Fortune Island has been getting famous for campers since it reopened to the public in 2013. While there is still no available electricity or access to fresh and drinking water in the island, more tourists have been getting curious about the isolated beach experience, including the social media favorite Greek-style pillars and ruins that are becoming more popular from the visitors’ Instagram photos.

To get to to the island from Metro Manila:

  1. Take a bus bound for Nasugbu, Batangas. Some of the bus companies that have direct route to Nasugbu are DLTB (located at Buendia-Taft corner Gil Puyat Avenues) and San Agustin Bus Line (located in Cubao). Travel time takes about 4 hours, depending on traffic.
  2. Get off at Nasugbu Town Proper.
  3. Find the tricycle terminal near Jollibee, and hire a driver to bring you to Fortune Island Resort in Barangay Wawa.

Alternatively, if you have your own car, you may also drive to Nasugbu via Cavitex heading to Nasugbu-Ternate Highway, or via SLEX exiting to Santa Rosa and passing through Tagaytay. Securing a parking space can be arranged at the resort.

Fortune Island Resort is the jump-off point where boat trips can be arranged going to and from the island. There is a required entrance fee to register, either as day trippers (P300) or overnight campers (P400) aside from the boat rental fee which ranges from P3000 to P4500 for day trip (5-10 passengers) and P4500 to P6000 (more than 10 passengers) for overnight. You may also find other options outside the resort at cheaper prices. Be reminded to plan your trip early as the waves get stronger in the afternoon and the boatmen prefer hitting the water before noon. If you are camping overnight on a weekend or holiday season, arriving there early is ideal so you can find the best spot for your tents.

Cover photo: Astrid Alvarez