Turning another year older last December called for another adventure outdoors. Life had been quite hectic then, so spending a full, solid weekend far from civilization was just what I needed.
Not too far from Metro Manila, lies the abandoned Greek-style resort called Fortune Island – famous for cliff diving, its Grecian white Acropolis structure, and the smooth white sand of its beach. Once an exclusive island resort, it closed operations in 2006 and was recently opened to the public in 2013. Since then, it’s been a favorite of campers, adventure-seekers and outdoorsy travelers.
Located in Nasugbu, Batangas, the jump-off point is a short 3 hour drive from the city by car (simply Waze it like we did!) and is easily accessible by commuting through bus and a short tricycle ride. Visiting in December was risky, but we decided to go for it because the weather had been quite sunny then! Luckily, the weather had been amazing during the day despite experiencing drizzles at night.
Photos taken with iPhone 6s and Fujifilm X-A2
THINGS TO NOTE
☼ The island is completely virgin – no electricity, no bathrooms, no stores!
☼ People opt to do day trips or overnight by camping.
☼ Activities you can do include cliff diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, and island hopping.
☼ The waves of the beach are usually extremely strong, so it’s hard to swim properly.
☼ I recommend swimming through the waters jumped in during cliff diving – serene, clear and deep.
☼ If you’re a creature of comfort, this place may not be for you – you’ve got to rough it out, especially if you’ll be camping!
☼ Visit Fortune Island’s Facebook page – call them to make boat arrangements and ask for the costs.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO BRING
☼ Food and water!
☼ Basic beach necessities: sunblock, shades, swimsuit, rash guard, etc.
☼ If overnighting, basic camping gear: flashlights, tent, sleeping bags, etc.
☼ Plastic bags to throw all your trash in – don’t leave trash behind!
☼ Companions to push off the cliff! (Just kidding, but if you do, do so with caution.)
Have the time of your life,