Taiwan Surf Guide
What we love
Uncrowded waves suitable for all levels of surfers.
Main surf location of Jinzun Harbour hosts international surf events.
Warm water and great weather with a climate similar to that of Hawaii.
Where to surf
Best Surf Breaks
Long, boulder-lined point break that lines up great walling lefts on big NE swells and NW winds.
A swell-magnet that picks up all available seasonal swell which the shifting, river sculpted sandbars turn into long walls and the odd barrel section.
One of Taiwan’s most reliable waves, with a range of lefts and rights on the beach for the surfers of all abilities, usually best nearest the rivermouth.
When to go
The East Coast, which has the majority of Taiwan’s most consistent waves, best season is from November to March. Located on the same latitude as Hawaii it receives the same swells from the Northern Pacific’s winter storms. Consistent offshore winds then groom these long period swells. The smaller South Coast however also receives south swells with the best waves turning on from June to October, though this time does come with a risk of Typhoon disruption.
The missions between surf breaks take you through pretty towns and breathtaking mountainous scenery. Snorkelling, go-karts, waterfalls, waterholes, hot springs are all great flat day fun. Night markets are an absolute must-do while in Taiwan, while most at most local traditional restaurants you can score a delicious three-course meal for less than $20.
Since the Chinese Nationalist government were defeated by the communists in the Civil War in 1949 and fled to Taiwan, the island has had constant confusion over its relationship with China. However with periods of Dutch and Spanish settlement as well as Chinese and Japanese rule, its history and culture is both complicated and fascinating. Today the modern Taiwan is the at the forefront of modern technology and manufacturing, exporting electrical equipment, machinery, computers, plastics, medical apparatus, mineral fuels and vehicles all the round world. Yet the country remains steeped in its ancient traditions managing to mix to the new and the old, the fresh and the old.
Fly to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, located near the city of Taoyuan, about 50 km southwest of the capital Taipei. For flights from Australia however a stopover at either Hong Kong or Bangkok is often required.
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