Monday, June 8, 2015

Return to Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas

After the tour in Apo Reef and Calaguas last May 2015, I was thinking of another tour. 
Initially, I thought of going to Camaya Coast and Acuzar in Bataan.
Last minute, I changed my plan and decided instead to go back to Fortune Island.
Relived my last year's adventure in this uninhabited white sand beach island.
And that was the first time I joined JJ Tours.

Jun Villegas a.k.a. Smart Backpacker at the top of Fortune Island

June 6, 2015


I ended up joining the JJ Tours in Fortune Island. But this tour was different. I'm usually with Rico (my travel buddy) but this time I was with Faty Wines (co-teacher in FEU). I told her she needed this tour as part of here preparation for the Mindanao Tour slated likewise on the same month. She happily obliged. We paid P2,700 each for the said tour and it was worth every penny of it! 

Meeting time 3:00 am, Meeting place - EDSA-Buendia Shell station
How to get there

There a variety of options in going to Nasugbu, Batangas.

Option 1 - from EDSA, Pasay City
Ride a BSC or DLTB bus en route to Nasugbu, Batangas. Travel time is 3-4 hours. It is 92 kilometers from Pasay. Fare is P155.00. Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 2 - from Buendia, Pasay City
Ride a DLTB bus en route to Nasugbu, Batangas. Travel time is 3-4 hours. It is 94 kilometers from Buendia. And the fare is also P155.00. Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 3 - from Park n Ride, City Hall, Manila
Ride the bus going to Nasugbu (they have a schedule and it is better to inquire), Travel time is 3-4 hours. Fare is P173.00.  Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 4 - from Cubao
Ride the bus (DLTB) going to Nasugbu.  Travel time is 3-4 hours. Fare is P173.00.  Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 5 - from Olivares, Tagaytay
From SM Calamba, ride the van going to Tagaytay and alight in Jollibee, Olivares. Fare is P70.00 and travel time is more than an hour depending on the traffic. From Olivares, ride either the jeepney or bus going to Nasugbu, fare is P78.00 and travel time is 60-80 minutes.  Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 6 - from Talisay, Batangas
Ride the jeep going either to Talisay or Laurel, Batangas. Fare is P23 and travel time is less than an hour. Alight at the Municipal Hall in Talisay and board the tricycle to Banga. Reaching Banga, ride the jeep (P40), motorcycle (P150) or tricycle (P300) to Tagaytay. Travel time is 15-20 minutes only. Alight in Olivares,  ride either the jeepney or bus going to Nasugbu, fare is P78.00 and travel time is 60-80 minutes.  Alight in Jollibee, Nasugbu, Batangas. Then, ride a tricycle to Barangay Wawa for P10.00 only. Specifically, in Fortune Island Resort.

Option 7
Hire a van going to Nasugbu. 
Foton Van for Hire (several units available)
Derick Villegas - contact numbers: 0917-504-0770 / 0998-545-0016 / (043)-778-4657
With wifi, GPS Navigation, videoke, RFID, Sky



Fortune Island Resort

From EDSA- Buendia MRT Station, we rode a van to Nasugbu, Batangas. Travel time that morning was only 2 hours less the traffic. We alighted at Fortune Island Resort.



Fortune Island Resort
 Apacible Blvd, Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
Contact number - 0906-380-5259
Internet phone - 070-4300-7715
email: ggkbr6269@gmail.com
homepage: http://m_cafe_naver_com/fortune island

Fortune Island Resort is the one managing ALL the tours in Fortune Island.
They also provide scuba diving and island hopping tour.
They also have ATV rentals.
It is co-owned by Mr. Kim and Mr. Steve whom I both met in the resort.

It is BETTER if the resort will be the one to ARRANGE your boat to the island. If you are traveling alone or 2 or more, they will the the one to squeeze you in other tours. Look for Maricel, Jenny or Erika.

Entrance fee to the island
P300 - day tour
P400 - overnight

ALTERNATIVELY - (But I still RECOMMEND that Fortune Island Resort be the one to arrange your boat rental needs.)

Boat for Hire
Ely B. Catubigan / Batoy Catubigan
Tabernacle Beach Resort
 Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
0947-574-7548 / 0905-602-2041

Boat hire / Guide 
Mang Chris - 0908-722-5628
Mang Dante - 0939-489-5292


Day Tour - P4,000.00 (10 pax only) 
Overnight Tour - P6,000 (10 pax) / P8,000-9,000 (15 pax)

Best time to visit the island is between the months of March to June only. It is better to travel in a large group (8-10 pax) to minimize the cost of renting a boat.  


Jenny is the one wearing blue and Maricel is wearing gray inside the bar.


Red Chuca arranged the tour, food, and the boat rental.  
Again, please look for Maricel or Jenny at the resort. 





Past 7 am, we were boarding the boat en route to Fortune Island.






Travel time by boat to the island is more or less 1 hour depending on the weather.
There is a helipad in the island.





After 30 minutes, we could already see the island.




And after 1 hour, we arrived at Fortune Island.





It was my second time to see the island.

The beach is white sand. There are portions of the beach with powdered white sand and there are portions with rough white sand and shells abound in the shore.  Aside from our group, there were 7-8 other groups who will spend the night in the island.




We went to our camping site. But Faty and I decided to go immediately to the top of the ruins in order to take advantage of the blue sky and sunny weather that day.





From the top of the ruins, you can have the bird's eye-view of the island. I thought I was in Parthenon in Greece! The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.




Then, we went further to the highest point in the ruins and explored it.





Behold the ruins of Fortune Island!




                        Fortune Island is a photographer's dream! A sight to behold and get lost!





After taking a multitude of pictures, we decided to descend.





Before 12 noon, we took our lunch. Hooray for Red Chuca who made our lunch ahead of time. A sigh of relief! =)




After taking lunch, we rested for 2 hours and then headed to the other side of the island.





The trek was good only for 10-12 minutes.





The landscapes in Fortune Island are breathtaking!





And the site was the site for CLIFF JUMPING or CLIFF DIVING!
First to jump was Matias (German) followed by Alfred who jumped with his GoPro!




Erwin, Basil, Dana (Natalie Del Rosario), Dolly,  and Norry also jumped!
Last to jump on our group was Norry.





But aside from us several groups jumped that day. Noteworthy is the group from Baguio City.





The most beautiful girl to jump that day was from Baguio City! And I was not able to get her name, (per comment, her name is Justine Nicole Sison).





After cliff jumping, we decided to go to the other spot for cliff jumping.





But this one is not as high or dangerous as the previous one. It is located just beside the beach area.






Again, we rested fro 1 hour and thereafter, headed to the shark infested area. 





But after waiting for nearly an hour, not a sight of a shark appeared.




Instead, we went back to the beach area and enjoyed the waters of Fortune Island.





And the best part of it was - SNORKELING!





You will love the corals of Fortune Island!





While the rest took their souvenir pictures.





Past 5 pm, we went back to the top of the ruins. But this time for sunset viewing.







I met a group who were also waiting for the sunset to unfold. I forgot their names.





Around 5:50 pm, sunset was in the horizon.





The sunset in Fortune Island is quite different because it is situated beside the cliff and you have to be creative to get your own shot.  




Then, later that evening, we took our dinner.




After dinner, the drinking spree. A lot happened before, during, and after the drinking spree which I am not at liberty to say.  We played several games and Denise emerged as the victor.



It rained twice that night. Woke up thrice that night.

 There was no sunrise the following morning. But we still enjoyed the breakfast the following morning.



Around 10 am, we headed back to Nasugbu mainland.
We fixed ourselves and headed back to Manila. We made a stopover in Mahogany Market in Tagaytay City for our lunch. And I alighted in Olivares.





It was definitely 
MORE FUN IN FORTUNE ISLAND!

Persons who joined JJ Tours in Fortune Island
Erwin Nuer
Red Chuca
Faty Wines
Jeremy Cirujales
Vianca Domdom
Natalie Del Rosario
Dollie De Gala
Kim Alfred Ponce
Norry Nepomuceno
Eike Nunberger
Basil
Alona Espartero
Gui Granzo
Matze Lutjen (Matthias)
Nelson Dona Aclan
Denisse Eraine
Jun Villegas


About the Island
According to the locals, it is owned by Mr. Leviste.

There is no electricity nor drinking water in the island. No food outlet or canteen. But it has mobile network signals of Smart and Globe. There is a toilet but there is no water. It is better to bring your wet wipes or use salt water for toilet purposes. 

There is a lighthouse in the island and a helipad.
The shipwreck is gone!

Activities in the island


camping, trekking, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, island hopping, cliff jumping 

Scuba Diving and Hopping Tour

Steve Song
General Manager and PADI Scuba Instructor
Fortune Island Resort, Apacible Blvd.
Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
+63-915-881-9756
Internet phone - 070-4300-7715
e-mail- quepit76@naver.com
homepage -  http://m.cafe.naver.com/fortuneisland

Tips - 
1. It is better to negotiate your rent of the boat directly to Fortune Island Resort..
2. It is better to bring supplies of water in the island.
3. There is no tent rental in the resort or island. Please bring your own. Using hammock is neither an option. Sleeping bags can be used as there are dilapidated shelters in the island.
4. The waves can be so strong that you will get wet while boarding or onboard the boat, better bring a spare clothing just for this purpose.

5. Do not forget to bring a camera! Enjoy Fortune Island! 



Previous blog - Exploring Fortune Island 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2014/06/exploring-fortune-island.html





35 comments:

  1. Smart B*****cker did it again! Nice post Sir Jun \m/

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    1. hahahaha!!! Thank you! Bakit may ____ sa name ko?? I know what it means!! lol =)

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  2. At kasama kami sa cast!hehe.. Thank you sir Jun.vid ni Vianca/Jeremy na lng.hehe

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  3. At kasama kami sa cast!hehe.. Thank you sir Jun.vid ni Vianca/Jeremy na lng.hehe

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  4. At kasama kami sa cast!hehe.. Thank you sir Jun.vid ni Vianca/Jeremy na lng.hehe

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    1. Syempre naman!!! Kayo kaya ang bida =)

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    2. kelangan ulit ulit uli ulit? 3x? ha ganun ha? lolol nakaka pressure lolololol

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  5. Justine nicole sison po name nung tagabaguio. Welcome. :)

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    1. Sure ba iyan?? hahahaha
      Btw, may video ang mga jump ng Baguio. Yung mga jump nila nasa fb ko - Jun Villegas
      Thanks =)

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  6. Hi! Yung DLTB po sa Cubao, daily trips to Nasugbu? Same din po ba ng babaan (Jollibee) kung sa Punta Fuego po kami? Thanks!

    Btw, love the blog post! Hopefully we can visit Fortune naman next time! :)

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    1. yup =) medyo malayo pa from that spot

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  7. YES GOT THERE/// SO NICE## its a worth trip..

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  8. Hi guys. If you want to join us Nov 7-8. and Nov 13-14 please message me. 09066385586 thank you!! -French

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  9. Hi! Wala na ba kayong trip somewhere this month between 15 an 19?

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    1. FORTUNE ISLAND OVERNIGHT
      19-20 DECEMBER
      Christian Fortaleza Fainsan Niña Rose C. Maderazo Ge Bermudez Derige Ana Victoria Bianca Sarsonas John Paul Miguel Diaz
      ITINERARY
      19 Drcember
      05:00 AM - Assembly at Mcdonald's Buendia
      06:00 AM - ETD Nasugbu via DLTB Bus
      09:00 AM - ETA Nasugbu
      10:00 AM - ETD to the Island
      11:00 AM - Setup tent
      12:00 PM - Lunch
      01:00 PM onwards - Free Time : snorkeling, photos opts, cliff jumping, rest, sunset
      06:00 PM - Prepare dinner
      07:00 PM - Dinner/ Socials
      20 December
      05:00 AM - Wake up call for Sunrise
      06:00 AM - Sunrise
      07:00 AM - Prepare Breakfast
      07:30 AM - Breakfast
      08:00 AM - Swimming
      09:00 AM - Break Camp
      10:00 AM - ETD Resort
      11:00 AM - ETA Resort
      12:00 PM - ETD Manila

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    2. Si Aristocrat ang organizer - https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.cypher

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    3. How much po ang budget for this incoming December trip?

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  10. Hi there! Just curious san pwede maligo sa island since walang supply ng tubig? Dun na ba mismo sa Fortune Island resort?

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    1. yup sa resort or dala ka water sa island

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    2. di ko ma get yung 300 binayad mo sa resort if wala naman palang amenities don.. GRRRRRR

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  11. Do you have room rates or resort website? Resort amenities? Thanks! :)

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  12. Hi! Thanks for sharing the beauty of Batangas :) Kudos! May I Know how much will it cost for the whole tour? and facilities. Thanks. :)

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    1. It was a packaged tour organized by Red Chuca. You can look for him in facebook.

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  13. Hi! Ask ko lang po if kami lang dalawa ng gf ko ang pupunta, ok lang ba? And yung 300 na entrance po ba is kasama or yun na yung bayad para sa boat? Thanks! :)

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  14. hello po.. ask ko lang po kung anong covr ng entrace fee sa fortune island.. kasi Ive read alot of blogs at sabi wala namang amenities sa isla.. may resibo ba to kasama???

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  15. Hi - nice post. i might copy part of your itineraries. :)
    but one of my concerns would be on the commute. btw, would you know schedule interval of dltb bus cubao going to nasugbu. Their posted contact numbers seem outdated.
    Thanks.

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  16. Sir, allow me to copy your options in going to Nasugbu to my travel blog www.lexicalcrown.blogspot.com. Thanks.

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  17. Hi what travel agency Po? May Fb page Po ba? Thanks

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  18. Hi. I would like to ask if you are entertaining interviews? Because your blog post is related to our thesis topic. Thank you.

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