There’s no doubt that the group of islands and islets known as Penghu (or the Pescadores) is one of the most scenic destinations in Taiwan. Located just off the west coast of Chiayi County, Penghu has everything from stunning beaches to a rich cultural heritage. Here’s our pick of the best experiences around.
Set on the north side of Qimei Island, the Twin Hearts Stone Weir is, in fact, an ancient fishing trap that has been preserved by locals and is now a major tourist attraction. It was made by stacking stones in shallow water, and it makes for a wonderful holiday snap.
Jibei Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the islands and with good reason. Not only is the beak-shaped stretch incredibly clean and the waters crystal clear, but it’s also a great spot for watersports. Don’t worry though, the action is limited to one side of the beak, while the other is where you can relax in the calm waters.
Tongliang Banyan Tree is an incredible blend of architecture and nature. The legend goes that a ship sank nearby and a seed from its cargo floated ashore where it took root and began to grow. A temple was later built nearby, and over the centuries the temple and tree have become inseparable.
This unusual rock formation looks a little like a whale from a Disney movie if you look at it from the right angle. Formed by constant crashing of the waves against the headland in stormy weather, it’s another nice photo opportunity. Plus, you can take in Xiaomen Geological Museum on the same trip.
Penghu Fireworks Festival runs from April to June with a number of displays and shows taking place throughout this period. Held in various locations, it’s an incredible spectacle and one that you can’t miss if visiting the islands during this time. Check out the local government website for more info.
There are two forts on Xiyu which were both once extremely important military locations. Here you’ll see old cannons and tunnels complete with old artillery shells. Visiting both forts is a great way to spend an afternoon as both are quite close to one another.
Xiyu Western Fort – Xiyu Island, Penghu County, Taiwan
Xiyu Eastern Fort – Xiyu Island, Penghu County, Taiwan
This conservation center takes care of injured sea turtles and releases them back into the wild when they are fit to take care of themselves. It’s a wonderful place and the fact that it’s on Wangan Island give you a great excuse to make the trip away from the main islands.
Wangan Island, Penghu County, Taiwan, +886 6 999 1368#111
Here you’ll find about 50 house set along the coast in Xiyu. They are private residences, but the locals are very proud of their homes and are happy to allow tourists to take photos of their unique dwellings. Decorated with every conceivable material salvaged from the ocean or mined from the local area, this is a quaint neighborhood that you won’t want to leave.