It was sooo hot in Corregidor Island, you could suffer heat stroke or dehydration!
We felt the heat of the road permeating the soles of our footwear, though my husband and I wore rubber shoes. Our companions who wore flipflops and sandals went back to the tram because they couldn't stand the heat on their soles.
The sun was searing hot, no exageration! Fortunately, I brought a hat and umbrella which I used alternately; I used my umbrella while walking, and my hat while taking pictures.
There's a lot of walking to do in the tour, so load up with bottled water. For diabetics, I recommend you bring at least one sweetened juice to drink in case of hypoglycemia.
Since the tramvia is open on both sides with only a movable armrest as "guard", it is best to avoid sitting children on the sides as precautionary measure against falls. Even adults need to be careful and keep the armrest down to prevent slipping from the seat when the tramvia makes a sharp turn on the steep hills. Personal things like bags or hats must be held tight, especially if you are seated on the side; the wind may be refreshing, but it can also sweep away your hat and/or bag.
If you are planning to go up to the top of the Spanish Lighthouse to have a fantastic view of the surrounding sceneries, do be careful of the steep stairs and ladders, especially as you approach the top. The difficult part would be coming down, and one good way is to turn around and go down facing the same way as you go up (it will be easier and less scary this way).
Being situated at the mouth of the Manila Bay leading out to the South China Sea, the wind at Corregidor Island can be very strong. The best time to visit Corregidor Island would be at the end of November to May, which is the non-typhoon season. March to May can be quite hot and humid. If you need to visit during the typhoon season, it is better to check the weather forecast for the day first.
While the tramvia is a relaxing and nice way to be transported from one location to another, below are some points which you might want to note while sitting on it:
- Always ensure the safety level is down especially when the tramvia is moving.
- Do not try to wear caps, hats or anything which can potentially fly away because the tramvia is open and the wind can be strong along the coastal road areas. One of the tourist on my tramvia nearly had her hat flown away.
- The steps up the tramvia is actually quite high, so be carefully when you are going up and down. Take your time as safety is more important.
- Lastly, do take note of how much time you are given to explore the various attractions and remember your tramvia number (each tramvia is assigned a number). Normally before the tramvia starts moving, the driver and guide will ring a bell. However, it is better to check with them first, especially at the main Topside area where a few attractions are situated together.
The tramvia is the tour bus in the island. Row of seats facing front with open access on both sides (see picture) for quick riding/disembarking. Completely open in the sides for better viewing, it is only the armrests on both ends that serve as stopper for the passengers at the edge. It is but common sense then not to allow children sit at the end of the seats.
If you've gone inside the Malinta Tunnel a couple of times before, you can skip it to avoid being slowly steamed inside.
Stay on the tram but to avoid getting bored, take self pics of you with your hair blowing in the breeze then show it to your buddy when he comes out of the tunnel sweating. Wahahahaha
The guide warns of ghosts on the island and I think I may have brought home one with me on the ferry.