commandos Beach is not an island...

Despite having a "better" backstory than what was told by my boatman, this story is plagued with plot holes that brought more questions than answers. Here are some of them:

  1. If they managed to reach 7 Commandos (probably by paddling) didn't they try to paddle to other places to look for help?
  2. How come they missed the town of El Nido which was just a few kilometers away from the beach?
  3. Was the huge fishing boat made of metal or wood? 
  4. If metal, why didn't they radio for help since it's a modern boat?
  5. If wood, what country did the boatmen come from and where did they get the word "Commando" since big fishing boats could only come from China, India, and Spain during the olden times?
  6. Why didn't the locals discover the beach before?
  7. Who fixed the boat or rescued them?
  8. Last but not least, who on earth knew that there were stranded fishermen on that beach and that they were stranded for 3 months? Vandalism wouldn't surely explain that.
Fine sand, clean waters

I got to visit 7 Commandos Beach with my family as part of our Tour A and C combination tour for our 5 Days in Palawan - 2016 adventure. It was the last destination that we have visited. What I liked about the beach is that it has a buko juice and banana-cue store which seems to have been set up just in case another group of stranded fishermen paddles their way to the beach again. On the other hand, what I hated about it was its expensive pricing (yet despite this we still bought).

7 Commandos Beach Admission Fee:

There are no admission fees to enter 7 Commandos Beach. However, you need to join TOUR A which costs around 1200 -1400 pesos depending on which operator you talked to.

Why visit 7 Commandos Beach?

7 Commandos Beach is one of the best places to visit if you want to simply stay in a kubo and look at the sea. It's a nice place to relax and just admire the beauty of nature.

Getting to 7 Commandos Beach:

From Puerto Princesa City, ride a van going to El Nido. Once there, avail of the Tour A island hopping tour. 7 Commandos Beach is one of the highlights of that tour.

7 Commandos Beach here we come!



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  1. Replies
    1. Hahaha. Well that's what my cousin said as well. =)

  2. What a amazing Beach love the atmosphere is so tropical

  3. It looks amazing. That coconut with the straw in it? Yes, please!

  4. Wow, it looks so beautiful there. We’re currently working to pay off our debt but once we're debt-free travel is high on our list.

    1. Looking forward to your visit to El Nido, Palawan.

  5. These pictures, just wow! Beautiful

  6. i only heard of this beach now, thanks for sharing, we can add this to our list of itinerary when we visit palawan soon,

  7. This looks like such a chill place to visit. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog as well. Please do visit 7 Commandos Beach someday.

  8. El nido Palawan is my next spot this coming April and I love the beautiful beaches. Awesome photos!

    1. I hope your trip pushed through. It seems like the pandemic has ruined a lot of travel plans of people

  9. Omg these photos are beautiful and breathtaking! This was so informative and interesting I can’t wait to travel

    1. Thank you Janay! :) Looking forward to see you travel.

  10. What a beautiful beach that is also peaceful and simple. I love it! It looks like a great place for day vacation!

    1. It is. =) You should come experience 7 Commando Beach in El Nido Palawan Aisasami.

  11. I really enjoyed this! The place looks beautiful and learning the origin of names, or back stories is always so interesting!

    1. I'm happy to hear that. =) See you in 7 Commandos Beach someday Candice.

  12. Haha, there's always a bunch of loopholes in stories like these and it makes me wonder - were these for simpler times, and have we started asking too many questions? Or did people back then just enjoy storytelling the way we do movies (as a break from reality, not necessarily logical)?

    1. That I highly agree. Maybe they just enjoy storytelling. Hahaha

  13. Nothing better than a beautiful white sand beach to spend the day at. This one certainly looks like a fantastic beach to visit


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