Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.
Kris’ gift for my 25th birthday was a day trip to the “tadpole” island also known as Corregidor Island.
We have long wanted to visit the island but I guess we became so pre-occupied with our out-of-the-country trips during the last couple of years that we have not been able to tour domestically.
Anyway, we booked via Sun Cruises Philippines, the leading, if not the only, operator that provides ferrying services, tours and hotel in Corregidor. The day tour costs Php1,998 (USD47) per person inclusive of round trip ferry transfers; shrine, entrance and terminal fees; guided island tour and buffet lunch. We also availed the optional Lights and Sounds Show at the MalintaTunnel for Php150 (USD3.50) which was the highlight of the tour.
The Cruise was smooth and fast except for a few minutes when we passed over some choppy waters on the way to the island. We arrived a little before 10 in the morning and we immediately boarded a vintage-looking tram or tranvia. We chose the tram that carried the best tour guide we have ever met, Armando. He really is extraordinary, knows what his stuff, witty, and of course, has a lot of sense of humor, which in our opinion, is a must for every tour guide. (I googled him after the tour and stumbled upon Carlos Celdran’s blog wherein he mentioned that Armando is in fact, the smartest tour guide in the country. So, trust me, he is THAT impressive.)
Moving on, let me take your eyes and mind to the great sights that Corregidor has to offer. Enjoy! (Please see attached photos)
Those are just some of the outstanding highlights that we encountered during our visit. We decided not to describe word by word what to expect in those stops because we’d love for you to come visit and see the sights and hear the rich history behind them, personally.
For non-Filipinos, we strongly suggest that you guys do a little research about the island before jumping on a tour. This will make you more familiar and help you appreciate and understand every bit and pieces that your tour guide is telling you about.
Written and contributed by 2girls1journey