Below the dramatic El Nido limestone cliffs is a line of swaying coconut trees and a long stretch of fine white sand that has become 7 Commandos Beach’s familiar face. The beach is part of El Nido’s Tour A island-hopping option, including Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.
One can’t help but become intrigued by how the beach got its name. One story says that during World War II, seven soldiers got stranded here. Another says that Seven Commando was the name of a massive fishing vessel that got left in El Nido waters, and the passengers decided to make this island their home. They stayed here for three months, and when their boat was finally repaired, they sailed back home. Later on, the locals found a colossal stone carved with the words “Seven Commando.”
How to get there:
Seven Commandos Beach is just around the corner of El Nido Proper Town. This beach can only be reached by boat on one of the El Nido Island Hopping Trips. More specifically, El Nido Tour A is the only boat tour that runs to Seven Commandos Beach.
Tickets and entry:
The Tour A island-hopping package where 7 Commandos Beach is included cost differs per person. There’s also the eco-tourism development fee, which is suitable for ten days. If you decide to hire a kayak, there’s an excellent rental fee for the whole day within operating hours.
The tour often runs from 9 AM and returns at 4 PM, including drinking water and lunch.
Tour A also includes the Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island and Shimizu Island. Snorkeling with turtles at 7 Commandos Beach is also part of the tour. BBQ lunch is included in the package.
Best time to visit:
The months of December to May are the perfect time to go to Palawan if you want to make the most of your stay, which is considered the sunny season on the island.