Cavite Adventure: Corregidor Island


Our adventure today takes us 48 kilometers west of kilometer 0 in Manila. Corregidor Island is a stratigically located island at the mouth of manila Bay. Its name came from the Spanish  word corregir which means to correct. The Spanish require all ships to stop and have their documents checked and corrected in 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 American 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 the beach lovers. The island lacks resorts and beach front amenities that will cater to the needs of beach goers. There was once  resort located near a former concentration camp but it did not fare well and was forced to close down. (I think tourist found it distasteful to enjoy near a place of agony.)

The island is perfect for those who want to see for themselves the horror and devastation of the war in the country.

Overall, the island tour helps you improve your historical knowledge and your love for your country.

Places to see:
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, Writh, Rose, and Crockett.

Getting there:

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.

CCP Terminal A, CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard, Manila
(02) 8318140, (02) 8346857, and (02) 8346858
Look for this building
There is also a new terminal in the vicinity of Mall of Asia.
Contacts:
Reservations Office
Fernando Ma. Guerrero corner Paseo Palisoc, CCP
Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Tel. (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 831-8140
Fax (632) 834-1523
Mobile  (63)917 513-2625 (63)922 337-0068
E-mail: suncruises@magsaysay.com.ph


Sales Office
21st Floor Times Plaza Bldg., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 527-5555 local 4511 and 4512
Fax No. (632) 527-5555 local 4513
E-mail: sales@suncruises.com.ph


Corregidor Inn
Corregidor Island, Cavite
Mobile:  0917-5276350
E-mail: corregidor_inn@suncruises.com.ph


Itinerary:

Estimated Budget:
The biggest bulk of your budget would be for the transportation from Manila to Corregidor Island. Unlike 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; 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. 

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