Cavite Adventure: Corregidor Island

Our adventure today takes us 48 kilometers west of kilometer 0 in Manila. Corregidor Island is a strategically located island at the mouth of Manila Bay. Its name came from the Spanish word corregir which means to correct. 

Corregidor Island

Corregidor Island details

The Spanish require all ships to stop and have their documents checked and corrected on this island, much like what the Bureau of Customs does today. Corregidor was garrisoned by the Spanish and later by the American forces.

Corregidor Island as seen from a distance

The tadpole-shaped island of Corregidor is popularly called "the Rock" by the Americans and Filipinos who defended it during the Second World War.

The island became the last defensive position of the American and Filipino defenders after Bataan fell into Japanese hands during World War II. After 27 days of valiantly defending the island, the sick and hungry defenders finally surrendered on May 6, 1942. The island was retaken by the Americans two years later, but the once-proud island fortress and its big guns would lay in ruins and would be until the present day.

Welcome to The Rock!

My first visit to Corregidor was sponsored by the fathers of my students from the school that I'm working at. The trip included a guided tour around the island and a night ghost hunting adventure inside the Malinta Tunnel.

The Rock has a rocky beach.

Although the place is an island, it is not designed for beach lovers. Corregidor Island lacks resorts and beachfront amenities that will cater to the needs of beachgoers. There was once a resort located near a former concentration camp but it did not fare well and was forced to close down. (I think tourists found it distasteful to enjoy near a place of agony.)

Check out these modified tranvia replicas

I wonder if Vin Diesel would drive one of these...

The island is perfect for those who want to see for themselves the horror and devastation of the war in the country. Overall, the Corregidor Island tour helps you improve your historical knowledge and your love for your country.

Places to see in Corregidor:

Middleside Barracks 60th CA (AA) EM

Battery Hearn

Battery Way

Battery Grubbs

Mile-Long Barracks

Eternal Flame of Freedom

Cine Corregidor

Corregidor Island Lighthouse

Pacific War Memorial

Lorcha Dock

Corregidor Beach Resort

Kindley Airfield

Malinta Tunnel

Pacific War Memorial Museum

Old Corregidor Flagpole

Japanese Tunnel

Senior Officer's Family Quarters

Fort Mills Post Headquarters and Chapel

Japanese Memorial Garden

Filipino Heroes Memorial

South Dock

San Jose Church

Ordnance Repair Shop

Corregidor Hotel

Some of the other batteries that were set up in Corregidor included: Wheeler, Ramsay, Morrison, James, Smith, Cheney, Monja, Kysor, Hamilton, Cushing, Sunset, Hanna, Keyes, Rockpoint, Wright, Rose, and Crockett.

Corregidor Island Day Tour Itinerary

7:00AM - Check-in and boarding time in Manila Bay
7:30AM - Estimated time of departure
9:15AM - Arrival in Corregidor Island north pier
9:30 - 12:00NN - Tour of the top and middle parts of the Island
12:30 - 1:30PM - Lunch in Corregidor Inn: A buffet lunch at the island’s hotel is included in the tour.
1:30 - 2:30PM - Tour of the bottom and tail parts of corregidor
3:45PM - Estimated time of arrival to Manila

Estimated Budget:

The biggest bulk of your budget would be for transportation from Manila to Corregidor IslandUnlike our other adventures where we have other options regarding transportation, we only have one choice, which is Sun Cruises, and that's where we'll focus.

A. Day Tour Package: Daily

Inclusions: Roundtrip ferry transfers; shrine and entrance fees; guided island tour and buffet lunch
 
Day Tour Weekday Adult Rate - Php2,200.00/person
Day Tour Weekend* Adult Rate - Php2,399.00/person
Day Tour Child Rate (3-11 yo) - Php1,350.00/person
*Weekend rate applies to Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday trips

B. Overnight Room Rate (On top of the day tour package) 

Single with Breakfast - Php1,500.00
Twin/ Double with Breakfast for two - Php2,000.00
Extra Person with Breakfast - Php750.00

C. Corregidor Historical Walking Tour

Inclusions: Roundtrip ferry transfers; shrine and entrance fees; guided walking tour - Php1,650.00/person

D. Corregidor Adventure

Inclusions: Roundtrip ferry transfers; shrine and entrance fees; packed lunch; Corregidor Adventure (Race) - Php1,999.00/person

E. Corregidor Ferry Transfers 

Inclusions: Roundtrip ferry transfers; a shrine and entrance fees;
Ferry Transfers Weekday Rate - Php1,250.00/person
Ferry Transfers Weekend* Rate - Php1,350.00/person
*Weekend rate applies to Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday trips

Optional Activities:

Lights and Sound Show at Malinta Tunnel - Php200.00/person
The Rocket (Zipline) - Php100.00/person
Outdoor Activities (Sunset and Sunrise viewing, Tunnel Lateral Tour) - Php250.00/person
Kayaking - Php500.00/hr.
ATVs (All-terrain vehicle) - Php500.00/hr. 

Corregidor Island Tour Rates

WEEKDAY RATE

PHP2,625/person Adult Rate
PHP1,425/person Child Rate [3-11 yrs. old]

WEEKEND RATE

PHP2,805/person Adult Rate
PHP1,425/person Child Rate [3-11 yrs. old]

Inclusions

Round trip ferry transfers
[Manila-Corregidor-Manila]
Guided Island Tour
Shrine and Island Entrance Fees
​Buffet Lunch with One Round of Pandan Juice

HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

PHP2,350/person Adult Rate
PHP2,350/person Child Rate [3-11 yrs. old]

Inclusions

Round trip ferry transfers
[Manila-Corregidor-Manila]
Walking Tour
​Shrine and Island Entrance Fees
​Buffet Lunch with One Round of Pandan Juice
Complimentary Historical Tour

BIKE TOUR

PHP3,125/person
***Bike and experience Corregidor
***Minimum of 5 persons

Inclusions

Round trip ferry transfers
[Manila-Corregidor-Manila]
Bike Tour with Trail Guide
​Bike Cargo Fee
​Shrine and Islands Entrance Fees

Buffet Lunch with One Round of Pandan Juice

***All packages are subject to Terminal Fee Php30.00/person to be paid on-site at COUNTER 4 before passengers may proceed to board area.

Information from travelventours.com

Why visit Corregidor?

Corregidor Island is a perfect weekend getaway destination for those living in and around Manila. If you are a big fan of history (like I am) then you should visit this place at least once in your life. There are different tours that you might want to try out like the hiking tour, walking tour, biking tour, and the Malinta Tunnel Night Lateral Tour

Getting to Corregidor Island:


Unless you hire a yacht (which is very expensive) or go to Bataan and rent a fishing boat to bring you to the island (which is tiring if you're from Manila), there is no other way to get to the island but through Sun Cruises.

Sun Cruises dominated, or let me say captured the tourism market for Corregidor. The good thing about it is that they have daily trips to the island.

Sun Cruises

The way to Corregidor is by a Sun Cruise ferry that leaves Manila once a day from Sun Cruise Terminal in Esplanade Seaside Terminal in Pasay City. Boarding time is 07:00 AM, and the estimated time of departure is 07:30. They are very punctual with their schedule, and being even slightly late will result in the cancellation of your booking. Getting back to Manila takes place once a day at 03:00 PM, and boarding time is 02:30 in Corregidor.

Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Esplanade Seaside Park, Seaside Blvd., MOA Complex, Pasay City. The boarding time is 7AM. 
(02) 8628 9751

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Comments

  1. Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I like to write a little comment to support
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  2. army baraks and green fields are so beautiful to visit. Iwill def. go there in vacations

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  3. Nice! Another amazing article from you. As usual I learned something new from it. Thanks a bunch! 🙂"

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  4. Nice! Another amazing article from you. As usual I learned something new from it. Thanks a bunch!

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  5. Beautiful, very well written indeed

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  6. This looks beautiful! Thank you for showing the beauty of the Philippines.

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  7. Really nice article written by you. Looking forward to your next article.

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  8. I like that you can travel so cheaply in the Philippines. This looks like a great place for a day trip!

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    1. It is but I highly suggest the overnight trip. You'd surely love the Night Lateral Tour.

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  9. The place looks so great. Such great captures I must say that and your description is lovely.

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  10. Great post! I will definitely have to roll this into our summer plans, since we're living in Spain right now. Thanks!

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    1. Oh come visit the Philippines after this Pandemic
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  11. Nice! Another amazing article from you. As usual I learned something new from it. Thanks a bunch! :)

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  12. this island is one of may favorite hope this year i will visit this place

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    1. Cool! I hope you could really visit Corregidor Island after this pamdemic.

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  13. Looks like a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. What a nice little tour. I wish I could travel right now.

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    1. Please do come visit Corregidor after this pandemic.

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  15. Very helpful information for anyone hoping to travel there. What a stunning and interesting place! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm happy you find Corregidor an interesting place.

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  16. Wow, what a beautiful island with a lot of nature and things to do! Very awesome trip!

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    1. Please do visit this historic island when you have the time. :)

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