|Fortune Island: Of Ruins, Cliffs & Models|
This may sound a bit harsh but let's just say that the beach in Fortune Island is unattractive and well, quite forgettable. The long stretch of coarse and pebbly shore is littered with chicken bones, shards of glass, dried up dog crap and bits and pieces of trash left by campers. Swimming in the shallow area of the beach can be a bit challenging too because it's strewn with rocks in varied sizes and texture.
|Boat moored at the shore|
But what it lacks in aesthetics make up for its character and overall vibe. There is a beautiful ruin on top of the hill, which apparently is Fortune Island's main draw. The ruined acropolis, built and eventually abandoned by the Levistes, is reminiscent of The Parthenon in ancient Greece. Haughty Dorian columns out in the open, perfect backdrops for themed, and sometimes silly but fun pictorials.
|The columns in B&W|
Our tour organizer, the wacky Rommel of TheLittleFoxPh, shared with us as we were approaching the town of Nasugbu, the jump-off point to Fortune Island, that the island is being claimed by various parties causing some political disputes over the ownership of the island. We were told that it's currently owned by some Korean businessman and operated by local folks of Nasugbu. "You can't simply go to the island without making prior arrangements with the operators," he cautioned. Someone on the island will check your receipt. If it's not issued by authorized people, well, I assume they tell you to get your butts back to the boat and go back to the mainland.
|People flock the columns|