The Most Beautiful Beaches on Penghu's Islands

Longmen Beach
Longmen Beach | © Wei-Te Wong / Flickr
Ciaran McEneaney

As far as island holiday destinations go, Penghu has it all. Pristine beaches, calm blue waters, and the friendliest folk you could ever meet. With such incredible coastlines along each of the county’s 90 islands, picking one beach to visit is no easy task. Of course, it doesn’t really matter which beach you choose here as you’re more or less guaranteed a good time (weather permitting), but just in case you were wondering, here are some of the most beautiful beaches in Penghu.

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Shanshui

This is one of the most popular beaches for swimming, and you’ll regularly find crowds here, although it never gets so busy that you can’t find a peaceful spot to sit. This beach is also a great place to learn how to surf; you’ll find plenty of surf schools offering lessons. The place is usually at its busiest in the late afternoon as the sun is about to set.

This is a great spot for a quieter beach experience as it’s further away from the hotels of Magong than Shanshui. You’ll find some locals here and very few tourists. Its extremely calm waters make it a very safe place to swim and the ideal beach for kids to play on. There are no bars or restaurants here, so you’ll have to pack your own lunch, but that just makes it all the more fun!

Aimen

This 3 km (1.86 mile) long beach at one time looked as though it had been completely destroyed. However, conservation efforts to reclaim the land from the ocean have been successful, and we now have a beach where visitors can enjoy both extremes of beach life. At one end, you’ll find a lot of water sports, while at the other end, it’s totally secluded. It’s a wonderful beach that everyone can enjoy.

Longmen

Longmen beach isn’t that easy to find, but that makes it all the more appealing as a good spot for a quiet day on the sand. This place is so secluded that you’ll almost certainly be the only one on the sand. The sand is pure white and the swimming conditions are perfect. There’s even a toilet and shower facility available.

Neian

With lush green hills at your back and deep blue ocean ahead, Neian is the perfect beach for almost every beach bum. It stays calm in all kinds of weather, so this is another good choice for those with children. There are a few shelters where you can get out of the sun, but that’s pretty much it. Just you, the sun, sea, and sand. Pack your lunch and camera.

Jibei Sand Peninsula

Jibei is a very popular spot for tourists as it’s only a forty-minute boat ride away. Here there’s a sand split that runs into the ocean for over a kilometer and a half (.9 miles). On one side you have tons of water sports to keep you busy, while the other side is a little quieter.

Wangankou

Recommended by locals as one of the best beaches on the islands, Wangankou is as idyllic as it gets. Located on the small island of Wangan, you’ll have to take a boat from Magong to get here. It is completely worth it. There’s even a guesthouse right next to the beach, so you don’t need to trek back and forth to your hotel.

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