It’s my first time to go camping!!! I couldn’t think of any other way to start this blog post, so I’m saying it again, it is my first time to go camping! But just a disclaimer: this trip will not be possible without my sister and her husband who had their prenuptial photoshoot on a remote island, hired me as her makeup artist, and ta-dah! Aside from the privilege, I always want to try camping, hiking or anything that is beyond my comfort zone; I always want to explore and visit places that have historical past, and one of those places that are on my bucket list is the Fortune Island.
History of Fortune Island
Fortune Island is a lone island residing in Nasugbu, Batangas. It is well-known because of its Grecian pillars, a lighthouse, white fine sands, and clear cold turquoise water. You may begin to feel the need to go to this place, but Fortune Island is not just a typical tropical paradise to quench your vitamin sea needs; Fortune Island is more than just that.
Upon stepping our feet to the island, we have noticed how old the place looks like; it resembles as an old beach house or a private resort, but the structures are already worn out. According to some locals there who are in charge of caretaking the island, it was once before an exclusive beach house but it was shut down due to the island being prone to typhoons. Up to this date, no renovation was made and the island looks exactly like an abandoned island.
How to go to Fortune Island
We left our house around 4:30 am and commute our way to DLTB Buendia. We rode a bus going to Nasugbu which took us 2.5 hours of travel time. Upon arriving in Nasugbu, we rode a tricycle going to Fortune Island Resort, waited for the boat we rented, and then consumed an hour for the boat ride going to the island.
What we did in Fortune Island
We stayed there overnight so we packed our tents with us and built our campsite. My sister did a grocery shopping a day before we left Manila for all the food we could eat and utensils we will need for our entire stay there. It is my first time actually to sleep in a tent on an island and I’m thankful that I didn’t encounter any creepy experiences. However, I forgot to bring a portable fan and having no portable fan is not easy because it is scorching hot during daytime and inside the tent. Lesson learned: bring a portable fan during camping.
The main reason why Fortune Island trip happened is because of my sister and her husband’s prenuptial shoot for their church wedding. My sister hired professional photographers and they decided to shoot in Fortune Island. For me, the island is such a perfect place to do photoshoots or photo walk because the place has its natural “fall in love with me” vibes, and who wouldn’t love to have Greek-inspired photos in the acropolis?
We went there on a weekday so we’re lucky enough to enjoy the place with only a few other campers and tourists. We took advantage of it and enjoyed the beach right after the first set of the shoot. Compared to the last beach I have visited which is in La Union, Fortune Island has a rocky beach but has calmer waves. There are so many unique-looking stones and shells that can be picked as souvenirs, but the forgetful me forgot to do it, of course.
On our last day, we expected that our boat driver will fetch us at 11 am, but he arrived two hours early informing us that he could tour us to the other side of the island via boat ride. So we packed our stuff, left our campsite, and then headed to the open waters. This is the best part of our trip; seeing how beautiful the entire island few meters away from our very eyes, the vastness of turquoise waters surrounding the island, jumping off the boat with our life vests, and enjoying the moment of surreal bliss with nature. I didn’t try the cliff diving though, but the photographers did and I think it was an awesome experience, too.
Itinerary and expenses
My sister planned everything out so I didn’t create an itinerary, I just noted down our activities in each time.
Regarding the expenses, we paid Php 1,600 each. Note: this breakdown of expenses is good for 10 pax.
Boat RT – Php 4,500
Resort entrance – Php 4,000 (Php 400/pax for overnight)
Bus ticket RT – Php 3,200 (Php 320/pax)
Tricycle RT – Php 400 (Php 40/pax)
Food and grocery – Php 4,800 (Php 480/pax)
Total damage – Php 16,900
Some things to remember if you’re going to visit Fortune Island
- There are no clean and decent comfort rooms, be prepared to deal with your toilet business in old and open CRs.
- There’s no electricity, so don’t forget to bring your power bank, portable fan, and flashlights.
- There’s no clean water source – only salt water, so it is better to bring gallons of water for drinking and cleaning up. You can bring tissues and wet wipes, too.
- There are no trash bins, so learn to dispose of your wastes properly. Let’s help the caretakers in taking care of the place. Leave nothing but footprints.
- Stay hydrated, drink lots of water and apply sunblock from time to time to prevent sunburns.
Overall, my first camping experience is such a memorable one; to be able to spend days away from the usual routine of the metro, days without internet connection and comfort, and just being in touch with nature and God’s beautiful creations. I doubt that this will be my last island trip because I will definitely try again soon. 🙂
To know more about Fortune Island and/or if you wish to visit some other time, you can check these pieces of information:
Address: Fortune Island Resort, Apacible Blvd. Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact number: 09959765091 / 09155047166 / 09278365675
Have you been to Fortune Island?
Suggest other islands we can visit soon.
Share your thoughts below! 🙂