Where & How: joined a ‘tour’ to Sianjiao Island and Jibei Island in the northern part of Penghu, Hostel-mate had to rent a scooter and took almost 40 minutes to get to the North Sea Visitor Information Center 北海遊客中心 (where the port was). Without a scooter I would have had to take a taxi and that could be 600NT.
Why: Water sports!
The day started super early because we had to take a scooter to the northern part of Baisha Town some 40 minutes ride away, to a port. We took a small boat to a small island called Sianjiao Islet. It is very very small … there isn’t even a port and the boat simple ran into the beach.
The purpose of coming onto the small island was to experience “water sports”, which consists of a banana boat, and four other floating items with a person on jetski pulling it along.
We had about 15 people and everyone had a chance to experience each of the floats.
Finally there was snorkeling but we weren’t given a tube to breath and had to held our breath instead…
One side of the beach is a ‘minsu’ and a stage, where they have dance parties from 6PM to the wee hours. Another side is a huge sand dump but had actually attracted birds to built nests there so it has since been restricted.
We were only there for 2 hours because of the rain , so we got on a boat that came at 11AM and went to the other island on our schedule — Jibei islet.
Jibei islet is a little bit bigger and more family friendly, as there are more things to do other than water sports. We rented a scooter with plans to go around the island. However, the first stop was lunch.
The island has a single street near the port where most of the restaurants and sourvenir stores are located. We just went to the one with the most people … a sea food restaurant! Also ordered fried rice to keep us full.
Most of the scooters run on electricity so people without a license can also rent them For the most part, the island is quite flat … I felt like I was in a desert.
The most famous spot on the island is the Jibei Beach 吉貝沙灘, which has a very long shoreline. It also has ‘water sports’ just like Sianjiao Islet, but there were much more people and costs a bit more.
The waters were also quite gorgeous.
We later drove into the residential area. There were lots of older homes and many elderly individuals would sit outside their homes and talk. They also dry fish out on the streets!
We also saw school children playing in the waters. I guess that is one of the perks of living near the seaside .. while city kids play in school grounds during recess, countryside kids get to play in the sea!
Bought a drink .. it’s a play on word. Apparently, it’s a swear word in Taiwanese.
Back at the visitor center on the Main island after a day of fun and sun .. and sunburn.
It was a Monday so there was firework at night! Therefore, we went into the city of Magong, first for dinner and then to the shores again to see the fireworks. I found out something … the fireworks and music are exactly the same as it was on Thursday (and therefore every time)… so seeing it once was enough