Intermediate - Advanced
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Surf uncrowded waves when you want with Taiwan Surf Tours. They have private rooms and group dorms to accommodate anyone. These trips are geared towards intermediate to advanced surfers. Visit temples, markets and national forests when not in the surf.
Often overlooked as a prime surfing location, Taiwan is blessed with fantastic swell and a climate to rival that of Hawaii. As you might imagine from an Island situated in between Japan to the north, The Philippines to the south and China to the west, Taiwan has an incredible blend of old culture and new technology. Surf crowds here are very small and you will spend the majority of your time in the water on your own or with the group you came with.
- Yilan & Hualian in the north east are open to a wide swell angle from the Pacific and works with the smallest swell.
- Paishawan: Close to public transport. Consistent in the winter with north swells. Often offshore.
- Cheng Gong: South of three ferry platform. Reef/ Point that breaks to the left.
Where to Stay
Taiwan Surf Tours can take care of you from the time you land at the airport until you’re taking off again. Getting you around the island to ALL the working spots. These guys have been surfing this island for years and exploration is what they do. You’ll be taken around to the attractions when you’re not surfing. You’ll have the local knowledge to find all the best restaurants, bars and street food. Taiwan Surf Tours will put you in accommodation on the beach in front of the waves.
Sitting directly in the path of typhoons that pass through this region mean that Taiwan gets its largest swell 2.5 - 4m from July – October. It can take just 24 hours for a category 1-3 storm to appear on the weather charts whereas Category 4-5 usual has a 1-2 day brewing period. Any storm activity in the western Pacific will provide swell for the east coast of Taiwan.
In the summer (June – Aug) you can expect knee to waist high waves brought in by south westerly monsoon winds with no typhoon activity. Winter brings the most consistent swell from south-westerly monsoon winds. Think chest to head height everyday with the possibility of 2.5 - 3m at the peak.
- Water Temp: 24 – 28C / 75 – 82F
- Climate: 25 – 32C / 77 – 89F
- Best Time of Year: May through to October
- Water Temp: 22 – 25C / 72 – 77F
- Climate: 24 – 27C / 75 – 79F
- Best Time of Year: November through to April
South Coast Waves
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.
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 a whale shark, beluga whales, penguins and host of aquatic life), 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.
East Coast Waves
The sparsely populated East Coast of Taiwan offers a host of rivermouths, beachbreaks and pointbreaks. Storms forming near Japan move through the North Pacific and deliver swell to Hawaii in their peak winter season. Taiwan’s East Coast, sitting within this wide swell window 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 surfers – from beginners to pro’s and families.
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.