The account I created hasn't been authorized so I'm posting here. I'm planning to visit Corregidor with my wife in May, and Sun Cruises on their website officially is saying that you can only do day trips (because their Inn isn't open). Elsewhere (on these boards) it's been stated that you can camp, stay at the Freedom Cafe, or in one of the row houses.
I don't think 5 hours is really enough time to see Corregidor. I was last there about 15 years ago so I'm a little rusty on where things are too, and I'd like some extra time to do some surveying of tunnels and paths and add them to OpenStreetMap.
Is Sun Cruises pulling my leg about the overnight trips? Should we just try showing up and seeing what happens, or should I try talking to the on the phone/email?
Post by Karl Welteke on Feb 25, 2017 21:01:34 GMT 8
Alan Trick, there are many ifs and buts.
I walked in the hotel 2 weeks ago and my impression is it may be ready in Nov. this year.
You can get a one way ticket to and from Corregidor from Sun Cruises but only on a standby status. You may get one but not back when you want.
If you arrive on a one way trip to Corregidor with the Cabcaben Boats you have to pay the fee of 3000 pesos each way, that is for sure from the Villa Carmen boats but at the Cabcaben boats they may demand more. And you have to stay in phone contact with them or make a firm return reservation with them.
The El Corregidor boat for 3500 peso also has to be paid twice if you return on a later day.
Yes you can bring a tent and pay a 50 peso fee.
You can rent a tent for 500 peso from the eatery at the south side of Bottomside. Add the tenting fee to CFI.
Freedom Café has a few rooms, fan or aircon, communicate with me in the shout-box and I will give you a telephone-number.
You can rent a fanroom in the Rowhouse from CFI for 700 peso a night.
You can eat in three little canteens on Corregidor, Freedom Café (ex MacArthur), the restaurant on the south shore, Bottomside and a café at the north side, Bottomside.
The power may be off at the daytime in the Freedom Café and the Rowhouse.
Here is a URL which has some official answers from CFI:
The ferry service from Mariveles is not available anymore.
Here are most of the other URLs that deal with visiting Corregidor:
URLs about visiting Corregidor.
The most important URL for visiting Corregidor might be the URL from Sun Cruises Inc. which provides ferry service, guided tours on wheels on the island and night accommodations if you like to stay overnight: www.corregidorphilippines.com/contact.html
23 April 2010 thread. This is an update on using boats to go to Corregidor because there were a few new developments in recent times. The previous thread “Corregidor on a Tight Budget” still has good information but needs updating.
2016 Terminal to Corregidor in Manila Sun Cruises and other organizations have moved the Corregidor ferry terminal to the Mall of Asia in Manila. On the 7th Nov. 2016 I visited Corregidor using this terminal, made these pictures and posted them here. This terminal moved recently here from its old location at the CCP. This is Karl’s Photobucket album:
The other vehicles and boats on Corregidor I mean the others, than the Sun Cruises trolleys and vehicle transportation for the Corregidor Inn guests. I have often said that Corregidor visitors that come by other boat transportation than the Sun Cruises ferry can rent jeepney, a bus and boats (especially a large one) from the Corregidor Foundation Inc (CFI). That is false and I stand corrected! The other vehicles on Corregidor belong and are operated by Prime Square Ent. which also owns the three (3) large big boats (banca) which operate from Corregidor Island to MAAP Pier in Brgy. Alas-Asin, Mariveles. The Executive Director and Trusty of CFI, LTCOL. Artimo G. Matibag, wrote me the below on the 16th Jan 2017. Dear Karl, Corregidor Foundation, Inc. (CFI) has no jeepney and buses on Corregidor Island. They are owned and operated by Prime Square Ent. (PSE) who also owned and operates three (3) big boats (banca) from Corregidor Island to MAAP Pier in Brgy. Alas-Asin, Mariveles. Hire is handled by them and just coordinated by Mr. Ron Benadero (CP#0916-3063693)
Thanks for the prompt reply. Do you have any idea how likely it is to be able to travel standby on the Manila-Corregidor ferry on a May weekend?
EXO's quick reply: Most traffic will be concentrated around the Saturday 6 May ceremony, so standby isn't a good plan. I'm flying into Manila to be there specifically on the 6th, and I am not relying on the ferry. If that's the weekend you are after, I suggest you get in contact with Sun Cruises directly. For dates other than 5/6/7 March, your chances are much improved. The number of rooms on available for overnight are the fewest for more than 20 years. Karl Welteke's reply advice is absolutely spot on.
Post by piercebennett on Feb 26, 2017 6:39:10 GMT 8
I'm not sure if my experience was different than most, but when I took the ferry from Corregidor to Manila, I just booked my trip from the inn around 10 days before I wanted to leave and they gave me a ticket right then and there.
EXO - The problem is, good friends of Corregidor all, there is now, and for an undetermined period into the future, no Corregidor Inn on Corregidor to stay at. There are other alternatives, but are they really leaving it for the local cafe's to have an international presence? All that can be offered by the designated franchise holder (a corporation of considerable wealth and power), is a boat trip, a luncheon in a luxury tent, and a Transvia tour. In these modern days, when you can choose your seat on an aircraft months ahead of time, getting a confirmed seat on a boat via a website, would be nice. (None of this should be considered a criticism of the lovely gals who have managed and staffed the Inn over the years, and who we've grown to love anew upon each visit. The issues are far beyond their pay grade.)
Post by Karl Welteke on Feb 26, 2017 19:47:56 GMT 8
The chances are good but are not guaranteed. Weekends, there are more customers, so on regular days the chances may be better.
When you get to the terminal it is hard to get inside, so make sure that the guard knows you are a standby and ask him to let the office know or to get your name on the list. It is not always the same way, not too many standby passengers, so not a standard practice.
I had a reservation with Sun Cruises once, they cancelled the boat run and I was stuck on the island. They did not even say sorry. They did not help. I tried to get a ride with the Cabcaben boats. Even though they had room they refused to take me and said I need to order a separate boat.
It is covered in this URL, scroll down to the end:
Za767. Sun Cruises Inc. Corregidor Visiting Rates, effective as of 1st Feb. 2018.
Za767. When we were on the Corregidor Island, between Feb. 13th to 16th 2018, there were overnight guests but they were still fed in the Meal-Tent Topside. They did not address the case if someone wants to stay more than one night!
The joke goes that the world is divided into two sorts of people – the sort that divides the world into two sorts of people and those who don’t. Thus, there are two sorts of people who visit Corregidor – firstly, those who go there to study its history closely (the serious “students”), and secondly, those who are essentially two-hour tourists (those who are on day trips, or who are participating in some company-sponsored conferencing.) Actually, calling them two-hour tourists is a bit unfair on my part, but I call them that because they wade only in the shallow end of the historic pool. Some conferences require an overnight stay, and the Corregidor Inn provided the facility.
Most “regulars” loved the old Inn, it was quirky, but always it's reasonable pricing allowed serious aficionados to stay a few days at a time – some of us for a week or so. This enabled us to study the island closely.
Now that the Inn considers itself upmarket (when you hike a room rate from US$40 to US$100 that's the message you are sending), the laws of unintended consequences apply – particularly for those who want to visit Corregidor for a few days, or even longer? Who can afford a hundred bucks a night?
Not I. Maybe not you either.
Thus I say that things not looking good for serious students of Corregidor right now. Actually, the word "BAD” applies. Who can throw down a hundred bucks a night, every night, to pursue their research? What students can afford that? Whether the two parties which operate the island intend it or not, their policies are pricing accommodation out of the reach of the very people who bring repeat business.
Corregidor needs to be declared a National Park, run for the sake of heritage, because heritage belongs to everyone, not just the elite.
Good points Buster but your dollar figures are inaccurate.
Pre-renovation we paid P1,500/night at the Inn. Post-renovation the same room is P5,000/night. In recent years as prices started to rise at the Inn, I split my Corregidor accommodations between the Inn and nearby budget establishments for a much reduced room rate. All I want is a shower and a decent place to sleep for the night as my fun is exploring the island during the daytime.
Now that 100% of the Inn’s competition has effectively been shut-down, I no longer have that budget option. With other trip costs being the same no matter where I stay, I now have to pay 5+ times the room rate (per night) or stay at home. A budget room trip from the time I left home to the time I returned cost me approximately $200 per 5 day trip. The same trip today staying at the Inn costs me approximately $700. Such a trip cost is more than a little bit excessive for retirees like myself who have visited the island often (well over 50 trips). Sun Cruises has lost a frequent visitor but I doubt that bothers anyone there.
Future trips will be minimal, of shorter duration and for special occasions only.
Post by Karl Welteke on May 29, 2018 15:57:22 GMT 8
All I wish that there was a way to communicate with the Corregidor Foundation Inc (CFI). I do not know how to reach them or where they are located now. Do they have a Facebook page, a forum, a web page, a telephone number?
Artem: I use to work in that shipyard. Heard of D. Cleland through my uncles who were previous generations that worked there. Saw a photo or two of D.Cleland in the shipyard library. If my memory is correct I saw his grave out in the city's protestant cemetery.
May 11, 2020 8:24:25 GMT 8
faulkvi2: Hi! My name is Vickie. I am here to learn more about the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and to honor the life of my Uncle, Pvt Eugene Mott, who has not been returned to us after his death on the Oryoku Maru.
Jun 20, 2020 10:59:59 GMT 8