Corregidor Island: The hidden gem

Corregidor Island is a must see place for those willing to know more about the Filipino history and relax from the busy streets of the metro.

Map of Corregidor (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Map of Corregidor (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Koh-reh-hi-dor. Corregidor island?

Location: near Bataan

Country: Philippines

How to get there: via boat

Getting around: via a guided tour

Corregidor: Landsat view (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Corregidor: Landsat view (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Corregidor Island or commonly  known as Corregidor, is an island located right at the entrance to Manila bay. Due to the strategic value of the island, it became a bloody battlefield during the American and Japanese invasion. As of today, Corregidor is being preserved by the Philippine government. It serves as a reminder to people regarding what happened to the island and its subsequent effects to the Philippines and other nations.

Corrgegidor is a must see tourist destination for people seeking a trip back to the Filipino history during the American and Japanese invasion.

How do I go to Corregidor island?

If you are a tourist, the only way to go to Corregidor island is by sea. It will take you around 1 to 2 hours to get to the island from Manila bay via a boat. A company named Sun Cruises exclusively provides transportation from Manila bay to Corregidor and vice versa.  In addition, they also provide the Corregidor tour –  a must get experience. The tour will not only show you around the island, but will also give you a chance to talk with the tour guide and uncover other facts. You can check their website here if you want  know more about their trips to Corregidor Island.

If you wanna skip to the part where you go to the terminal and buy tickets, scroll down below.

How do I get around Corregidor Island?

Depends. By default, you get around the island via the Corregidor tour provided by Sun Cruises. During my last two trips to Corregidor Island, I was able to see bikers (bicycles and not motorcycles) around the area. This means you can actually skip the guided tour and get around the island yourself. There are no public transportation in this island so a bike or something similar would be pretty handy.

I suggest you ask Sun Cruises for more information if you want to skip the guided tour.

Sun Cruises tour bus

Sun Cruises tour bus

Sun Cruises tour bus

Sun Cruises tour bus

What will I find in Corregidor?

There are a lot of historical sites in Corregidor Island. If you are on the guided tour, Sun Cruises will show you around various places featuring military batteries, barracks, a tunnel and a watchtower. Corregidor even has a memorial park and a museum with a very nice flora to boot.  Here are shots of some of the places that you can go for selfies and picture taking.

The north dock

Corregidor: North dock

Corregidor: North dock

The other side of North dock

North dock: Back view

North dock: Back view

The view to Malinta Tunnel

Corregidor: Going to Malinta Tunnel

Corregidor: Going to Malinta Tunnel

Malinta Tunnel

Corregidor: Malinta Tunnel

Corregidor: Malinta Tunnel

Filipino Heroes Memorial

Corregidor: Filipino Heroes Memorial

Corregidor: Filipino Heroes Memorial

Japanese Garden of Peace

Corregidor: Japanese Garden of Peace

Corregidor: Japanese Garden of Peace

Middle side barracks

Corregidor: Middle side barracks

Corregidor: Middle side barracks

Spanish lighthouse

Corregidor: Spanish Lighthouse

Corregidor: Spanish lighthouse

Pacific War Memorial museum

Corregidor: Pacific War Memorial museum

Corregidor: Pacific War Memorial museum

I guess its decided. I wanna go to Corregidor. Where do I get a boat ticket?

You can get boat tickets directly from Sun Cruises. Their office is located near Mall of Asia (map below)

Check in and boarding time is at 7AM and the boat departs Manila by 8AM.  Be sure to go to the Sun Cruises Terminal early (around 5:30AM to 6AM) so that you can avoid any delays in your planned trip.


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