Jiqi Beach in Fengbin Township of Hualien County is one of the best surfing spots in Taiwan. This is one of the few sandy beaches on the east coast between Hualien and Taitung. It is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for an exquisite and less crowded beach.
On both sides of the beach are volcanic rock formations, while the middle is sandstone and shale, which helped to form this amazing beach.
Jiqi was originally called Kaluluan by the native Amis people. Originally they used the beach to dry salt, and later settled here during the Qing Dynasty, relying on fishing.
Now the beach is a popular summer destination, especially for surfing.
However, just one month ago the beach closed to the public, and access is only allowed to a restaurant that charges 100 NT per person to enter. The government promises they will give access to the beach soon, but water activities may be banned forever.
24/7 (But officially closed now the the public)
Currently a restaurant charges 100 NT per person just to look at the beach, the government says they will allow beach access again soon
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take highway 11 south from Hualien or north from Taitung, It is more than an hour's journey from either city.
By bus: The beach can be reached by bus 1140 or 1145.
Please see below:
I have been to Jiqi beach twice, but I have never been surfing here. It seems like a nice spot to chill, but I have never took a trip just to stay here for the day.
The first time I went was via scooter from Hualien. It was a super long scooter ride, and it was also raining so we didn't really enjoy the beach much.
The first time I went was on the back of a scooter. It was a long ride from Hualien.
And there were some tunnels along the way. It was also raining a lot of the time.
But someone along the way had it worse than us.
First view of the beach.
There is a small parking area here, and in the distance you can see a camping area and surf shop.
View of the sand, it is kind of a dark color and you can be sure it is hot under the sun.
Full view of the beach.
Dirty ferry dock leading to the beach.
View looking east.
View to the south.
Nice looking waves.
And that concludes our trip.
View of the beach on a stormy day.
Much bigger waves.
The side of the beach.
More photos above.
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