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Fortune Island Travel Guide: Itinerary + Things to do, How to Get There and More

Fortune Island DIY Travel Guide

Fortune Island: The Greek-like Island of the South

Travel Guide to Fortune Island in Batangas

Experience Fortune Island in Batangas: The Greek-like Island of the South

Consider yourself lucky if you are reading this post. You might get to chat with your travel buddies later on and plan ahead your next travel destination – the Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas.

For Manileños or people living in the South like me, we would sometimes have this mindset of flying through different provinces just to have the perfect vacation and Instagram-worthy beach moments. But worry no more, because this breathtaking island we are taking you to is just a few hours away from Manila.

For those of you who haven’t been here, Fortune Island resembles the Acropolis, found in Greece. This lone island is located in Nasubgu, Batangas. According to some locals, this place used to be an exclusive resort-like the ones in Balesin. It even has a beach house and an empty swimming pool which adds charm and mysteriousness to the island.

How To Go To Fortune Island

Visiting this island, if I may say so, is easy peasy (no booking required – thus avoiding delayed/canceled flights, right?) From Manila, ride a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. The fare will only cost you less than Php 200. Ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa, which is the jump-off point to Fortune Island. It will take you an hour to get to the island, so we recommend you get there early so you can have plenty of time to enjoy the beach.

What To Do on Fortune Island

This island is less crowded compared to overrated beaches in the Philippines, making it the best spot to shoot your Instagram-worthy moment. Check out these Instagram photos of tourists who already visited the place:

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Cliff Diving is one of the water activities you can enjoy there. Fortune Island has the perfect spot for you to take that jump on the Southern waters as they have a 25-30 feet high cliff. For divers, take note that Fortune Island’s beauty is appreciated above and also below the sea – so bring your own gear because you can visit the shipwreck site – an experience you should not miss.

While for those who want to chill, you can just walk on the powdery white sands and admire the turquoise waters of the island.

Take the time to revel in the Grecian Pillars and choose the best angle on how to capture this amazing structure.

You can also trek to the Lighthouse which will take you about 30-minutes. It will definitely be worth the time and effort as you get to have a scenic view of the island.

If you feel adventurous, you can explore the Batcave through a canoe and admire the rock formation surrounding the place.

Fortune Island Travel Guide photo by Ivan Torres via unsplash
Fortune Island Travel Guide photo by Ivan Torres via Unsplash

Sample Itinerary

Plan to meet up with your friends before 4 in the morning, probably the first ride going to Nasugbu via DLTB bus in Gil Puyat or San Agustin Bus Line in Cubao.

  • 4:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.: Bus Ride to Nasugbu
  • 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.: Tricycle ride to Fortune Island Resort in Barangay Wawa
  • Go for a 30-minute to one-hour rest or breakfast before riding the boat going to the resort.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Boat Ride going to Fortune Island

The boat ride takes about 1 to 1 and a half hours but it definitely is sure the travel when you reach your destination. You can even plan for an overnight for only Php 4,500.00  for 5-10 people and Php 6,000.00 exceeding 10.

So what are you waiting for? Satisfy that wanderlust and visit Nasugbu’s gem – the Fortune Island

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Written by Denise Alyssa G. Villamar

Dog whisperer, literature organizer at Thought Catalog, and a sucker for music photography.

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