Best. Day. Ever.

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view from our balcony

Seb and I met up with the girls at the Art Cafe for breakfast. The German couple went diving early, so they couldn't join us. We wanted to spend the whole day just lazying on the beach, staying there til sunset. According to our guidebooks, the best place to do this is at Seven Commandos Beach which is still part of mainland Palawan but accessible only by boat.

After breakfast, we inquired at the cafe how much they charge for boat transfers to 7 Commandos. They quoted P300 per person, which was fine by us. However, while talking about what we'd bring to the beach and what time we wanted to go, a cafe staff told us that they charge an additional P200 per person if we wanted to be picked up after 5PM. Whoa... what the hell?!? That's P500 each just for a round-trip boat transfer to a nearby beach.
view from our balcony
Only one beach, dammit! We all got so annoyed that we left them talking to the hand.

Okay, time for Plan B. Which is... to look for another place that rents boats at a cheaper price, methinks? Yeah, that was the plan. We were sure to find one, so while Seb and Jen were getting their stuff, Tessa and I went looking for boat rental places. Walking towards the end of town (jeez I made it sound like it's too big), and just a few steps from Art Cafe, we found Ralf's, a restaurant that also offers island-hopping tours and boat rentals, just like most tourism-related places in El Nido. So, Tessa and I inquired inside and sealed a deal for a round-trip boat transfer to 7 Commandos for P700, excluding lunch (same deal with Art Cafe).
view from our balcony
Now that's a bargain!

So, we ordered sandwiches and drinks for the trip, and agreed to leave at 10.30, to be picked up at 6.30PM at no extra charge! Bwahahaha! Arte Cafe can suck it! :P

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We had our beach towels, sandwiches, and drinks ready for the trip. Seb even brought a hammock with him! Talk about well-prepared! Ralf's also lent us a cooler box for our drinks, which was nice of them. So, by 10.30, we're all set and rarin' to go!

Leaving El Nido is always an experience in itself. You'd have a view of the majestic limestone cliffs towering over the sleepy town, and the farther you go, the more astonishing the color of the water becomes.
look at the color...
Eagles soar high above, and the green-covered limestone islands of Bacuit are always a sight to behold, inviting a weary traveler to claim one of its many pristine beaches even for just a day. Well, that's exactly what the 4 of us were set to do!

Unlike the previous day wherein we went westward, our banca took a different route southward. We sailed very close to the shore, and in some places, the clarity and color of the water was so unbelievable that our jaws literally stayed open almost the whole time. I just can't describe how mind-blowingly beautiful it was! I can't even say if it was turquoise; it's so amazing that the color must be out of this world. And because it's so clear, we can see all the corals and fishes underneath, and we couldn't judge how deep the water actually was at that point.
it's ok to be jealous ;)
Heaven just suddenly became watery and teeming with life...

We passed by a few beaches (some with people) before we reached our actual destination. Each beach that we passed was more beautiful than the one before it, so when we finally passed a headland that separates 7 Commandos from another beach, our anticipation just went overboard. We could see corals underneath us, but as we approached the beach, it became clearer and clearer that it's bigger than the others, had a bigger shallow area where we could swim, had tree-covered areas where we could escape from the sun, and best of all, it's effin empty! Promising!

We literally just had to jump off the banca to the beach itself. After getting our things from the banca, it sped away, leaving us to enjoy our beach-bumming day in peace.
can't get any more laid-back than this
Seb quickly worked on the hammock while the girls quickly worked on their tan. As for me, it's straight to the water! Lucky for me, the shallow part was almost as big as that in Boracay, so I had plenty of space for cooling off without fearing for my life. The sun was pretty high, but I didn't even bother putting on sunblock. I was in crystal-clear, very cool water, and that's all that mattered at that moment.

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So basically, our day went like this: Some of us would lie on the beach, sunbathing while chatting with each other, reading, or dozing off, while the others would either swim or snorkel (the corals-fringed part were very close to the beach).
say hello to my little friend
When one got tired of the sun, they'd either take a dip or cool off on the hammock under the shades, swaying in unison with the palm trees. I did this a lot, since I get tired of the sun easily, and it's nice to just fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Seb also had this brilliant idea of getting coconuts for all of us (although I don't like drinking coconut milk). Ahhh, life's a beach...

There were occasional interruptions to our very nice beach life, such as tourists dropping by because 7 Commandos was part of their tour itinerary. Alas, we only rented a boat to take us to the beach, not the beach itself. But, the tourists never stayed longer than 20 minutes, just admiring the beauty of the place, or snorkel for a bit. Besides, the beach was big enough, so we didn't mind the intruders that much.
perfect ending to a perfect day


The sun started setting at 5.30PM. By then, we're just lazying in the pool-like beach, waiting for the perfect timing to start taking pictures. It happened at around 6.15. The sky was very clear and the blazing sun was a perfect orange ball. The sky wasn't as colorful as what we saw in the books, but then sunsets were never the same every time, anyway. It was still a beautiful sunset, and a perfect ending to our perfect day as our boat approached the beach, creating a dramatic silhouette in the distance.

We got back to El Nido, hungry but happy. So happy that we decided to book with Ralf's for a trip to the famous lagoons the next day. By then, we've come to a conclusion that Art Cafe overcharges, so they just lost 4 gorgeous customers (bwahahaha!) Then, off to our guesthouses to shower, meeting up later on for dinner at the girls' place (which was just 2 doors away from ours). Then, we went to the same bar we were at the previous night for a cocktail or two.

By midnight, we're off to bed, excited for our tour the next day...

JeAr says:
Thank you :)
Posted on: Jul 01, 2012
bhush2006 says:
So nicely written that I felt I am actually experiencing it! Keep it up.
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012
JeAr says:
yung saken sale kaya mura, pero mga 5-6k roundtrip lang yan, mayaman ka naman eh :P

tsaka di ba nga pupunta kame jan pagdating nila naj dito? so sumabay ka na :P
Posted on: Mar 05, 2009
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view from our balcony
view from our balcony
view from our balcony
view from our balcony
view from our balcony
view from our balcony
look at the color...
look at the color...
its ok to be jealous ;)
it's ok to be jealous ;)
cant get any more laid-back than …
can't get any more laid-back than…
say hello to my little friend
say hello to my little friend
perfect ending to a perfect day
perfect ending to a perfect day
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
on the way to Seven Commandos
clear as crystal. lol.
clear as crystal. lol.
our beach
our beach
its ok to be jealous ;)
it's ok to be jealous ;)
its ok to be jealous ;)
it's ok to be jealous ;)
weve got everything we need
we've got everything we need
wish u were here? too bad youre n…
wish u were here? too bad you're …
wish u were here? too bad youre n…
wish u were here? too bad you're …
wish u were here? too bad youre n…
wish u were here? too bad you're …
coconut trees galore
coconut trees galore
our beach for the day
our beach for the day
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
footsteps on paradise
still jealous? awww...
still jealous? awww...
Jen et moi
Jen et moi
Jen sunbathing
Jen sunbathing
peek-a-boo!
peek-a-boo!
ok, i got scared
ok, i got scared
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
sunset at Seven Commandos
it came for us
it came for us
it came for us
it came for us
it came for us
it came for us
goodbye
goodbye
El Nido
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