Abandoned: Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas

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.

Day 1
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.

Our first camping site

Our first camping site

Cooking rice!

Cooking rice!

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.

Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns

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!

Baby turtles!

Baby turtles!

More baby turtles trying to get to the sea

More baby turtles trying to get to the sea

Little struggles

Little struggles

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.

Magnificent night sky of Nasugbu

Magnificent night sky of Nasugbu

Day 2

Sunrise

Sunrise

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.

Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

Thank you.

Thank you.

In memory of ...

In memory of …

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.

Fotune Island's Famous Greece Pillars

Fotune Island’s Famous Greece Pillars



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.

Expenses:
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 drinksΒ – 350.00
Total: 1,865

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12 thoughts on “Abandoned: Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas

  1. Isieltov Raztiek says:

    Nicely written with great details. Very enticing. Might go there one day!
    Please do keep up with the awesome travel blog. πŸ™‚

    – Isiel

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    • ayelouise says:

      They were so adorable.. and fragile! The first baby turtle that we saw was heading towards our bonfire. So we decided to help them reach the shore. πŸ™‚

      I wanna see the huge ones too, someday! Nature is just so fascinating πŸ™‚

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      • Adrenaline Romance says:

        Yup! In fact, we talked to some marine conservation groups. We found out that when the baby turtles come out, conservationists collect the crawling animals and place them in a tank with sand and seawater for a week or two before releasing them back to sea.

        This gives the baby turtles time for their carapaces (shells) to harden. Without their hardened shells, they become easy prey to seabirds and predatory fish.

        Apo Island has a considerably large concentration of adult turtles. They are very graceful and are a delight to witness. We will write about our scuba diving experience in Apo Island soon. πŸ™‚

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      • ayelouise says:

        I will be waiting for that post, I’m so excited to read your experience meeting the adults turtles that you saw while scuba diving in Apo Island. πŸ˜€

        That’s good to know. Giving the turtles more chance to survive the dangers underwater. It just heartbreaking to know that mama turtles gives birth to hundreds of eggs but only a few will survive. I am happy to know that there are people helping them!

        Oh btw I saw this on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=862854370435388&set=o.201382544000&type=1&theater

        Turtles are just so awesome. πŸ™‚

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      • Adrenaline Romance says:

        Actually, predation is Nature’s way. The baby turtles provide food for the predators. It naturally controls turtle populations; can you imagine an unchecked turtle population in a small area? Without human intervention, predation is fine as that is how it should be.

        But with worldwide turtle populations decreasing due to human consumption, pollution, etc., we need to save as many turtles as we can.

        We’ll definitely tell you when our post abou Apo Island will come up. πŸ™‚

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  2. ayelouise says:

    It just that lots of people takes nature for granted and making the animals suffer. I truly understand predation (though it hurts that they have to die for others to survive T_T) since it restores balance to environment, but the mankind just abuses nature. I hope that someday, travelers will appreciate nature like we do and be responsible and disciplined.

    Yes please let me know! πŸ™‚ I love your posts!

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  3. Richel V. says:

    It’s sad that I can read on one hand the stars I see on Metro Manila now. It used to be so many. I missed stargazing. Hoping we’ll see that many stars when we visit Nasugbu after the rainy season. Do you think we can just do a day-tour for this? Not really the camping type. Haha!

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    • ayelouise says:

      Me too. I grew up in Bulacan seeing lots of stars every night.. but when I studied in Manila, I was very confused why the stars in here were so scarce. *probinsyana problems*

      Yeah, day-tour is possible in Fortune Island. But I really suggest you stay for the night to see the beautiful stars.. and you might also encounter the turtle hatching like we did. It was exciting πŸ™‚

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