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Corregidor

Corregidor Island © cisc1970
Corregidor Island © cisc1970

This small island, shaped like a tadpole, is a memorial and open-air museum commemorating the World War II victory of Filipino and American troops against Japanese forces. The island is the largest of several at the entrance to Manila Bay, lying off the tip of the Bataan Peninsula, about 26 miles from the city. Its strategic position made it a prime candidate for the last stand against the Japanese in the Pacific War, and its three-and-a-half square miles (9 sq km) of dry land remains littered with the detritus of battle.

Guided tours of the island are available by arrangement with the Corregidor Visitor's Information Centre and through numerous tour operators in Manila. Attractions on the island include the Pacific War Memorial, the Filipino Heroes Memorial, the Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Malinta Tunnel where visitors can now view an audio-visual presentation of the island's history.

Website: www.corregidorisland.com

Transport: There are regular ferry services available from Manila.