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Corregidor Tour 2017

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We took this tour of Corregidor in June of 2017. Sun Cruises is the exclusive tour operators for Corregidor, their website is corregidorphilippines. Corregidor is one of those places I’ve always wanted to go visit, but never made the time for it. It is, after all, a full day trip, and we are usually just transiting through Manila. We had in-laws visit from the states, and had a full day with nothing on the calendar, so it was perfect.

The boat, M/V Sun Cruiser II, departs from the Esplanade Seaside Terminal, not far off of Roxas Blvd. We got there early, got our tickets, and waited for departure time which was early morning.

Here are my tips and recommendations for the trip:

1.       Bring a hat. Dress in cool clothes and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you get seasick, do what you need to do so you don’t. The boat trip is an hour and a half one way, and you’re sitting in the bottom staring out the front window bouncing up and down. If you get sick, it makes for a long day!

2.       Don’t be kuripot. They offered a lower rate where you walk the island, and lunch is not included. First of all, the island is large, too large to walk…not even sure why it is offered. Second, while everyone else is eating lunch, you’re standing around…obviously too kuripot to pay for the meal…which is embarrassing!

3.       If you are not in excellent physical condition, stick to the trolley car…walking and bike riding, especially during the summer, would not be recommended.

So we arrive at the island, and start looking around at which way to walk…haha! One of the tour guides took one look at us, took pity on us, and “talked” us into riding in his trolley car! The guy probably saved us from having a heart attack or heat stroke!

The trolley cars are open air, so going during the summer months it was a little warm, I guess going during rainy season you just get wet. But we cooled off in between stops so that was fine.

The tour was awesome…I have to admit that Corregidor is the cleanest place I have ever visited in the Philippines. Our tour guide, Edward (might have been Edwin, it’s been a couple of years!), was very knowledgeable and witty, he kept the tour entertaining. There was plenty of time at each stop to take pictures and walk around, the tour never felt rushed. 

All in all, highly recommended.

 

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The guns on this island were massive. There were close to 13 of these bronze panels in the plaza, showing different conflicts throughout Philippine history.

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More of the bronze panels.

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Views around the island, and the cemetery which interns Filipino, American and Japanese soldiers008.thumb.jpg.9403c94c32c7660906116d615238445c.jpg009.thumb.jpg.c5f00b53dd613270c1d29588191c17f3.jpg010.thumb.jpg.e190673af40ae9abca7de45abc410e3c.jpg011.thumb.jpg.4d947d082e2db077dabcc7041ec6b77f.jpg.

The tunnels, just a little bit cooler inside! Our tour guide Edward is in one of the pictures.

 

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A lot of old barracks, not sure if the damage is from shelling, or deterioration over the years. The guns are huge, not sure if you call those artillery or not.

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There was a light house that you can go to the top of, the views up there were great. There was the Pacific War Memorial, and the museum as well. The museum was worth the view, as well as it got you inside with some A/C!

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