Much of Taiwan’s southern peninsula – a crescent-shaped coastline of white sandy beaches, coral gardens and lush topical uplands – falls within the boundaries of a protected national park. Dense forests cover hills and valleys. Monkeys, water buffaloes and dozens of species of butterflies call this area home.
Other than surfing there are many options to keep all amused – night-markets, temples, the National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium (housing beluga whales, penguins and host of aquatic ife), go-karts, diving, snorkeling, and hanging out on a tropical beach. Basically the south of the country is a world away from the frantic pace of Taipei in the north.
Locked between Taiwan’s central mountain range and the Pacific ocean, the island’s rugged and largely unspoiled east coast presents the island’s most beautiful river and coastal scenery. Steep, towering cliffs drop into the sea and rivers cut deep and spectacular chasms into the mountains. A stones throw inland you can find rustic hamlets on rolling hills, tea plantations, hot springs and sweeping valley views down to the rice paddies.
Water Temp: 24 – 28C / 75 – 82F
Climate: 25 – 32C / 77 – 89F
As the south of the island is a peninsular, surf can be found on either side. Plus if it’s onshore on one side, it’s offshore on the other. Surfbreaks are either cobblestone rivermouths, sandy beach breaks as well as the odd rock/reef break. Situated between Japan and the Philippines the surf in Taiwan is far less crowded than the former and more consistent and in a much safer environment than the latter.
The waves on the south coast are many and varied and there are spots suitable for all levels of SUPers – from beginners to pro’s and families.
Summertime brings typhoons, and with it plenty of waves. But even without the bonus of typhoon swell the surf is consistent – just check the vast unobstructed fetch of the Pacific Ocean to Taiwan’s East.
If a typhoon does get too close authorities will call a land and sea warning, restricting boat and water activities. Even when a warning is called our guides know some out-of-the-way spots where you’re still likely to get wet – plus a weather pattern from a typhoon rarely affects the country for more than 48 hours as they tend to move quickly.
On average, there are 19 typhoons per season in the Asia-Pacific region – with perhaps 3 making landfall in Taiwan, usually in the E and NE regions. This is the best season for surf on Taiwan’s south coast – away from the typhoons and open to nice, groomed groundswell.
For flat water there are reefs, sheltered headlands and some great opportunities for snorkeling (gear provided) and fishing from your SUP.
Water Temp: 22 – 28C / 72 – 82F
Climate: 24 – 32C / 75 – 89F
The sparsely populated East Coast of Taiwan offers a host of rivermouths, beachbreaks and pointbreaks. Sitting within a wide swell window the coast receives an abundance of groundswell. In addition this, there is enough fetch from storms in the North Pacific for plenty of good windswell that’s groomed and delivered in clean, stacked lines.
The waves on Taiwan’s East Coast are suitable for all levels of SUPers – from beginners to pro’s and families.
There are miles of coastline to explore by SUP with palm-covered mountains always within view, as well as a couple of small scenic rivers.
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For info –contact Surf Taiwan