The terminal is small and clean. It's also the terminal for trips going to Camaya Coast. It has a 7-11 and a MICAH Cafe who wants to fill themselves before leaving. Tip is to bring your own water because when I went to 7-11 to buy our water that morning and the line was long and it was little crazy in there with travelers, bikers, etc were also buying food and water.
May entertainment pa before sailing out.
Safety first!The trip took about 2 hours, longer than I expected, we arrived at the island almost 10am na. It was a long and slow 2 hours haha! There's a TV on board but they only played videos about Corregidor. I like history but running on a few hours of sleep and no coffee, the video made me more sleepy. I was so happy when we arrived. I was also relieved the kids were behaved throughout the trip.
They just played together and fell asleep for awhile.Corregidor Island is about 48 kilometers west of Manila, located at the entrance of Manila Bay. Corregidor. Formerly known as Fort Mills during the World War II, Corregidor is one of the important historic and tourists sites in the country. The island stands as a military memorial for American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served and lost their lives in the island.
Meet Armand, our tour guide,
The iconic Mile-Long Barracks! I wish I had a wide angle lens to capture the whole stretch!
Our last stop before lunch was the Corregidor Lighthouse. We were the first group to arrive so we took advantage and went up to the lighthouse while it was empty.
Al fresco lunch! Food is already included in the package. It was just okay, I think it's by MIHCA (Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts). There's one drink included but you can also order your drinks at your own expense. After the one hour lunch, we continued our tour to the other side of the island.
The Malinta Tunnel was our last stop. Malinta Tunnel was used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker then later turned into a 1,000-bed hospital. There's a light and sound show inside the tunnel which is an additional of Php200/person and optional. We skipped it because Y didn't want to go plus it was also drizzling. We waited for the show to finish before going inside.
Our group I think has the most people who opted not to watch the show. Since it was a 30-minute show, our tour guide thought of taking a few of us in our group on a off-limits tour. BOS and R went with the group with flashlights and hard hats with flashlights only! They went through to foxhole and came out in one of the lateral tunnels inside. I heard one of them had to crawl just to get through the foxhole. Si R lang daw ang nakalusot na nakatayo. I think this was the best part of the tour for R!
It's actually darker inside than what is in the photo. Medyo eerie siya...
After Malinta Tunnel, it was time to head back to Manila. The trip back also took about 2 hours also, we all slept during the trip. We were all tired! We arrived at around 5PM and we were supposed to join the dinner cruise also but it was raining so we went to the mall na lang.
A lot of my friends were asking: "May mumu ba?" I believe there are spirits roaming around but I have never felt their presence ("Please wag kayo magparamdam!" Haha!). I know some people who do and if you do and you're quite unsure or scared, I suggest you think about it. :)
If you like history and wants to know more, Corregidor is for you. It's not exactly a family-friendly or kid-friendly place but R enjoyed the tramvia ride, the open space, and the tunnel. I just wish the tour was in a slower pace than it was so I can take it all in. What I want to know is, is there any another Corregidor tour provider aside from Sun Cruises?
BOS and I were talking about going back when the kids are bigger and stay at Corregidor Inn. They have different activities for overnighters like hiking, biking, sunset viewing and even camping!
This was our first trip for the year, can't wait for the next one in May! Meanwhile, more city trips for now.
To know more about Corregidor and Sun Cruises, check out http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/.
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