WWII and Corregidor Island: Historical Sightseeing Tour from Manila

Departing from your Manila hotel in the morning, your guide will take you by air-conditioned coach to the ferry dock, where you’ll board the 1-hour ferry to Corregidor Island, which guards the entrance to Manila Bay.

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.
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  • Min price: $127.94
  • Recommended duration of visit: 9 hours
  • Departure Point: Departs from your Manila or Makati City hotel

Departure Times:

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    • All entrance fees included
    • All necessary equipment included
    • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
    • Day trip (destination A to B)
    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Led by a local guide
    • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
    • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Operates: July to October: Thursday to SundayNovember to June: Daily
  • Inclusions:
    • Round-trip ferry ride
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
    • Lunch
  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Departure Info: Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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  • Kathleen N

    - 13 March 2018 -

    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!!!

  • Marcia K

    - 15 February 2018 -

    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.

  • Joseph F

    - 26 January 2018 -

    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.

  • Lucy

    - 19 December 2017 -

    That was an amazing Tour. The Island itself is so green , so pure , so clean and so strange in the same time . All ruins of that Army building make you feel back in time , trying to imagine how was life 60-70 years ago . It is really worth to visit it . The guide , a very professional lady was more than a very nice presence . I'm sorry to have forget her name . She was lovely !

  • James G

    - 26 October 2017 -

    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.

  • Janet B

    - 10 July 2017 -

    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.

  • Gabriela E

    - 29 June 2017 -

    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.

  • Mahbub E Farid

    - 07 April 2017 -

    Wonderful experience. Would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat!

  • Charles ARNESTAD

    - 15 March 2017 -

    A truly fascinating trip to the historical site. You really feel that you are being rushed around the place, but that's what happens in large groups. All in all an enjoyable day.

  • David M

    - 10 February 2017 -

    Great experience, great staff - definitely worth it!

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