One of the many places to visit in the Philippines is the island of Corregidor. It is a place rich in history from the Spanish occupation to American colonisation up to World War II. This island played a huge role for Philippine independence specifically during the second World War as one of the last military bastions in the country.
PS: I do not want to go into historical detail because you can do your own research or go to the island for the tour. I’d rather focus on my experience going there.
First of all, budget. (Dec. 28, 2016 rates)
Day Tour (c/o Sun Cruises – inclusive of round trip ferry transfers, shrine and entrance fees, guided island tour and buffet lunch) – 1,650php* (Metrodeal voucher)
Terminal Fee – 30php
Lights and Sounds Show – 200php
All in all, I spent less than 2500php inclusive of everything above plus snacks, fare to the port and souvenirs.
Second, make the reservation. It is advised to plan ahead since many would want to go the tour. The ferry could accommodate less than 300 passengers and it is always a full seating, unless someone cancelled at the last minute. You don’t want to be a chance passenger, right?
Day of the Tour:
When I confirmed my reservation, I was given a sticker pass for the whole trip. It contains the name of the one who reserved the ticket, the seat no. in the ferry and the bus no. for the tour. They are very sysematic about it which avoided hassles and delays. After that, I paid the terminal fee and I am free to board the ferry.
The ferry is an enclosed space with air conditioned upper and lower decks plus a viewing deck. I did not take pictures of the inside of the ferry but I’ll make it up for the pictures of the island itself.
Corregidor is a small tadpole-shaped island that one could go around it in one day. It is located at the entrance of Manila Bay. No one lives on the island except for the Sun Cruises staff. The hotel is still under renovation so it is mostly the staff and day tourists who go to Corregidor.
So from here, I’ll just share several photos during the trip.
Big Guns (Mortar)
Signage (Note: There are many of this in the island)
Pacific War Memorial
View from the Island
Japanese Garden of Peace
Former Drop Zone of Paratroopers
So there it is, my Corregidor Island Tour. Hope you can visit the island too. It is definitely a great historical experience and a not too expensive one at that.