Love the Greek Style and Filipino Equatorial Paradise in Nasugbu, Batangas!!
It’s just an hour off the coast of Nasugbu in Batangas lies Fortune Island. Even though it is small but this lone island is hard to ignore, it possess a creamy white shores of powdery sands and turquoise waters as cold as ice that will surely mesmerise you.
It has been a long time mystery to many how a structure resembling the Acropolis found in Greece stood on top of Fortune Island’s limestone cliff which overlooks the vast ocean. Also in the island found remnants of what seemed like a luxurious beach house with an empty swimming pool.According to the information Fortune Island was once an exclusive island resort similar to what became of Balesin. The project was spearheaded by former Governor Jose Antonio Leviste who also owned this little paradise.
The resort was designed to please the upper class members of the society and the best way thought possible was to build something similar to how the Greeks built their gods temples. Hence stood an acropolis atop a cliff much like how the Acropolis of Athens stood several meters above ground to remind the commoner of the “higher power”. The resort also featured a salt-water swimming pool with vacations houses fronting the beach, a serpentarium, a helipad and a museum dedicated to San Diego, a warship which sank off the island in the 17th century. Now that’s what we call luxury!
Mystery Hidden in this beautiful Place
It was near this island (approximately 900 meters (3,000 feet) northwest of the island) that the galleon San Diego was sunk on December 14, 1600 by the Dutch warship Mauritius under the command of Admiral Oliver Van Noort. The shipwreck was discovered in 1992 by French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio.
This island has also been the site of modern shipwrecks. On December 13, 1995, the MV Kimelody Cristy, a passenger ferry owned and operated by Moreta Shipping Lines Incorporated, caught fire and sank off Fortune Island as it was on its way to Mindoro, leaving 17 people dead and 16 people missing. On September 18, 1998, the MV Princess of the Orient, a passenger ferry owned by Sulpicio Lines, sailed during a typhoon on its way to Cebu City from Manila and sank off Fortune Island, resulting in the deaths of 70 people.
THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU WHERE IN FORTUNE ISLAND
- Trek to the Lighthouse – Sweat those extra calories and go on a 30-minute trek to the lighthouse atop the island’s highest point. You’ll love to see the antic that it is.
- Do a Greek style photo shoot – Get enough selfies, groupfies and what have you with the Grecian pillars of the acropolis as the backdrop. Dress like the ancient Greeks for more style. Pretty classy enough? Who’s up to playing Psyche and Cupid?
- Cliff Dive – Are you up for the coolest plunge? Then jump into the tempting turquoise waters from a 25-30 feet high cliff. Just make sure to bank more than enough courage as it can really be frustrating if you haven’t.
- Snorkel and discover the colorful world underwater – Marvel at the abundance of life within the waters surrounding the island. Do it your way. You can either snorkel with a floater or if you are far more skillful than that then this might just become one of your favorite free dive spots.
- Swim and frolic under the sun – Nothing beats the classic. While some dudes and chicks get on with their adventure, don’t feel left out if you are more into relaxing by the beach. Indulge into the cool refreshing waters and frolic under the sun as long as you want! Sometimes it’s okay to skip playtime and have a little me-time.
- Explore the Batcave through a canoe/kayak – If the waters are friendly, you might wanna ride with tides and explore the batcave to ravel on some amazing rock formations.
- Visit the shipwreck site – Ask your boatman to take you to the shipwreck site. This is something diving enthusiasts don’t want to miss.
HOW TO GO TO THE ISLAND
- Commute – From Baclaran or Buendia Bus Stations, ride a BSC or DLTB bus bound for Nasugbu. Alight the bus in Nasugbu Bus Station then ride a tricycle going to Fortune Island Resort. Pay the fees and charter an outrigger boat to take you to the island. Total travel time may take 5-6 hours.
- Private – Drive via Cavitex. Continue driving to Governor’s Road then to Nasugbu Ternate Hwy until you reach Nasugbu. Turn right to C. Alvares, the street passed Jollibee. Continue driving then turn right to Apacibe Blvd. Just drive straight until you find Fortune Island Beach Resort.
Just a small Advice ; Fortune Island is devoid of comfort. There is no electricity. No decent toilet and bath rooms. No clean water source.So Bring your personal hygiene . So your vacation will be comfortable..ENJOY!!