Malinta Tunnel was built into the side of a hill on Corregidor Island in the Philippines by the United States Army Corps. At 250 meters long, with 10 laterals branching off, it was used by the Americans as a hospital during World War II, as well as serving as a bombproof bunker and a place to store ammunition. Some parts of the tunnel still have furnishings that remain untouched from this time.
To get the most out of your visit to Malinta Tunnel, it’s a good idea to visit on a WWII and historical sightseeing day trip from Manila. History and military fans will be in their element; Corregidor Island was the first line of defense from the invading Japanese forces during World War II, and you can explore the island’s barrack ruins and secret passageways before reliving history at the Malinta Tunnel Light and Sound Show, which brings to life the events played out here in the early 1940s.
A tour of Malinta Tunnel will include one of the hospital laterals where Japanese soldiers committed suicide. They blew themselves up after becoming trapped when the entrance was blocked by American forces during the recapture of Corregidor Island.
It’s best to visit Malinta Tunnel as part of a wider Corregidor Island tour from Manila, so that transport and activities are taken care of. However, you can also catch a ferry from the terminal near the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex along Roxas Boulevard.