WWII and Corregidor Island: Historical Sightseeing Tour from Manila
Upon arrival, board a sightseeing coach for a tour of the island. Nicknamed ‘the Rock,’ this island provided the first line of defense for Filipino and American soldiers from the invading Japanese forces during WWII.
You’ll first visit the Malinta Tunnel, which was built by US engineers as a bomb-proof storage and hideout bunker and was later converted to a hospital. Explore the tunnel ruins and relive history during the Malinta Tunnel light and sound show, locally known as the Malinta Experience, which chronicles the events that shaped American operations during the war.
Life-sized dioramas, complete with voice overs, lights and sound effects, will show you what life was like in the tunnel during the war. You’ll also see some footage of important events that led to two epic battles involving the invasion and later retaking of Corregidor by Filipino and American forces from the Japanese.
Next, visit the Mile-Long Barracks, a now roofless, skeletal three-story concrete building that served as the quarters of around 2,000 US officials including General Douglas MacArthur.
Take a quick detour to the Spanish Lighthouse, located at the highest point of the island. Walk up the steps and enjoy a spectacular view of Corregidor, Manila Bay, the South China Sea and the neighboring provinces of Bataan and Cavite.
You’ll also visit Battery Way and Battery Hearn, where you’ll see batteries displaying the various guns from the time, and the Pacific War Memorial, one of only two memorials built by the US government to mark the war.
At midday, your guide will take you to a local restaurant where you can enjoy some delicious Filipino cuisine. After your tour, take the ferry back to Manila and end with hotel drop-off.
- Round-trip ferry ride
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- If your hotel is outside the Manila City or Makati City limits, please make your own way to the New World Renaissance Hotel in Makati at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure
- Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Very little to see or do on Corregidor. The high point of trip was when the catamaran taking us back from the island was buffeted by a typhoon, necessitating passengers don life vests. The crew performed magnificently. I was tempted to give an even lower grade because the vendor didn't respond to about six e-mails and phone calls trying to find out where and when I would be picked up. Didn't find out until the night before.
Loved visiting this place as it brought history alive. The Japanese invasion of the Pacific was horrible and with luck on our side we were able to return the Philippines to the Filipino people. This tour showed us the effort exerted to make this happen. The tour was comfortable an very informative. It kept me interested the entire time and was not difficult at all.
This is our third trip to Corregidor, but the first time with our four children ages 11, 14, 16, 18. The tour moves fast enough to keep the attention of the kids, while not feeling rushed. At each stop, we had time to look around and explore. I would recommend going to the Malinta Tunnel. They've improved the presentation since our last visit in 2015. It was the capstone of the tour.
I had a challenge with the reservation and mistakenly had the wrong date selected. One simple phone call to Viator and follow-up with the tour company on the ground resolved it with no problem. The tour is very well run, you get to see a lot of the Island in a short amount of time and actually walk through history, and the lunch was good too. Excellent experience!!!
This tour was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job. The island itself was beautiful and the WWII ruins were amazing. Ther was also a very nice lunch about halfway through the tour and there was plenty of time allotted at each stop to take pictures.
This was a good tour and showed what happened here during the war. It could have been a couple of hours shorter but it was very interesting.
Fascinating history and beautiful island. I thought the pace of the tour was just right, but I could see where some might wish for a little more time in some spots. It was hot and I recommend bringing water you can buy it at some stops along the way, wearing the coolest clothes you have, along with a hat and making sure you have sunscreen. My only disappointment is I wish there had been more space on the deck of the ferry.