CORREGIDOR OVERNIGHT TOUR: 5 things to Do (Other than Ghost-Hunting)

We watched as the sun took a dive, leaving behind a luminous, honey-colored splatter across the sky. costs most of my time in huge cities, I have discovered to appreciate every moment I am treated to a remove view of a glorious sunset. as well as I stood there, atop the cliff, just taking everything in, not minding at all that I am in what many think about one of the most haunted locations in the Philippines. Darkness was creeping in, however our tour was just beginning.

Corregidor is understood by many nicknames: “Fort Mills” during the American era, “The Rock” for its terrain as well as fortifications, as well as “Gibraltar of the East” for its resemblance to Mediterranean Sea’s peninsular fortress. since of its strategic location, at the mouth of Manila Bay, it played a pivotal function during the Pacific War. Its autumn signaled the begin of the Japanese profession of the Philippines (1942-45). countless souls from both sides perished in the island: most killed during battle. Others selected to end their lives instead of waving the white flag.

This fierce history has made the island notorious for eerie, weird encounters. many select to check out the island on a day tour as well as decline to spend even just one night here. who can blame them, really? It is the photo that media has painted, scaring would-be visitors as well as restricting many of those who attempt to short day tours. as well as it’s a shame. While this island offers a great deal of enlightening insights as well as picturesque vistas under the sun, its finest is served in the dark. right here are five reasons to stay overnight in Corregidor.

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1. hospital Ruins Tour
2. Sunset from Battery Grubbs
3. Lateral Tunnels Tour
4. Sunrise over the Tail End.
5. South Beach.
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1. hospital Ruins Tour

Corregidor’s Old Hospital
The light was dwindling when we shown up at the hospital. The surrounding forest has kept the air great in this part of the island even when it was the middle of summer. It was our very first stop, as well as I couldn’t believe that we were diving right into the horror. This hospital, to me, is the eeriest area in Corregidor.

The four wings of the hospital type a cross, clearly visible when viewed from the top. It was intentionally designed that method to send a message to any type of aircraft overhead that it is a medical facility which, according to the Geneva Convention, must be spared. however Japan wasn’t a signatory, so when they saw the cross, they most likely said, “Nah, like we care,” as well as went on a bombing spree anyway. What stays standing today are its walls that look as though they may crumble any type of time.

But that wasn’t the eeriest bit. On a few of these walls were writings — messages, names, curse words — left behind by some Muslim soldiers that were slaughtered in what is understood today as Jabidah Massacre.

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In 1968, soldiers from Sulu stayed in this hospital for training to execute a plan to, allegedly, infiltrate Sabah. however the plan altered as well as the recruits were supposed to be transferred from the island to one more camp in Luzon in two batches. The second batch didn’t make it to the mainland. They were killed by the army. only one survived. What precisely occurred has been the subject of decades-long debates.

2. Sunset from Battery Grubbs

Battery Grubbs harbors two disappearing guns, artilleries that vanish from opponent view after firing. It’s one of the most important battery placements in the area. however for somebody like me who is more thinking about nature than huge guns, it’s finest visited just before dusk as it offers a magnificent view of the sunset.

Battery Grubbs
Sunset from Battery Grubbs

3. Lateral Tunnels Tour

Day trippers will get to walk with the primary tunnel (and enjoy the Lights as well as seems show that narrates the events at Corregidor during the second world War), however those who stay overnight may select to return as well as go deeper into the mountain.

The tunnel is where Filipino as well as American soldiers took shelter when the Japanese attacked. It is likewise where the Japanese hid when the Allied forces returned to reclaim the island. In both occasions, blood was shed. The surviving Japanese soldiers selected to do hara kiri inside the tunnel instead of surrendering. Some lateral tunnels likewise served as hospital. This explains the nerves that many of us felt upon entering the site, even when this is the part that most of us were looking ahead to. After putting on a helmet as well as with a flashlight in one hand, we walked into total darkness as well as saw many of the tunnel’s corners.

The Lights as well as seems show occurs at the primary tunnel of Malinta.
Inside the Lateral Tunnels
The most unforgettable part of our one-hour walk inside was when we were told tonot make any type of noise so we might hear the “sound of silence.” I smirked, believing it was just figure of speech. however when we complied with his instructions, when not one of us were talking, a ringing noise began filling our ears. There is a scientific explanation to it, of course, however it was still weird provided our location. After a minute or two, one of us couldn’t take it anymore as well as spoke again.

4. Sunrise over the Tail End.

And if you still have the energy to beat the sunrise the next day, head back to the cliff behind the Eternal flame of flexibility monument to witness the begin of a new day. The sun emerges from the sea as well as rises over the island’s tail end. It’s cold, however something you wouldn’t truly mind when provided with such a celestial screen of wonder.

5. South Beach.

Corregidor is laced with little sand-filled coves. Although none of its beaches can rival the fairness as well as fineness of Boracay or El Nido, they still are excellent locations to unwind. South beach is most likely the very best as well as the closest to Corregidor Inn. You can likewise enjoy kayaking, ziplining, as well as other activities here.

One quirky thing about this beach is the existence of what many casually refer to as “bloodstones,” big pebbles with red markings looking like blood spatters.

Corregidor South Beach
Corregidor’s Bloodstones
Too poultry to try overnight tour? go on a day tour instead: Corregidor Day Tour

Corregidor tour by sun Cruises
Esplanade Seaside Terminal, shopping center of Asia (MOA) Complex, Pasay City
Telephone No.: (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 831-8140
Email: corregidortours@suncruises.com.ph
Website: www.corregidorphilippines.com

How to get there: Take LRT 1 or MRT to EDSA-Taft. trip a jeepney multicab bound for SM shopping center of Asia. Alight at One Esplanade.

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