UNLEASHING THE BEAUTY OF ABANDONED PARADISE
Fortune Island is luxury resort with 27-hectare lies about 8.7 miles from the coast of Nasugbu Batangas. It is known as once Private Island owned by Laurentina Pestano and was turned over to the government and now owned by Jose Antonio Leviste. It has features of vacation house facing the beach with a salt water swimming pool, clubhouse, cabana, basketball court, helipad, small serpentarium and a museum dedicated to the San Diego (a Spanish warship that sank off the island). The beach also has an acropolis with Grecian pillars and statues on the edge of the island overlooking the sea. Later on, Leviste opened the beach resort club in 1995 up to present.
My best friends and I planned to have our first travel adventure together and it was luckily in Fortune Island. We’ve heard lots of stories about the island that made us more excited and watched numerous #vlogs about it, I felt ultra-mega excited to personally witness the beauty of the paradise which I considered “abandoned yet fortunate.”
Our meet-up was in Chowking Farmer’s Cubao at 1:00 AM and I didn’t have ideas about the people who would be with us. We’re just four who were really friends and the rest was completely a stranger. Good thing we have the spirit of friendliness so we didn’t have a hard time in socializing with them, in fact we really enjoyed the adventure with different group of people.
As early as 4:00 AM, we arrived at Jollibee of Nasugbu, Batangas. We ordered breakfast at small “Gotohan” and waited for 5:30 AM to go.
We tried the “Special Lugaw with Egg” for only P40.00 and we can say that it was really “SULIT.” We also bought food for our lunch (tapsilog and tocilog) because when we stopped at Nasugbu Port, Jollibee and the fast food wasn’t opened yet. It usually opens at 5:00 AM.
When we went back to our van that was located in front of Jollibee we felt bad because the fast food suddenly opened but we can’t order anymore because we already bought food for lunch at small “Gotohan.”
Then after 30 minutes of waiting, we finally headed to the resort along Apacible Boulevard, Barangay Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas. For DIY travelers, one can take a tricycle from Nasugbu Bus Station to the resort for only 10 pesos. But in our case, our organizer already contacted the resort for the boat before we went there, so everything was under control and fine. I talked to one of the “ates” and asked her and she told me that the roundtrip boat fare for day tour is only 300 pesos and 400 pesos for night tour per person/pax.
We’re almost ready for the boating headed to the Fortune Island. We packed our things, changed clothes and most importantly, applied sun protection all over the body to minimize the tan that we’ll have.
As early as 6:00 AM, we already boarded a boat but it was still dark. The weather was really good and the sea was calmed as per “bangkero” so we’re excited to personally witness the beauty of the paradise.
The most exciting part of the trip is the boat ride wherein you have to expect big waves and splash of water during the ride. It’s really amazing and wonderful experience even I knew in myself that I’m not a good swimmer. And if you’re worrying about your belongings, DON’T WORRY because the boatmen have an improvised raft for it to be safe and not to get wet.
The wave was really strong enough to make everyone in the boat wet but it was part of the thrill going to the Fortune Island so just enjoy and savor every moment with it.
We’re almost there…
And FINALLY WE LANDED at the Paradise!
My excitement triggered when I saw the replica of the ruins at the top that’s inspired by the Parthenon of Greece which is known as a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece dedicated to the goddess Athena.
Where to stay?
You can stay overnight at the island through camping only since there’s no room or hotel in it. It’s indeed an island like you need to be survive through tent and bonfire. But it’s really a wonderful experience, for sure. You can bring your own tent or you can just rent for P400 which is good for 3 persons. However, on our case, we only had a day tour as in whole day exploring and unleashing the beauty of the paradise.
What to do?
There are numerous things you can do as you landed in the paradise and the followings are my suggestions.
- Unlimited Photo shoot with the Pillars of the Acropolis
- Cliff Diving or Cliff Jumping (15 to 30 ft. high)
Before spotting the cliff diving area, you have to take steps and if you easily panting,
you have to carry bottled of water with you until you reach the cliff. It’s tiring yet fulfilling especially when you did a jump or dive from a cliff.
After walking and exploring the paradise, it’s time to do the snorkeling with the use of your gear. Enjoy the beautiful view underneath the water.
The place is indeed charming and relaxing. My friends and I brought food and drinks with us and enjoyed the view as we chitchatted. The Grecian ruins is our most favorite spot for its scenic setting facing the clear blue water.
- Trek to the Lighthouse
If you love climbing or hiking, you may also try to reach the Lighthouse of Fortune that will take 30 minutes to get there. The trail is rocky, steep and a bit difficult so I suggest to be careful as you go up to avoid wounds.
If you want to stay on the island much longer, you can bring your own tent or rent for only P400 for 3 persons and prepare yourself for the bonfire and thrill of gloomy night. I suggest you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as you stay their for night because it’s still an island.
- Unlimited Swimming
The water in the island is much more perfect and it’s really a paradise that will trigger you to stay on the water for a long time. My best friends and I stayed on the water for more two hours wearing our life vest (for we’re not good in swimming) and we didn’t care if our skin gets so much tan. We just enjoyed every minute we’re in the island. We even sang while in the water, played games, and covered our entire body with white sand as we lay down facing the sun. We waited for the rain and it didn’t stop us from swimming and everyone stared us and followed us.
WHY FORTUNE ISLAND IS CALLED FORTUNE?
I, like many people, have wondered why Fortune Island is called fortune to think that it literally experienced a massive bad luck. Like the tragic shipwrecks, strong typhoon, and failed dreams and business venture made it more misfortune instead. But after wondering and exploring the island, I perhaps clinched that despite the hard luck happened, many people wanted to see and to witness the glamouring view paradise hidden in this abandoned island.
Regardless of its past, many folks desires to visit and to unleash the beauty within it. It’s like a dreamland paradise, which you can’t believe that it’s in Philippines, because of its clear blue water, breathtaking sight of the ruins inspired by Parthenon of Greece, stunning rocks formation and splendid white sand. Traveler like me hungers to discover more of this island-like in the Philippines for it calms and satisfies my eyes.
Indeed, it’s an abandoned island with a heavenly paradise within.
It’s MORE FUN in NASUGBU, BATANGAS…
An Abandoned Island Yet A Fortunate Paradise!
PS: Thanks for having time to read my magnificent experience. Til the next adventures!