The Haunted Malinta Tunnel: War and Ghosts in the Philippines

The Haunted Malinta Tunnel: War and Ghosts in the Philippines

Corregidor Island’s Malinta Tunnel

Corregidor Island sits off the coast of the Philippines and was a strategic place to hold during WWII. The island was seen as the key to Manila, sitting just within its bay. Resultedly it was fought over by both the US and Japanese military, who both managed to secure the island at differing times. Being a place that was so brutally ravaged by war, Corregidor Island saw mass amounts of bloodshed and death. The island is thought to be one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. Malinta Tunnel is just one of the places on this island where paranormal activity seems to occur frequently.

Malinta Tunnel entrance.
The entrance to the notoriously haunted Malinta Tunnel in the Philippines.

Malinta Tunnel was built over a ten year period from 1922. It is essentially a massive tunnel bored through a mountainside with several smaller tunnel systems spanning off of its length. During its existence, it has been utilized as a military storage hub, bomb shelter, office and living space as well as a 1000 bed hospital.

Haunted underground hospital on Corregidor Island.
The length of the main tunnel inside Corregidor Island’s haunted underground hospital.

Due to the nature of the tunnel’s use and the fact it spent a great deal of time in the middle of a war zone, the space has seen a great deal of death. Many perished from war injuries within the tunnel though there was a far greater loss of life to come. As the United States fought to reclaim Corregidor Island, the Japanese faced imminent defeat. Instead of succumbing to surrender many Japanese soldiers committed suicide within the tunnel. It is said that around 3000 soldiers died in Malinta Tunnel by purposely detonating explosives within. This left many bodies entombed in the sprawling tunnel systems and extensive damage to the structure of the place. Just one reason why many believe that the tunnel may be haunted.

Off limits part of Malinta Tunnel.
Damaged areas of Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor Island.

The Haunted Malinta Tunnel

Many visitors to the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor Island’s mountainside have reported experiencing unexplainable phenomena. Given the tunnel’s long and dark history of death, its supposed hauntings may come as no surprise.

Lateral Tunnel in Malinta, Philippines.
Part of one of the Lateral Tunnels filled with relics from WWII.

While there are no specific ghosts known to haunt the tunnel, many people believe that energy left there from soldiers and hospital patients still remains. This includes spirits of Japanese, Filipino and US decent.

Inside the darkness of the haunted Malinta Tunnel.
Light piercing through the iron gate to Malinta Tunnel.

There have been many reports of apparitions being sighted, these include that of dark shadow figures and even those dressed up as soldiers. Furthermore, many people have claimed to hear voices when no one is around. Sometimes these voices are screaming in terror as if they are trapped, leaving some to speculate these could be Japanese soldiers entombed in rubble. In addition, suddenly forming cold spots, poltergeist activity and feelings of being watched are also commonly reported in Malinta Tunnel.

Small entrance to the Malinta Tunnel underground system.
Another side entrance to the Malinta Tunnel underground system.

Visiting Malinta Tunnel

Malinta Tunnel can only be accessed after catching a ferry over to Corregidor Island from Manila. It opens up to the public each day for a light and sound show. Here, visual and audio effects tell the story of Corregidor Island and immerse visitors in what war was like on the island. Information for reaching Corregidor Island can be found here.

Ghosts of Malinta Tunnel, Philippines.
Exploring Malinta tunnel and looking for evidence of its supposed ghostly inhabitants.

If you enjoyed this article and are looking for other haunted places in the Philippines, check out Fort Santiago in Manila.

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Comments (6)

  • Terri Fromme

    Posted by Terri Fromme on September 28, 2019

    Great location. Interesting history!


      Posted by Amy on September 29, 2019

      Thanks Terri, glad you enjoyed reading about the haunted Malinta Tunnel.

  • Mark Johnson

    Posted by Mark Johnson on November 5, 2019

    Amy I love the great job you do as you combine the history, the paranormal and travel advisor all into one. The only criticism is don’t quit because your audience gets caught up in productions.
    Stay Safe and Spooky,
    Sincerely Mark


      Posted by Amy on November 7, 2019

      Hi Mark! Thank you so much for saying this. It really does mean a lot to me. Don’t worry, I have no plans to quit, as I love what I do. It is so cool to share all these amazing places and stories with you all!

  • Bernadette

    Posted by Bernadette on April 14, 2022

    Hi Amy! I’m a writer and I had to write about the Malinta Tunnel’s setting as a character in a story!
    Great job abs thanks so much?


      Posted by Amy on April 16, 2022

      Thanks for reading Bernadette, glad you enjoyed it.

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