For me, this tour was more educational and nostalgic, if you will, rather than a sightseeing tour. It really felt like going back in time, and our tour guide whose name I completely forgot unfortunately ably led us to it by giving a detailed account of the events, the precise dates, and the various key players in the siege, defense, and eventual fall of Corregidor into the hands of the Japanese imperial army. I was really touched by the lights and sounds presentation inside the Malinta tunnel which capped the day tour.
Hotel pick up and drop off was well coordinated and was reasonably swift notwithstanding the infamous Manila traffic jams. The buffet lunch served as part of the tour package was reasonable and generous in terms of quality and quantity. The ferry ride was somewhat long and a bit boring though, and I wonder if Viator could explore other faster, more comfortable modes of water transport to and from Corregidor.
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!!!
The tour of the island was great. However the price we were charged for the tour was a rip-off. We were charged 125 per person for a tour that costs 65. All we received for that additional fee was transportation to and from the dock a short 15 minute ride. A cab would have cost 10 for the both of us. We were ripped off by tour Viator.
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.
I would definitely recommend this trip.
The tour began punctually when I was picked up at my hotel at 6:00am.
After that, we were taken to a small port to take the small ship what would take us to the Corregidor Island.
After 1,5 hours we arrived to the island where little open buses were waiting for us.
Our tour guide was simply great. Very knowledgeable and entertaining.
At 12:00 we had a very good buffet lunch.
The island tour ended around 2:30. After that we took the ship back to Manila.
The WWII and Corregidor Island Tour is a must for those who have an interest in history, especially World War II history. Those who have only a passing interest in history will not be disappointed. The views from the island, the local scenery and wildlife make the visit well worthwhile.
The early departure time from Manila is needed as there is much to see in a day. Any signs of drowsiness are soon blown away by the ferry crew who start the short one hour voyage with an entertaining dance routine.
Upon arrival at the island you are allocated to a small open air bus designed to resemble the trams which operated on the island leading up to its fall to the Japanese in 1942. Each bus has a personal guide. Our guide was amazing. He was a real character and his commentary and engagement with everyone made the tour both informative and entertaining.
The walk through the Malinta tunnel is a must. The audio visual display provides an insight into what it must have been like in the dark days leading to the fall of the island.
Lunch, included in my ticket, was served in a marquee near the Spanish Lighthouse. The food is plentiful and quite tasty. The local drink provided was not to my taste but you are able to purchase other drinks if you so desire and chilled water is also provided.
Time constraints prohibits the tour visiting all points of interest on the island. You will visit the significant historical sites. If you are interested in spending more time exploring the island in detail I it is possible to stay overnight on the island. Overnight stays are not part of this tour.
On the trip back to Manila I could not help wondering what it must have been like enduring the hardships while under siege by the Imperial Japanese Army, with no relief possible and an uncertain future. It makes you appreciate the time in which we live and the sacrifice of others such that we can enjoys such times. Lest we forget!