Caballo Island (bottom) and the larger Corregidor Island (top)
|Length||0.75 mi (1.21 km)|
|Width||0.20 mi (0.32 km)|
|Highest elevation||381 ft (116.1 m)|
|Official website||Fort Hughes|
Caballo Island (which means "Horse Island" in Spanish) is a bluff, rocky island located at the entrance to Manila Bay in the Philippines. It is about 3/4 mile long with the highest elevation at 381 feet high. Caballo, along with the larger Corregidor (2 km to the north), divides the entrance to the bay into two broad and deep channels, known as the North and South Channel.
Caballo and Corregidor Islands are believed to be the rims of the Corregidor Caldera. The gap between the two islands is only about 1/4 mile with a depth of 7 fathoms and is never used for large vessel navigation.
The island is currently occupied by the Philippine Navy and is off limits to civilians. Remains of the old fortifications, batteries and structures are left rusting in the open after it was abandoned after World War II.
In November 2014, Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia who were quarantined on the island for 21 days due to concerns bout Ebola were cleared to return to the mainland.
- U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, "United States Coast Pilot Philippine Islands Part I", pp.71-72. Washington Government Printing Office, 1919.
- Feredo, Tony. "Visit to a Nearby Island". Corregidor.org. Retrieved on 2010-09-20.
- Becker, George F., "The Geology of the Philippine Islands", p.53. Washington Government Printing Office, 1901.
- Alvaran, Gerard (December 2, 2014). "Pinoy peacekeepers leave Caballo Island". GMA News. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- Caballo Island from Pacific Wrecks.