Corregidor Island is a fascinating destination, offering more than just being a volcanic crater known as Corregidor Caldera. With its rich history spanning from the Spanish colonial era to the late 1960s, the island holds tales and secrets waiting to be uncovered. Moreover, Corregidor Island is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and anyone seeking a break from the ordinary to have some fun! Let’s explore the top attractions on the island.
EXPLORE THE RUINS AND BATTERIES
When picturing Corregidor Island, iconic images of the various barracks ruins and batteries come to mind. From the Mile Long Barracks to the hospital, Middleside Barracks, Cine Corregidor, and many more, these remnants are scattered across the island. Some can even be found hidden within the forest or covered in vegetation.
The island is also home to mortars located in different areas like Batter Way, where a collection of big guns can be found, Battery Grubbs, Battery Hearn boasting the largest gun, and many more awaiting your discovery. Exploring these ruins and mortars can be an intriguing experience, whether you opt for a guided tour or decide to venture on foot or bike.
WITNESS THE MALINTA TUNNEL LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW
Considered the centerpiece of the tour, the Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show is an optional experience with a separate fee (currently P200). This captivating show focuses on the events that transpired inside this historic tunnel. Through footage, historic tracks, and narrations, you can quickly grasp the significance of Corregidor Island, especially during World War II.
The show offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the island’s history and gain a deeper understanding of its role during wartime. It’s a must-see attraction for visitors seeking to delve into the island’s past.
SPANISH ERA LIGHTHOUSE
Built during the Spanish colonial era, this historic lighthouse stands as a reminder of the island’s past. It is one of the few structures that offer insight into the history of Corregidor during that period. Today, the grounds have been transformed into a mini museum. The picturesque area features two flanking buildings and a waypoint. At the far end of the road, you can find a flagpole that was once the mast of a Spanish galleon, claimed as booty by the Americans.
MONUMENTS, SCULPTURES, MUSEUMS, AND MEMORIALS
Corregidor Island is adorned with various monuments, sculptures, a museum, and memorials that provide a glimpse into the events, heroes, victors, and vanquished who have contributed to the island’s sacred status.
From the Eternal Flame of Freedom and the museum and dome at the Pacific War Memorial to the Japanese Memorial Garden and the Filipino Heroes Memorial, each location offers a snapshot of the island’s historical significance. Additionally, different parks and gardens dot the landscape, further enriching the island’s hallowed grounds.
TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF CORREGIDOR
Embark on a walking tour of Corregidor Island, specifically the section known as “Of Bombs, Big Guns, and Lost Gold!” offered by Old Manila Walks. This immersive experience unveils a treasure trove of stories and secrets waiting to be discovered.
With knowledgeable guides you can enjoy the intriguing journey through the island’s history. Prepare for an engaging and unforgettable walk!
UNRAVEL THE JABIDAH MASSACRE
Did you know that the challenges surrounding Muslim autonomy in the Philippines originated in Corregidor? The infamous Jabidah Massacre was intended to be a covert operation that recruited Muslims from Sulu and Tawi-Tawi for a mission to retake Sabah in the late 1960s. However, word leaked out, prompting authorities to attempt erasing all evidence of the operation by eliminating the recruits.
Only one recruit managed to escape, swimming to Cavite and surviving to tell the tale. In one of the rooms at Fort Miller Hospital, you can find graffiti created by these recruits. It’s worth noting that some claim the Jabidah Massacre to be a hoax concocted by an adversary of Marcos.
Indulge in an exhilarating experience by sliding down from Cordillera Inn to South Beach or opting for an ATV ride along marked and designated trails. If you’re interested in discovering the avian wonders of the island, embark on an exciting birdwatching tour. Don’t miss the spectacle of eagles soaring through the thermal currents during sunrise while you await the break of dawn at the tailside.
HIKE, BIKE, OR RUN A MARATHON AROUND CORREGIDOR
Step off the tramvias and hit the road! Corregidor offers more than just a history lesson—it boasts a network of hiking trails, tunnels, and well-paved roads. Explore these paths on foot or by bike, immersing yourself in a different perspective of the island. Additionally, Corregidor hosts the annual Corregidor Marathon and the Corregidor International Half Marathon, inviting participants to test their endurance amidst this remarkable setting.
STAY OVERNIGHT IN CORREGIDOR FOR UNFORGETTABLE TOURS
There’s so much more to Corregidor than a day tour package. Don’t limit yourself to a morning visit, a quick tour, and returning to Manila. Extend your stay! Discover the best of Corregidor during the enchanting hours of night or early morning. Witness awe-inspiring sunsets and sunrises, embark on an intriguing Japanese tunnel walk, and explore the captivating ruins of Fort Mills Hospital or the enthralling lateral tunnels. These experiences add an extra layer of excitement to your Corregidor adventure.
TAKE A DIP AT THE BEACH AND TRY STONE BALANCING
Whether you choose South Beach or Resort Beach, both offer idyllic settings for a refreshing swim, leisurely beachcombing, or the intriguing art of stone balancing. The latter activity allows you to play with round and smooth stones, including an array of bloodstones in various sizes and colors. Each beach offers scenic views of Caballo Island in the distance, providing a picturesque backdrop for your beach escapades. While these beaches may not have the typical white sandy shores, they still offer a perfect spot to cool off and enjoy the water.
Corregidor Island is a haven of excitement and exploration, offering a wide range of activities for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. You can enjoy sliding, hiking, biking, swimming, or simply immersing yourself in the island’s unique ambiance.