Close to the archeological site where the famous San Diego Ship Wreck containing significant artifacts was found, is the Fortune Island, lying on Nasugbu Bay in Batangas. It is also known to have hosted the first recorded naval battle between European tropps in Southeast Asia region.

The island eventually became an exclusive luxury resort, which somehow closed down and was left seemingly abandoned for some time. It reopened to the public in 2013, and since then it has been getting famous for campers and tourists wanting to explore their beach options in the region. There is no electricity or access to drinking or fresh water in the island, but more visitors are pouring in as photos of the island’s fine sand and isolation bring curiosity, along with the Instagram-favorite Greek-style pillars and ruins standing on its coast.

Aside from camping and photo shoots, other activities in the island include trekking to the lighthouse, snorkelling, and cliff diving. Overnight camping is allowed. If you have more time there are a couple of scuba diving spots near the island. Remember to bring your own tent, food, and water supplies for there are no stores or resorts. Showers and toilet services are available, however, at the mainland resorts for minimal fees.

You may also opt to just do a day trip on the island and head back to Barangay Wawa to stay in one of the Nasugbu mainland resorts. Fortune Island Resort is one of popular choices since it is also the jump-off point that manages the trip to and from the island.

How to Get There

To get to Fortune Island from Metro Manila, take a bus bound for Nasugbu, Batangas. Get off at Nasugbu Town Proper. Find the tricycle terminal near Jollibee, and hire a driver to bring you to Fortune Island Resort, where you can arrange boat trips to and from the island. Reminder to plan your trip early as the waves get stronger in the afternoon.

Cover photo: Astrid Alvarez