The Greek-inspired Structures of Batangas
The island lies 14km off shore of Brgy. Bucana in Nasugbu Batangas. The island is perfect for a day tour activity but would also be worth it for an overnight camping. The islands’ main features are the Greek inspired structure of Acropolis in Athens. its pristine beach with its semi-fine white sand and of course its beautiful turquoise water. Surely you will never run out of things to do for a day in the island.
Things to do in the Island
– Cliff jumping
– Hiking to the Lighthouse
– Photo ops at the Greek inspired structure of Acropolis
How to get to Fortune Island
If you’re planning for a trip to Fortune Island here’s what you gonna do to make happen.
I found this page in facebook about getting to Fortune Island via chartered helicopter. This private tour is operated by Airgurus Ltd.Co. as stated in their page. If you want to impress someone or give someone a romantic tour that he/she will never forget you may try to contact them at this information given at their page.
Text or call Storm at +639275264386 for inquiries and bookings!
Or you may inquire at email@example.com
Disclaimer: I have not tried nor contacted this company nor I am affiliated with them. So, if you have tried and would attest to its authenticity pls. feel free to comment below.
BSC Bus Line (EDSA/MRT Taft), San Agustin Bus Line (Cubao) and Coastal Mall Terminal (Paranaque) have buses going to Nasugbu Batangas everyday. Travel time is 3-4 hrs depending on traffic. Fare is around P200 to P220 one way (aircon). From the town proper, hail a tricycle that will take you to Fortune Island Resort PADI Dive Center where you have to pay the Landing’s fee of P300 per person.
(Best Option is to take San Agustin bus because the terminal of San Agustin in Nasugbu is just right beside Jollibee where you will wait for your contacts.)
Alternatively, there is a UV express or Van going to Calatagan located beside Kabayan hotel in Pasay Rotonda. You may alight at the corner of JP Laurel and Palico-Nasugbu Highway, from there you will need to take bus going to Nasugbu.
If you’re coming from Manila, the most easy, fast and convenient way to reach Nasugbu is via Cavitex passing Naic, Maragondon and traversing through Kaybiang Tunnel, that connects Ternate Cavite and Nagsugbu Batangas through Mt. Palay-palay range. This option will cut your travel time for 30-40 minutes.
Alternatively you may try the SLEX, exit to Sta. Rosa, after the toll exit (look for the largest coke in-can to your right), turn to that side and follow the road to Nuvali then to Tagaytay. From Tagaytay, follow the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, once you reach Palico, take the Palico-Nasugbu Highway to your right don’t go straight for it will lead you to Tuy-Nasugbu Highway. The road will again diverge once you reach the end of Palico-Nasugbu Highway. There’s a Shell gasoline station to your left, the road directly to your right will lead you to Nasugbu town proper, don’t take left for it will lead you to Lian, Batangas. Proceed to Jollibee right beside San Agustin Bus Terminal.
Who to contact with prior to your trip
The island has been long owned by Ex-Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste. The island was once a famous luxury resort for public figures and celebrities during the 90’s but due to mismanagement it was closed down in 2006. It was re-opened last November 2013 under the new management of Korean Businessmen. They were leasing the island to Leviste. That’s where you’re P300 pesos landing fee goes.
In contacting someone where to rent boat, there are only two persons who are offering boat ride to Fortune Island.
Smart – (+639394895292)
Smart – (+639087225658)
It would be best to contact one of them prior to your trip to reserve the boat and to know the prevailing cost. Try to haggle the price they are offering. During our visit the existing cost per boat was P4000.00 per boat maximum of 10 persons for a day trip. For overnight trip it costs P5,500.00
If you are looking for tour going to Fortune Island. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to avail/join our tour package.
What to expect in the Island
Expect treacherous waves going in and out of the island. For day trip, leave the island by 3pm or 4pm
- There’s no water source in the island
- No bathroom nor working toilets
- The heat is formidable so bring extra protection (lotion, suncreen, shades etc..)
- You may find that most blogs shows good picture of the island but they forgot or ignore the not so good side brought about by other visitors
Some of the not so good things you must expect in the island [see pictures below]
This are garbage left behind by other visitors.
I think the management need to do something about this garbage
Broken alcohol bottles. Make sure to have your slippers ready when planning to walk along the beach.
The garbage problem was still present as of May 2015 but it is being collected and put in one place in the island by the caretaker paid by the Koreans managing the island. Also, the replica of the ship was already destroyed.
If you’re planning to trek to the lighthouse, make sure that you are prepared for it. Bring enough water and don’t expect too much about this lighthouse. There’s is no view, only Ipil-ipil trees surrounding the lighthouse.
The dilapidated main building of the old resort
Video courtesy of Seff Kadayonan. Kudos bro!
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