May 25, 2009

Corregidor: The tour facilities

The best way to tour Corregidor Island on your first visit is to take one of the packaged tours of Sun Cruises. The day tour only costs Php 2,150 (US$ 45) per person and that includes the two-way ferry trip, guided tour, buffet lunch and Malinta Tunnel show. Going through the guided tour even just once will make the experience of the island so much richer. The ferry station in Manila is beside Harbour Square in the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex and the ferry most often used by Sun Cruises for the Corregidor trip is the M/V Sun Cruiser II. It takes the ferry about an hour and fifteen minutes to cover the 26.6 km distance between Manila and Corregidor.

M/V Sun Cruiser II

Nothing fancy inside the ferry, just seats for 285 people in two air-conditioned levels. There's a snack counter and an open area on the upper deck. The three rows in front of us were all Japanese tourists and there were also a lot of Americans (some of whom were in the U.S. Armed Forces), a Spanish family and a few other Europeans.

inside the M/V Sun Cruiser II

Lunch is served at the Corregidor Inn, the only hotel on the island. This is also where you stay if you decide to take the overnight package.

Corregidor Inn

The bus which takes you on the guided tour is designed to look like the electric trams that were used extensively on the island during the American period. Malinta Tunnel still has the trolley line's double tracks and you can glimpse what remains of the tracks beside the roads and under the vegetation all over the island.

Sun Cruises' tour bus designed to look like a tram used in the Corregidor Island tours

CORREGIDOR ISLAND SERIES #6 OF 7

26 comments:

Olivier said...

cela doit faire une belle visite, j'aime beaucoup le bus/tramway
it must pay a nice call, I like the bus/trolley car very much

Pam said...

That sounds like a nice day trip and a great way to learn about what happened there.
Great photos, Hilda :D

Jacob said...

Well, if we ever get over there, we will definitely take the tour. I sounds very nice. I think, too, I'd like to stay overnight to get the full flavor of the place.

Great pictures, Hilda!

Abe Lincoln said...

I wonder if any more old soldiers have made the trip or are they all gone now?

My look back to the good old days on Decoration Day

Cezar and Léia said...

This should be a really interesting trip to take!
God bless you!
Cezar & Léia

George said...

Thanks for the information on ways to tour Corregidor. Thanks to your blog there are many things I would like to see in Manila, but Corregidor is one of them.

James said...

Sounds like a fun and educational day trip. I wish I went there when I had the chance.

Laurie said...

WOw,this looks fun. And such gorgeous shots, Hilda!

marley said...

Glad you finished the series off. You've got a great selection of photos that really illustrate the place.

Vogon Poet said...

Thank you againg for this wonderful virtual tour. I think the nicest photos of this last set is the one of the bus!

m_m said...

I like this photo with the ship on the water - so nostalgic!

Joy said...

It takes me back!

Hope the water wasn't choppy. Looks like you had a fab day, the weather looks gorgeous.

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JM said...

The 1st pic is beautiful and the bus so very cool!

Lois said...

Sounds like a wonderful tour Hilda! I really like the look of that old trolley! By the way I am still having trouble viewing some of the blogs and yours seems to be one of them. I hope this problem with blogger gets fixed soon!

Don and Krise said...

Thank you again Hilda for another informative post. I would love to take the tour and learn more.

Layrayski said...

Ah so the bus isn't really an electric bus.

nazeee said...

that sounded like a wonderful tour
thank you

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Corregidor Island would be interesting to see in person - so full of history.

Halcyon said...

Looks like a nice way to spend a day.

Regina said...

Nice post Hilda. going there soon. (If I have time:). Thanks.

PJ said...

It's so strange to think that people go to Corregidor for tours. I'm glad you had such a good time, Hilda. It's really interesting to see how the presentation.

Baruch said...

I like the picture of the ferry and your trip sounds like fun

Ken Mac said...

i think there is a movie named Corregidor, though it's purely some old war thing.

Mo said...

Sounds like a fun day

the donG said...

wow! i particularly like the bus. if that's the bus used for traveling, i can just sit there the whole day while it roams the whole island.

it's good to know that it's organized there though some little things you cant avoid.

glasgowdailyphoto said...

That bus is so cute! I'm not so keen on the boat, but the backdrop is amazing!

Jackie