Fortune Island, Nasugbu

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Fortune Island is a resort island in Batangas province in the Philippines. The 27ha island lies about 14km off the coast of Nasugbu in Batangas.Ownership and developmentFortune Island is once a private island owned by Laurentina Pestano. It was turned over to the government and the island was now owned by José Antonio Leviste, a former governor of Batangas. Leviste opened the Fortune Island Resort Club on the island in 1995. The beach resort was built along a 20m stretch of pristine white sand. Several rest houses facing the water. The resort features a salt water swimming pool, clubhouse, cabana, basketball court, helipad, desalinator for freshwater consumption, and a small serpentarium, a reptile zoo for snakes. The beach also has an acropolis with Grecian pillars and statues on the edge of the island overlooking the sea. There is also a museum dedicated to the San Diego, a Spanish warship that sank off the island (see below).This island has since been parceled out into seven lots reportedly titled in the names of three companies: Fortune Resort Club, Inc., Meridian Pacific Hotel Corp., and Batangas Bay Development, Inc. Leviste holds either majority stocks or has interests in these companies.
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  • It was an Expectation Vs Reality. The Island was very pretty when your still 500 Kilometers away but when you entered the island, there’s a lot if grabages anywhere. It cost more from parking to renti...  more »
  • What to bring for overnight stay: 1. Tent 2. Toiletries 3. Sunsreen 4. Food 5. Mini Gas Range (make sure to use properly) 6. Trash Bag (leave no trace) Day use: 1. Sunsreen 2. Rash guard The place is ...  more »
  • That's how much we paid each to be there ...for what? There were no toilets, no water, no trees or anything to shelter from the scorching sun, no trash cans, and nobody to clean up the place. It's so ...  more »
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  • Best campsite ever! - the best time to come here is during the summer season, March to onset of June (why? So, you'll not be greeted with rough waves and seaweeds by the shore; cliff diving is best at this time too) - no freshwater source (bring everything you need esp. this one) MUST READ: don't get disappointed when there's no other water activities in the island, don't expect too much from this island, its unmaintained structures and lush yet rugged formation shall entice your senses enough^^
  • Beautiful island. Shore was wide and far so you'd really get to enjoy the water. You're free to do whatever you want. Just be sure to bring food that won't upset your stomach. There are no toilets. In fact, you'd see one side filled with you-know-what.
  • Great place to chill. 0% humid. 100% fresh air. 99% clear water at the beach, 101% at the cliff side. I hope the government or the people who own the island hire people who could maintain the island, because there were some litters on the shore.
  • Want a getaway from the busy city life? Fortune Island's perfect for you. You'll have to ride a boat that will take hours to get to the island, you'll have to actually set up a camp, and you'll have to be wise. Why? Because Fortune Island isn't that convenient. You have to choose wisely what to bring, where best to set up your tent, how to keep your valuables away from the thieves, how to befriend your fellow travelers for when you lack or ran out of resources, and of course, when and how to take a dump. Fortune Island is an adventure in a nutshell. It is best to explore with friends or family (those who can set up a tent and know how to cook), but if you ride solo, cool. They have a small store, but their stuff there are really expensive (it's hard to bring supplies- it takes time, gas, and a lot of energy). You can do the cliche: set up a tent, swim, go to the ruins, cliff dive, go back to your tent, sleep and take off the next day- or befriend the fishermen/ferrymen, offer them some help fishing for food (if you're a swimmer), and you'll get to see the entire island (just be wary of jellyfishes when it's their season, don't swim way too far from the boat, the wind in this island is pretty unpredictable, and don't go to the caves). We did the latter, and that's pretty rare to happen. I guess, we just got lucky. Oh, and what we did is dangerous. 2 of us got blown away, and the fishermen we offered to help ended up saving our friends' lives. Anyway, please note that there are registered mamamangkas who work with the resorts. Avoid the illegal ones, because if you don't know the way around, they'll charge you too much. Additionally, if you haven't tried cliff diving and you don't know how to swim but you wanna try it, barrow a life jacket from the mamamangkas. Ask them politely. They also sometimes hunt for seafood to sell (super fresh squid, octopus, different kinds of fishes). You might wanna catch that too.
  • This a mysterious island. The ruins are attractive and the water was so clear and abundant with underwater life. The sand was one of a kind. A must see place. Tip: visit the island during weekdays. :)
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