For a quick out-of-town weekend getaway, we decided to visit the historical island of Corregidor for demographic (close to Manila) and economic (not a pricey vacation) reasons.
We booked a Corregidor day tour and overnight package via Sun Cruises for Php 2,499/person, which is a pretty good deal, inclusive of:
- Roundtrip ferry transfers to Corregidor Island and back
- Shrine, entrance and terminal fees
- Guided Corregidor Island tour and buffet lunch
- Accommodations at Corregidor Inn
Sun Cruises also offers Manila Bay sunset dinner cruise.
Ferry ride to Corregidor Island is about an hour where documentaries are shown and instructions are given on which tram (main transport on the island) to board. Each tram is accompanied by a guide; Our guide is both knowledgeable of Corregidor Island’s history and delivers the funniest jokes, making the tour more enjoyable.
The most photographed spot in Corregidor and definitely the highlight of the day tour for me are the barracks ruins.
With the first half of the Corregidor day tour done, we headed to Corregidor Inn for lunch, which was satisfying but nothing spectacular. Our guide tells us that the second half of the tour will be capped by the Malinta tunnel lights and sound show. My expectations are high since this costs an extra Php 150 if you are on day tour (included in our overnight package) and is often mentioned that it is conceptualized by national artist Lamberto Avellana.
After visiting a few more well tended monuments on Corregidor Island, we arrive at the tunnel. Excited much!
The show started off well with a tremendous boom mimicking an explosion, some smoke and flickering lights; It went downhill from there. It became repetitive, most of the time you’re listening to a 5-minute narration while staring at a stationary photo. Lights and sound were also not utilized very well. The show was culminated with the Philippine national anthem, a proud moment.
Sun Cruise’s Corregidor Day Tour Package is very well coordinated, although it felt a bit rushed. The tour, excluding lunch, took about 4 hours. Not a very long time considering all the history and the beautiful places on the island. It leaves you wanting. Not much time to take photos as well. As for the light show, although not really that well executed, I think is worth the Php 150 extra to complete the Corregidor experience.
After some photo op after the show, we boarded the tram and those on day tour headed for the docks. We, however (having purchased the overnight package), headed for the hotel.
Travel Date: January 2012