Malinta Tunnel Tours
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One of the most atmospheric features of the fortifications of Corregidor Island, the Malinta Tunnel was built by American forces in 1932. It extends about 820 feet (250 meters) into a hill, with additional branches veering off. Part of it served as General Douglas MacArthur’s HQ before the American retreat from the Philippines in 1942.
A must-see when visiting Corregidor Island, which is generally done as part of an organized tour rather than independently, the Malinta Tunnel has its own dedicated attractions. A sound-and-light show tells the tale of the Philippine and American resistance efforts that happened here, and the dramatic events of World War II in general.
If you’re staying overnight on Corregidor, you may be able to join a unique night tour, which includes a period with the lights switched off. You can book Malinta Tunnel tours as part of a Corregidor Island tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must for history buffs, the Malinta Tunnel is considered by many to be the heart of “The Rock.”
- The audiovisual show may be more interesting for locals and historians than for casual travelers as the Malinta Tunnel was once the seat of the Philippine government.
- At night, with the lights off, the tunnel is as dark as the darkest cave. Consider booking a Corregidor night tour.
How to Get There
Malinta Tunnel is in the Bottomside section of Corregidor Island,which lies 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Manila. Ferries leave from the Hoverferry terminal near the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Roxas Boulevard. Many travelers find it easier to book a Corregidor tour that includes door-to-door round-trip transfers.
When to Get There
Corregidor Island is a popular weekend day trip, and the Malinta Tunnel is an essential stop on any tour for locals thanks to its rich historical insights. Visit during the week to beat the crowds, and avoid travel around Easter, Christmas, and New Year. Consider an overnight package to experience the tunnel in total darkness.
The Malinta Tunnel: a Short History
Not just one tunnel but a series of tunnels designed to be a bomb-proof shelter, the Malinta Tunnel took 10 years to build. Twenty-four separate side tunnels run off the vast main tunnel. Originally designed to hold a 1,000-bed underground hospital, it was turned into a military headquarters during the siege of Corregidor. More than 4,000 people lived here at one stage.
Address: Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines
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