A Weekend in Corregidor - Through GE X500
It's been a while since my last local trip, Boracay, which was about a month ago. With some of the US office mates that visited in Manila, I decided to take them to Corregidor. At the same time, this was my first trip to this Rocky island as well. Imagine - living 20+ years in Manila, and I haven't even visited this tourist destination.
I can booked online (suggested) via Sun Cruises (www.corregidorphilippines.com) for a Day Trip of Php1999.00 with an additional surcharge of Php100. I would suggest you book the Day Trip rather than the overnight, because the experience is really worth a day for regular tourists, unless you have other things to do in the island on top of the regular tour.
The ferry dock is located in CCP, beside Folk Arts Theatre. We were there before 7:00am to avoid the hassle. I would suggest, prior to the trip, you bring an umbrella, cap and lots of bottled water as it could get very humid at high noon. The boat trip would be a little more than an hour. The ferry is airconditioned and very comfortable. Plus, there's a viewing deck at the 2nd floor so you can go outside and take pictures.
As soon as we arrived at the island, we boarded one of the selected numbered buses marked as "English Guiding" tours. The bus can accommodate around 25 people. There will be a short introduction on the island and then we were off to the first ruins.
Most of the things you would see in the guided tour are ruined Barracks, Batteries, Japanese Tunnels, and Memorial Monuments. I don't want to spoil much of the information, the tour guide will help you narrate the events as we pass through each ruin. There is a photo opportunity every stop - around 10-15 minutes.
Then we had our lunch back at Corregidor Inn, at La Playa resturant. This is part of the package that we've paid, and it's buffet style. There's enough food, and the taste is pretty ok.
After the lunch, we headed to the Malinta Tunnel and watched the Lights and Sounds Show. But we have to pay Php150.00 for that. I read a couple of reviews that it was not good, but I find it ok and interesting.
Then we went back to the docks 2:30pm to board the ferry back to Manila.
Below are more photos I took on this small historic island.