Taiwan Beaches: North to South

Taiwan Beaches: North to South

Taiwan has some amazing landscapes, everything from volcanic mountains to stunning coral reefs, so it may be hard to figure out where to go and what to see. But we’ve got you covered because here’s a list of the top beaches from all over Taiwan, so no matter where you go, you can enjoy sand and sunshine.

Plus, China Airlines flies to Taipei twice daily and twice weekly to Kaohsiung, making it easy for you, whichever part you visit.

These beaches are on the Taiwanese mainland, but if that is not enough, check out this article for beaches on the Penghu Islands, like Shanshui beach and Jang Jun island.

Also, if you’re looking for hotels in Taipei, do check out our Top 3 most value for money hotels in Taipei:

Fulong Beach

Located on the northern coast of Taiwan, in Taipei County, Fulong is an easy day trip for those who are sick of the city. Just an hour by train out of Taipei city, Fulong is a favourite among city-slickers looking to getaway.

Sand Sculpture Festival in Fulong,Taiwan (photo credit PhotonCatcher)

The sand is described as “golden” and is pretty close to that, though it may be hard to tell in the summer because of the blanket of sunbathing bodies. Yes it gets that crowded, be warned.

 

Fulong has both a private beach, which you can enter for a fee of NT$100, or a public beach on the southeast end, which may be more crowded but is perfect if you’re on a budget.You can find surfboards, canoes, kayaks and other water sport equipment for hire along the beachfront, for a fee of course.

In the summer Fulong beach is also home to a number of festivals, like the Fulong International Sand Sculpting festival, where international sand sculptors come from May-June and leave their art pieces for anyone visiting Fulong to enjoy.

All I can do it make a pathetic sand hill. #goals

All I can do is make a sand hill. #goals

There is also the Hohaiyan Rock Festival, a free indie music festival that hosts hundreds of thousands of music-lovers for a few days in mid-July.

To get to Fulong, take the high speed rail out of Taipei to Fulong Railway station, and the coast is a quick 5 min walk away.

Baishawan Beach

Baishawan beach is also on the northern coast, but it isn’t nearly as crowded and well-known as Fulong. It’s name means White Sand Beach in Mandarin, but don’t let that raise your expectation too high: the sand is more of a dull cream. Still, Baishawan is a beautiful beach that is still relatively untouched by the crowds of tourists/day-trippers.

Stairs leading down to Baishawan Beach (Photo credits: Kovis Lo)

Stairs leading down to Baishawan Beach
(Photo credits: Kovis Lo)

The surf is relatively gentle, although there are waves further out and you can rent surf boards. If you aren’t interested in riding the waves, you can also rent a beach cabana along the beach for about NT$250. However, as the beach isn’t that crowded, don’t expect many other amenities like showers or food vendors, and come prepared with your own towels and refreshments.

To get to Baishawan, you can either take a bus straight from Taipei, which takes about 2 hours, or the MRT to Danshui station and a bus from there, which should take about an hour and a half. Be warned that none of the buses end at Baishawan, so you’ll have to keep your wits about you to know when to get off. There will be English signage along the way, so don’t worry too much; you won’t need a crash-course in Mandarin (though that would probably be helpful).

Kenting National Park

SAIL ROCK IN THE KENTING NATIONAL PARK

Kenting (or Kending) National Park in the south of Taiwan is a sprawling natural reserve with a variety of landscapes, from calm white sand beaches, rocking surf waves, to deep mangrove swamps. In fact, many scenes from the Oscar-winning movie Life of Pi were shot not only in Taiwan, but in Kending National Park itself.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Taiwan is Baisha Beach, about 5 km away from Kenting town. Don’t confuse it with Baishawan beach in northern Taiwan, and luckily Baisha in this case is a more accurate description of the sand of the beach. Baisha was also the location of the climax of Life of Pi: where Pi and Richard Barker (the Bengal tiger) arrive at a beach in their lifeboat after their journey.

A cut scene from the movie: Look Richard Parker! People! NO RICHARD, FRIENDS NOT FOOD.

Surprisingly, the beach is not very well known among tourists because it is a little bit out of the way. But this is quickly changing as word of its beauty spreads, so plan your trip there quick! Look out for the Happy panda camping grounds right on Baisha Beach where you can pitch a tent from about NT$300; watch the stars come out away from the competition of city lights.

If you want to try your hand at surfing, head instead to Jialeshui beach, the surfing capital of Taiwan. If you want to live out your dream of becoming a surfer dude, Jialeshui is the place to go – many pro Taiwanese and Japanese pro surfers flock to Jialeshui to get a taste of the strong Pacific ocean waves there.

Jialeshui's footbridge (Photo credits: Aaron Logan)

Jialeshui’s footbridge
(Photo credits: Aaron Logan)

The beach is surf-crazy, with a ton of surfing shops, schools, and hostels to fulfill all your wave-riding needs. You can rent a board and life vest for about NT$300-500 per day, and if you make arrangements to stay at a surf hostel, they will provide transport to and from Jialeshui.

Because of the many beautiful national scenic areas in the southern part of Taiwan, pubic transportation is not as convenient as it is near Taipei. Therefore, getting to Kenting may be a bit tricky. The best bet is to make your way from Kaohsiung and rent a car or scooter. From there you can take the longer, but more scenic coastal road, or the faster inland highway.

If you’re looking for hotels in Kenting instead, here are the lowest prices for the Top 3 most value for money hotels in Kenting:

Getting to Taiwan

China Airlines flies twice a day direct to Taipei from Singapore and twice a week to Kaohsiung from Singapore, also a direct flight. You can search your flight and book directly only at www.china-airlines.com. If you prefer a package deal, you can also take a look at China Airlines’ Dynasty Packages for free & easy tours to Taiwan.

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This article is supported by China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board.

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