Although a small island located between Japan and the Philippines, with a population of 24 million, Taiwan has remained one of the least crowded wave rich destinations on the planet. Waves can be found on the East Coast, South East and South West Coasts where there’s everything from river-mouths, boulder-lined beaches, sandy beaches, the odd reef and reeling points. The waves around Jinzun Harbour are the focal point for surf competitions – but there are many more (arguably better) waves on offer. The user friendly nature of the waves, the incredible mix of Chinese and Japanese culture and the amazing food, hot springs, markets, diving and cycling add further spice to a unique surfing destination that is a real undiscovered gem.

What we love

Waves suitable for all levels of surfers.

Friendly locals and an emerging surf culture.

Lots to do besides surfing; great food, markets, hot springs, diving, etc.

Warm water and great weather with a climate similar to that of Hawaii.

Where to surf
To get the best waves you need to be mobile – and local knowledge certainly helps! Depending on the time of year, the better waves are on the East, South East or South West Coast. The southern half of the country sees more consistent swells than the north.
There are waves in Taiwan suitable for all levels of surfers – from beginners to pros and families.
When to go

APRIL/JULY – OCTOBER = SOUTH COASTWater Temp: 24 – 28℃ / 75 – 82℉ Climate: 25 – 32℃ / 77 – 89℉The SW Pacific Ocean [southeast of Taiwan] is the most active place on Earth for tropical cyclones to exist. Activity reaches a minimum in February, before increasing steadily through June, and spiking from July through October, with September & October being the most active month for tropical cyclones. This coastline and peninsula can best handle swell angles from the E, SE and SW.NOVEMBER – MARCH = EAST COAST.Water Temp: 22 – 25℃ / 72 – 77℉ Climate: 24 – 27℃ / 75 – 79℉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. NE swell angle is ideal for this coast.

Attractions

The missions between surf breaks take you through pretty towns and breathtaking mountainous scenery. Snorkelling, diving, go-karts, waterfalls, waterholes, bike routes and hot springs are all great post-surf options. Your surf guides will also take you to the best night markets and day markets too - an absolute must-do while in Taiwan. At most local traditional restaurants (let your guide take you to the best ones based on your choice) you can score a delicious three-course meal and drinks for less than $20.

The Country

Taiwan is the most mountainous country in Asia, aside from Tibet, and has 256 peaks over 3000m. Add to this tropical lowland forests (monkey-filled), fertile plains where mango, pineapples, bananas and rice are grown (plus tea plantations on some mountains) and rich fishing waters surrounding the island, you’re certainly not going to go hungry in picturesque Taiwan!
With periods of Dutch and Spanish settlement as well as Chinese and Japanese rule, and its indigenous tribes, its history and culture is both complicated and fascinating.
Taiwan is a first world country and it’s primary exports these days are high-end tech – namely computer chips and medical equipment. Taiwan also has one of the best medical systems in the world.

Getting There

Flying into Kaohsiung airport (KHH), via a quick connection is your best bet. This airport is much closer to the surf, for both the south and east coasts, than flying into Taipei in the far north of the country.

Travel Information

Time Zone

UTC+08:00

Currency

New Taiwan dollar (NT$)

Calling code

+886

Electric

110V,  Plug type: A,B