Fortune Island is an island located at Nasugbu, Batangas. It is well-known for its very distinctive Greek Parthenon Pillars. The island before was a resort and museum owned by Jose Antonio Leviste. It is now abandoned but still famous to travelers for camping and snorkeling.
My office mates, who are also fond of travelling decided to visit Fortune Island. There were nine of us: Me, Rae, Migz, Gel, Jas, Cha, Kim, Kris and Sarah.
We met at Coastal Mall at 7:00am to catch the bus going to Ternate, Cavite. I took a nap since I need to charge my energy for this trip. We arrived in Cavite at 8:30am. From there, we met with Konsehal Chris, our contact, and rode tricycles going to the nearest public market. We bought fish, hotdogs, meat, drinks, and charcoals. After shopping for those, we headed to Nasugbu, Batangas where the port is located. This was the longest boat ride I have ever experienced. The travel time took us more than an hour.
We arrived in Fortune Island at noon and it’s time for lunch. We looked for the nearest camping spot with trees because the sun was up and it was scorching hot. We decided to camp inside the forest, set up tents and cooked lunch. We had a very hard time cooking the rice since we lack cooking materials, but we still managed! And after 2 hours, edible lunch! We ate rice, pork chops and hotdogs.
After eating, we toured the island. We swam at the beach in front of our camping site. The sea was very rocky that almost all of us got scratches and gashes. It’s advisable to bring your slippers or sandals with you when swimming. However, the underwater was perfect for snorkeling. The water was clear and we saw lots of fishes. No sea urchins and jellyfishes!
The first thing that we were excited in doing in Fortune Island was cliff diving. We looked for the cliff diving spot in the island and saw lots of people jumping. I was excited and scared at the same time (fear of heights), but that didn’t stopped me from jumping. Kris was the first one to jump, the others followed since he managed to survive. I jumped twice and it was the best! Though my butt hurts a little until now because I hit a rock during my fall.
We headed back to our camping site before dark… and when we arrived, we decided to change our camping site! It was creepy and dark inside the forest and mostly dangerous since you cannot see the branches and it may hit your head. Also, some say that there are things happening in the island that’s beyond normal. So please remember not to damage anything on the island and pay respects. So we moved our tents just outside the forest, near the sea-shore.
When we were cooking rearing our dinner, Kim noticed that there was something crawling beneath her tent and when we looked, we saw that it was a baby turtle. There was one… then when we opened our flashlights, they were everywhere! They were trying to get to the ocean. We helped the others walk safely and get near the shore. I hope that every one of them survives!
After dinner, we stargazed. I saw lots of shooting stars and some saw more than five! We spent the whole night drinking, eating, laughing and sharing stories.
I woke up early and watched the sunrise. I tried to wake them all up, some managed to get up but some were too tired from last night. So I prepared tuna sandwich for them (at last, no more cooking!). Rae and I strolled the beach and visited the shipwreck that was indeed, wrecked. It looked different from the pictures that was in the blogs before, assuming it broke down due to natural rain and strong winds.
We trekked to the famous Greek Pillars or “Parthenon” (as I call it). It was picture perfect… and because of that, lots of people are taking pictures on it. I had a hard time capturing a photo of Parthenon without people on it. Haha! The place was perfect for taking pre-nups, debut pictures and Facebook profile pictures.
After the tiring trekking, we hit the beach for the last time. We had fun with the strong waves. Sarah and I looked for fishes underwater and swam on Fortune Island’s clear waters. I also invited Rae to snorkel, it was his first time. He enjoyed it very much and I now think he can’t swim without his goggles.
We said our goodbyes to the island at noon. We were tired and our skins were burned, but I was glad to share my adventures with them. And now, this island is considered as one of my favorite islands in PH.
Bus Fare (Ternate-Coastal Mall) – 162.00 (back and forth)
Tricycle Fare (Ternate-Nasugbu) – 400.00
Boat (Overnight) – 5000.00 (Divided into nine)
Landing Fee in Fortune Island (Overnight) – 400.00
Food and drinks – 350.00