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Explore the undiscovered beauty of Commodore’s Beach

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By Erika Concepcion

Are you one of those people who badly need a breath of fresh air but is tired of going to the same beach over and over again? Do you want to spend time with your family and friends and discover something new but have no idea where to go? Consider these problems solved because this newly undiscovered beach in Sitio Talaudyong, Puerto Princesa City has finally opened its doors to the public, and it’s waiting to be a part of your itinerary!

Brief History

It was discovered by Commodore N. Hernandez back when he was still a captain of one of the destroyers of the Philippine Navy. Whenever he would roam around the Philippines and the weather gets bad, when they would reach the area of West Philippine Sea, they would usually dock near Talaudyong Beach.

Commodore’s crew would say almost the same thing about how exquisite the beach is every time they would dock nearby and it made a lasting impression on him. He bought the property in 1986 and when he retired in 1995, he decided to stay in Palawan. He fell in love with the island, and for him, it is one of the most beautiful and safe places in the Philippines.

Why visit Commodore’s Beach?

Commodore’s Beach is the perfect getaway for the locals, especially to those who hate long distance drives since it is just an hour away from the heart of the city. It is one of the family-friendly beaches located in Puerto Princesa and it is practically safe, especially for children because the water has no undercurrent.

With its serene, crystal clear waters and soft powdery sand, it will surely capture the heart of each and every guest like you.

The beach is protected by guards 24/7 for the safety of their guests, and there are also life guards on standby in case of an emergency. They will soon be offering different types of water activities including paddle boarding and kayaking.

The owners have a lot in store for Commodore’s Beach and this is just the beginning for them, or as they would like to call it, their “phase one.” According to one of the owners, who is also Commodore’s son, JP Hernandez, “This will become a one stop shop for all of the inbound and local tourist of Palawan.”

“Magkakaroon tayo ng commercial spaces, magkakaroon tayo ng mga boutique hotels, magkakaroon tayo ng mga activity areas, magkakaroon tayo ng relaxing areas. Kumbaga meron nang pwedeng idagdag sa listahan ng pwedeng gawin sa Puerto Princesa, na beach,” he said.

They are also very careful and conscious about taking care of the environment, especially about conserving or maintaining the quality of the beach. According to JP, “As much as possible, I want this resort to be low carbon footprint, off the grid siya, kung kaya. Or sustainable energy [ang] gagamitin. So sa simula pa lang, gusto na namin gawing tama dito sa resort. Gusto namin habang wala pang sumisita, tama na ‘yung ginagawa namin kasi ang pangarap namin dito sa talaudyong beach, ito ang maging example na resort sa buong Pilipinas.”

“Gagawin namin dito yung practice, once na fully operational na talaga kami, meron kaming 5pm habit and every 5pm, lahat ng staff ng resort na to, lilinya kami doon sa start ng property line tapos lalakarin po namin ‘yung buong beach na may dala kaming trashbag, welcome po sumali sa amin lahat ng bisita, lahat ng guest namin para tumulong i-maintain ang beach. Pupulutin namin kung ano man yung basura,” JP said.

“Pag-maging conscious lang kami na every 5pm at least every day, mare-reset ang beach, lahat ng basura na mawa-wash off dito, at least man lang matatapon sa trash bag, at ang disposal po namin ngayon lahat ng trash bag iipunin namin, ihahatid po namin doon kung saan dinadaanan ng city ng dump truck. Hindi kami maghuhukay jan, magtatambak, magsusunog, kasi that destroys the environment. So we are conscious enough to put it in a trash bag,” he added.

“Ang vision ho namin para sa Talaudyong Beach is kung ano yung nae-experience natin ngayong 2019, 30 years [or] 50 years from now, dapat ganito pa rin siya. Hindi siya magbabago, hindi mag-aamoy basura ang beach natin at hindi basically masisira ang cove na to.”

So if you want to go on a road trip, feel the gentle waves, see the sun set and basically just enjoy your free time without having to go far away from the city, Commodore’s Beach is your go-to, very accessible destination.

Commodore’s Beach is located at Sitio Talaudyong, Brgy. Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. You can visit from Monday to Sunday, with an entrance fee of PHP100.00 and a lunch buffet for only PHP250.00 (Palaweño rate) and PHP300.00 for the local/foreign guests.