Penghu is famous for its incredible beaches, quaint villages, and fresh seafood, but for many mainlanders that visit the archipelago of ninety islands and islets, it’s the watersports that make this one of the most fun-packed holiday destinations in Taiwan. Penghu is host to a huge range of fun water activities, most of which you can enjoy throughout the islands. From jet skiing to banana boats, surfing to kiteboarding, if it’s fun on the water you’re after, here’s your guide.
The most popular destination especially for first-timers is Shanshui Beach where the local Penghu Surf Club is based. It’s quite developed here, but the beach is long, and it’s possible to find stretches of water where there are very few people.
You can rent boards and take lessons at one of the many surf shops to the rear of the beach, and the surfing itself is said to be quite good. For those that prefer a quieter spot, head for Longmen Beach. There’s practically nothing here (only showers and toilets), but the beach is beautiful and oh so quiet.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding
Penghu has some amazing spots for both windsurfing and kiteboarding, playing host to many events and international competitions over the years.
With the islands enjoying near-perfect weather conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding, most beaches (particularly Longmen) offer decent opportunities to get out on the water.
There are two popular businesses, Sunrise B&B and Liquid Sports Resort, that offer both equipment rental and lessons for beginners. Both are also great places to stay, and here you’ll find the best possible tips and advice on the best spots around the islands.
Banana boats and jet skis
If you’re more interested in motorized sports that involve speed and fun in equal measure, then your best bet is the island of Jibei. This island is often considered the fun place to be, and it’s easy to see why.
The main beach here, known as Jibei Sand Tail (or Beak), is where all the action is, and jet skis and banana boats are the chosen mode of transport. It’s all a bit hectic here, so be prepared for plenty of people and crowds enjoying the beach and surf.
Despite the obvious ideal conditions and such an idyllic setting, Penghu is still a somewhat unspoiled haven of natural beauty. Yet, while there are many beaches where you’ll have the place entirely to yourself, it’s always best to ask the locals about the area, and if there are any hidden dangers you should be on the lookout for. This is why it’s a good idea to contact the businesses mentioned above before venturing out into the water.
Talking to the locals is also the only way you’ll uncover some of the hidden gems located throughout the islands. Longmen Beach, for example, is quite difficult to find unless you know where you’re going or have Google Maps to fall back on. One thing you can be sure of though, is that if you come to Penghu for watersports, then you won’t be disappointed.