Corregidor Tour Travel Guide – Cavite, Philippines
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Corregidor Island has been in my travel list since last year – yeah, that late. I wasn’t really into history until recently, when I added Van Ybiernas on Facebook, a history professor in De La Salle University (DLSU). His posts fueled my eagerness to learn more about my beloved Philippines, and the things that transpired in history.
Now, more than ever, I am more interested in museums, artifacts, and history that goes along with every relic that I see. So on March 1, when we received an invitation to join the familiarization tour to Corregidor Island organized by Asia Travel and Sun Cruises, I did not think twice. Indeed, the universe provides what your heart desires.
ABOUT CORREGIDOR ISLAND
Corregidor got its name from the Spanish words “to correct” because during Spanish occupation, ships containing documents for correction are sent in to the island. It also goes with several other names – The Island of Fortress, Fort Mills, The Rock, and Gibraltar of the East.
Because of its strategic location, it has been used as one of the harbor defenses of the capital during the Pacific War. The island became the last defensive position of the American and Filipino defenders after Bataan fell into Japanese hands during World War II — they fought for 27 days and finally surrendered on May 6, 1942. Corregidor’s fall signaled Japanese victory and the start of their occupation of the Philippines (1942 – 1945).
Nowadays, the place offers stunning ruins of barracks and shelters that will forever remind us of so many lives that perished in war. They are so beautiful that you will be thankful to the government in their effort in preserving every piece of these rusty, dilapidated buildings. There is something really amazing just by looking at the remains that tell a lot about what happened before, during, and after the war.
Corregidor Island Tour is perfect for those who want to see for themselves the horror and devastation of World War II in the country.
HOW TO GET TO CORREGIDOR ISLAND
Contrary to popular belief, Corregidor Island is in Cavite NOT in Bataan. The place is near the province of Bataan but it is under the jurisdiction of the province of Cavite. The easiest way to get to the island is through a ferry ride from Esplanade Seaside, near SM MOA.
Sun Cruises monopolizes the transportation to and from the island. So to reach Corregidor, you have to ride one of the ferries of Sun Cruises. Their terminal is situated in Esplanade Seaside, near SM MOA Complex. Map here.
CORREGIDOR ISLAND TOUR ITINERARY
|Check-in Time||6:30 AM|
|Boarding Time||7:00 AM|
|ETD Manila||7:30 AM|
|ETA Corregidor||9:00 AM||Tour upon arrival. Lunch. Continue tour.|
|ETD Corregidor||2:30 PM|
|ETA Manila||4:00 PM|
- Check-in counter opens 1 hour before the scheduled time of departure and strictly closes 30 minutes before departure. Passengers who arrive after the cut-off time will not be allowed to go on board.
- Reservation required prior to travel date.
CORREGIDOR DAY TOUR PACKAGES AND RATES* (Effective February 1, 2018)
*Rates subject to change without prior notice. For updated rates, you may visit Sun Cruises’ site.
Corregidor Historical Tram Tour
|Day Tour Weekday Adult Rate||Php 2,600.00 / person||
|Day Tour Weekend Adult Rate||Php 2,800.00 / person|
|Day Tour Weekday Child Rate (3-11 yrs. old)||Php 1,800.00 / person|
|Day Tour Weekend Child Rate (3-11 yrs. old)||Php 1,800.00 / person|
*Weekend rate applies to Saturday, Sunday and Holiday trips
Corregidor Student Rate Package
|Packed Lunch||Php 1500.00 / person||
|Buffet Lunch||Php 1800.00 / person|
Corregidor Overnight Rate Package
|Room Rate (Single)||Php 5,000.00||
|Room Rate (Twin / Double )||Php 6,600.00|
|Extra Bed||Php 3,600.00|
|Outdoor Activities||Php 500.00 / head||Sunset & Sunrise Viewing, Night Lateral, Easy Hike|
|Kayak||Php 500.00 / hour||Two-seater|
|Bambike Rental||Php 300.00 / hour / unit|
Note: For updated rates, please visit Sun Cruises’ website.
WHAT TO SEE IN CORREGIDOR ISLAND
If you like history and wants to know more about the Philippines, Corregidor is a good option. Corregidor Island Tour is not exactly a family-friendly or kid-friendly activity because of the hot, humid weather and the day tour itself is fast-paced. Overall, however, the island tour helps a lot in appreciating history and your love for your country.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR CORREGIDOR ISLAND TOUR
- Bring enough hydration and snacks or power bars. Aside from the hotel restaurant, there are no stores in the area.
- Bring a fan and an umbrella. You won’t enjoy roaming around under the unforgiving heat of the sun.
- There are travel agencies like Sole Adventours that offer Corregidor Tour packages it is best to contact Sun Cruises directly for cheaper rates.
- Corregidor is not designed for beach lovers. There are not beachfront resorts in the area and no amenities that will cater to the needs of beachgoers are available.
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IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS
Sun Cruises Corregidor Reservations Office
Tel. (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 831-8140
Mobile (63)917 513-2625, (63)922 337-0068
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