Monday, May 25, 2015

Travel Guide: Fortune Island

Summer would not be exciting if you don’t experience to stay the whole night on the island without lodges and electricity. Sounds interesting, right? Yes! You can feel like you are a survival in a secluded island like Fortune Island.

Fortune Island is a Greek-inspired structure in Nasugbu, Batangas. The island resort was once a private resort owned by the former governor of Batangas Province, Jose Antonio Leviste. The island is 27-hectare land lying about 14 kilometers from the shores of Nasugbu. The beach resort is about 20 meters wide of pristine white sand and has an acropolis with Grecian Pillars and statues on the edge of the island.

The resort is ideally for a day tour, but if you’re an adventurous it would also worth for an overnight camping. Its main features are the Greek inspired structure of Acropolis in Athens.  What were left today are the ruins and the old statues that is one of the highlights on the island.
photo credits: Ron

There are no cottages or rooms on the island that you can secure your things. All you have to do is to find a spot among the ruined buildings or camp under the trees. There’s no store, comfort rooms and water source here as well. So, don’t forget to bring your toiletries, food, drinks and five liters of water as much as possible.

Approaching on the island, you can already see the unique-looking structures on the top of the rocky island which I’m sure it’s an eye catcher.

Fortune Island has a cream to white sand shore and from the top of the rocky terrain you can see the fascinating deep blue to turquoise water that inviting you to take a dive. One can conduct a photo shoot on the edge of the island overlooking the sea. You can pose like Adonis and Athena beside the Grecian pillars and statues.

However, you can also visit the lighthouse of the island. It takes fifteen to thirty minutes trek to reach there. In the evening, you can have your dinner under the starry nights and having a bonfire while sipping your wine. How cool is that?

And, most importantly is to enjoy and embrace the moments while you’re on the island.
photo credits: Ron

Things to do
Explore the island
Dress up and conduct a photo shoot
Take a dive in the deep blue sea
Snorkeling and meet the fish and corals
Bonfire while making friends

Day 1
03:00 AM – assembly at KFC Coastal
04:00 AM – departure
05:37 AM – arrival at Nasugbu (Jollibee), buy food for overnight stay
06:00 AM – arrival at Brgy. Bucana, waited for the boatman
07:30 AM – departure to island
08:30 AM – arrival at Fortune Island
09:00 AM – tent pitching
10:00 AM – brunch, rest, hop
12:00 NN – lunch break
03:00 PM – swim, explore, diving, snorkeling, picture taking
06:00 PM – dinner, bonfire, social
10:00 PM – sleeping time

Day 2
06:00 AM – breakfast
08:00 AM – exploring ruins, light house, photograph
10:00 AM – swim, cliff diving
12:00 NN – lunch
01:00 PM – fixing tent
02:00 PM – back to Nasugbu
03:30 PM – freshin’ up
04:00 PM – sidetrip to Tagaytay
05:35 PM – early dinner at Mer-Ben Tapsilogan
07:30 PM – back to Manila

***we joined a group of 30 people and the organizer will be the one who arranges the van and boat transfer, and the food we consume for 2D1N.

1, 800 php each

Van transfer (Manila-Nasugbu-Manila)
Boat transfer (Nasugbu-Fortune Island-Nasugbu)
Lunch (day 1)
Breakfast and lunch (Day 2)

What to bring
Swim wear
Costume (if you want to have a photograph at the ruins)
Sun block
Snorkeling gear
First Aid kit
Insect repellent lotion
And wear your best SMILE!

How to go to Fortune Island

***Since we joined in a big group, the organizer rented a van and the meeting place was at KFC Coastal.

Public Transportation: Take a bus in Pasay or Cubao bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. Fare is around 200 php – 250 php. Get off at Nasugbu town (Jollibee), hire a trike and tell the driver that you are going to Fortune Island.

Private Transportation: Two routes going to Nasugbu; 1) via Tagaytay in which you can reach through SLEX or Aguinaldo Highway. 2) via Cavitex then Anterio Soriano Highway.

Boat rental is ranging around 3000 php to 4000 php depends on the number of members.

Notes: it takes about forty five to one hour to get to the island resort. In the afternoon, expect strong waves.

Contact Person:

Mang Dante – (63) 939 489 5292

Mang Chris – (63) 908 722 5658

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