Looking for the best accommodations for Corregidor Island? Corregidor Island is a rugged, forested island around 30 miles from Manila, and is perhaps the Philippines’ most important World War II site. General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters until 1942, Corregidor was occupied by Japanese forces until January 1945, and most visits focus on WWII-era relics rather than natural attractions. There is something for any visitor to the island; its rich with World War II history, it has pristine nature trails, it has wildlife, it has its own beach and let’s not forget the mysterious tales of ghosts and the supernatural in the island.
So how do you get to Corregidor Island? Corregidor Island ferries leave from the Esplanade Seaside Terminal, around 4 miles (7 kilometers) from downtown Makati. The ferry terminal is tricky to reach by public transport, so most opt either to take a taxi or to book a Corregidor tour that includes the convenience of door-to-door round-trip private transfers. You can visit the Most Beautiful Islands in the Philippines here or on Pinterest.
Best Time to Visit Corregidor Island
The best time to visit the island of on Corregidor in the Philippines is from January until June and October until December, when you’ll find warm temperatures and limited rainfall. February is the best month to travel here, as it will be pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. February temperatures average in the 80s during the day, with very occasional rain.The highest average temperature in on Corregidor Island is 90°F in April and the lowest is 84°F in January.
Corregidor Island is at its busiest around Christmas and Easter. It is also popular on weekends, so visiting during the week is recommended. Typhoons can impact travel to Corregidor, as to any part of the Philippines, during typhoon season, which peaks in August.
Corregidor Island’s South Beach
Located at the bottom of the island, opposite the South Dock is South Beach. A small sandy cove for swimming or sunbathing. Don’t expect anything spectacular though, this is no Boracay, the sand is not as fine and definitely not white. One cool thing about this beach are the blood stones found on the shore. These are rocks that look like they’ve been splattered with blood. The water is quite clean here.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must for history buffs, Corregidor Island is also great for kids, and child-centered tours are available.
- Corregidor Island is over 2 square miles in area. Consider an open-sided tram tour if seeing much of the island is important to you.
- Corregidor’s terrain can be rugged in places. If taking a walking tour, wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring a refillable water container and fill it up from containers around the island. Snacks will come in handy if traveling with kids.
Best Corregidor Island/Manila Tours & Activities
Corregidor Day Trip from Manila
Visit Corregidor Island, located about 30 miles (48 km) west of Manila at the entrance to Manila Bay, on this 8-hour tour with hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle. You’ll take a ferry ride across the bay to reach Corregidor, where you’ll see historical landmarks and learn about the island’s role as a coastal defense during World War II. Lunch is included. Book Your Corregidor Day Trip from Manila Here
Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle – Ecotours
When you’re exploring a district as historic as Manila’s Intramuros, it pays to choose a traditional form of transport. Soak up the sights, discover the history, and even ride along the walls on this small-group bicycle tour with a difference: bamboo bikes. After choosing a style and size that suits you, tour sites including Fort Santiago, Plaza Roma, and the Puerta del Parian gate, then finish with some Filipino snacks. Book Your Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle Here
4 Days at Banaue Heritage Tour
The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Have a close encounter with the village folks in Banaue, and a glimpse of their way of life. Private Tour is limited to a maximum of 15 travelers. Book Your 4 Days at Banaue Heritage Tour Here
Banaue & Batad UNESCO 3days 2 nights Tour
The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This Private Tour is limited to a maximum 6 persons Only. Book Your Banaue & Bated UNESCO Tour Here
Full Day City and Museum Tour
Manila is a massive city, but getting around and seeing the top sights is easy on this tour. Visit must-see attractions like the Mall of Asia, the colonial-era walled city of Intramuros, and important museums. Relax while you’re transported around the city by air-conditioned coach and your English-speaking guide tells you about Manila’s long history. Book Your Full Day City and Museum Tour Here
Corregidor Island Restaurants
La Playa Restaurant
Food: Filipino, International Dishes Address: Corregidor Inn, Brgy. San Jose Telephone: (0917) 527-6350
Food: Filipino Address: South Beach, Corregidor Island Telephone: (0907) 508-7831 | (0918) 358-0856
Pirate’s Cove Cafe
Food: Filipino Cafe Address: South Beach, Corregidor Island Telephone: (0907) 508-7831 | (0918) 358-0856