Its embarrassing to say I’ve been in Manila for 3 and half years and have never been to Corregidor. So we decided we would check it out and learn some history about Philippines and the significance of Corregidor – which I didn’t know too much about.
Getting To Corregidor
Now I seriously have no idea where and how to get to Corregidor. I had heard there was a 45ish minutes boat ride over to the island from Manila Bay and thats pretty much how much I knew about it. Time to get searching! Luckily my friend found an online booking website.
http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/corregidor.html Now I have to admit seeing there was an online website I was relieved but then worried on how legit it would be and if it was a real site. I took my chances and started the booking process. Wow – it was easy – you literally book in the whole process – ferry, entrance fees, tours everything in one go. And it takes credit cards!
There were a few different packages you could pick – from a day tour (which is what we chose) or staying overnight. The Day Tour seemed quite action packed and also included buffet lunch. We were booked and ready to go.
Check-In at Sun Cruises
The day arrived for us to go – and we had to be there at 7am. And one thing I liked about Sun Cruises website – there was a map to show us how to get to the port. This was very useful for us!
And the check in process was so smooth. Went up the the counter, said our group name, and we were all given stickers with our group name and our bus number and advised the stickers will be viewed when going to the buffet lunch. And that was it – we went towards the ferry.
Sun Cruises Ferry
I was actually imagining a small ferry but boy was I wrong when we left the check in counter. It was a cruise ship!
And a lot of people were already onboard. Although I’m not sure why – I was a little surprised it was packed with foreigners. Americans, koreans and us – the Australians! And not many Philippinos. The ferry easily would have accommodated around couple hundred people although I am not quite aware exact numbers.
We sat at the bottom deck and the number on our sticker is our assigned seats. I was quite astonished at how organised the operation was – with crew demonstrating the safety procedures and everything. That was really good. But after the ferry left the dock, we decided to go upstairs and go outside to see the view and enjoy the water views. Its so good to be surrounded by water – I know that Philippines are mini islands but we just dont see it enough.
And another thing that was great about the ferry was that it had a little shop – where you can buy drinks. Now although the inside and downstairs section was airconditioned – stepping out to the back of the ferry and sitting out there was a little warm. Ive never drank my coke so quickly!!!
It takes around an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive to Corregidor and the ride is rather smooth – only a couple of times it was a little choppy but otherwise you wouldn’t have even noticed you were on a ferry.