Caballo Island

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Caballo Island
Caballo Island.jpg
Caballo Island, as seen from Corregidor Island in March 2019
LocationManila Bay
Coordinates14°22′N 120°37′E / 14.367°N 120.617°E / 14.367; 120.617Coordinates: 14°22′N 120°37′E / 14.367°N 120.617°E / 14.367; 120.617
Length1.21 km (0.752 mi)
Width0.32 km (0.199 mi)
Highest elevation116 m (381 ft)
Additional information
Official websiteFort 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 1.2 km (0.75 mi) 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.[1]

The whole island was formerly occupied by Fort Hughes, a U.S. defense fortification before World War II. It was heavily bombed during the war.[2]

Geological history[edit]

Caballo and Corregidor Islands are believed to be the rims of the Corregidor Caldera.[3] 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.[1]

Caballo today[edit]

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.[2]

Caballo Island (bottom) and the larger Corregidor Island (top)

In November 2014, Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia who were quarantined on the island for 21 days due to concerns about Ebola were cleared to return to the mainland.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, "United States Coast Pilot Philippine Islands Part I", pp.71-72. Washington Government Printing Office, 1919.
  2. ^ a b Feredo, Tony. "Visit to a Nearby Island". Retrieved on 2010-09-20.
  3. ^ Becker, George F., "The Geology of the Philippine Islands", p.53. Washington Government Printing Office, 1901.
  4. ^ Alvaran, Gerard (December 2, 2014). "Pinoy peacekeepers leave Caballo Island". GMA News. Retrieved 2 December 2014.

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