Something for the weekend: Corregidor Island walking tour

Take the whole family on a two-hour ferry ride from Manila to Bataan, and go on a walking tour of Corregidor Island for a slice of World War II history

By Monica De Leon. Photos by Bernard Supetran

Mile-long barrack at Topside, Corregidor
Put on your most comfy walking shoes and embark on a walking tour of historic Corregidor Island off Bataan, 48km west of Manila and a two-hour ferry ride across Manila Bay.  

The walking tour highlights some of World War II remnants in the island, once a fortress where a lot of Filipinos, alongside Americans, fought bravely against the Japanese during the war. In 1941, under the military command of General Douglas McArthur, Corregidor became the Allied Forces’ headquarters and seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government.

Night lateral tour at Malinta TunnelThe tour focuses on attractions at the Topside, the island’s biggest area that faces the West Philippine Sea, and covers sites such as the Japanese Tunnel, the Pacific, which bears The Pacific War Memorial, the Spanish Lighthouse, built in 1896 to warn against approaching galleons or enemies during the Spanish colonial era, and the Battery Way, a sequence of four 12-inch mortars built to defend Manila Bay.  

The Rocket, Corregidor's zipline rideOther side activities that can be availed of as add on to the walking tour are the Lights and Sound Show at Malinta Tunnel (additional P200 or about US$5 per person) and The Rocket, a zipline ride (P100 per person).

Buffet lunch at Corregidor Inn’s La Playa Inn is not part of the package cost but can be included by booking ahead and paying extra (P480 per person on weekends; P520 per person on weekends). 

Sun Cruises operates the Corregidor Historic Walking Tour, which costs P1,800 per person. The tour starts at 9:30am and lasts for four hours. To get to Corregidor Island, take a cab to Esplanade Seaside Terminal at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay and take the Corregidor-bound Sun Cruises ferry. The ferry ride costs P1,400 for roundtrip transfers on a weekday, and P1,500 on a weekend. Ferry fare rates include entrance fee to the island. www.corregidorphilippines.com.

Published April 2016

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