Island Life within Island Life
Now that we’ve lived on the big island of Taiwan for almost a year and a half, we wanted to branch out and explore the smaller islands of Taiwan. West of us, in the Taiwan straight (between Taiwan and China), there’s an archipelago of 90 islands, called Penghu Islands. This seemed like a great place for a long weekend summer vacation. The flight is only 30 minutes from Taichung which Passionfruit’s recovering back was ok with.
Goal: Beach seek by way of scooter
Sunscreen is for beginners
Maybe it’s our age, but we stopped caring about what we look like when the suns out. We don’t playing chicken with these UVs. We cover up, just like the locals, and call it all good. The heat is insane.
The Hawaii of Taiwan
Penghu, is an arid and wind-swept island, popular for wind turbines, kite boarders and dry-loving plants
Road side attractions
The Erkan Ancient Residences
The Daguoye Columnar Basalt
5 minutes later…
Island of Coral
Some beaches have soft white sand, others are 100% washed up coral. There’s so much washed up coral here that villages are built with coral, like this one. Nice up-cycling, Taiwan.
Jibei Island’s Sand Tail
A short ferry ride north of the main Penghu Island is Jibei Island. We rented an electric scooter for $6.00 USD and scooted to the tail of the “Sand Tail”. One side of the spit offers many family-focused water sports, the other side there’s absolutley nobody. It’s blissfully quiet. This is the most gorgeous beach we’ve experienced in all of Taiwan.
While the locals dig these shenanigans…
We dig this…
Keep it Dry
I’ve touched on this in Taiwan observations (#64), walking around with wet hair even in 100+ temps is considered bad for your health. Complimentary hair dryers can be found everywhere, even beach-side.
Back on main Penghu Island, this type of outdoor BBQ is popular
Fresh cactus + lime juice
And the other hydrating snack…
Taiwan isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, but then sometimes it is exactly
RAINBOWS and UNICORNS
In summer-y, these are our Penghu beach recommendations:
Shanshui Beach – 山水沙灘
(most social, chill, fun vibe, small waves for surfing, water unicorns)
Naian Beach– 內垵遊憩區
(tucked in a green cove, shade cabanas, remote, quiet)
Jibei Sand Tail– 吉貝沙尾
(quiet, most isolated from people, byo shade umbrella, cover shot is from Jibei)
With love from Penghu Island,
Pickles & Passionfruit
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