This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Penghu.
The small island of Penghu, Taiwan, is only a short plane or boat ride away from Taiwan, but it feels like a different country. The island is a popular getaway destination for Taiwanese locals, due to the ease of travel and plethora of sights to see. Even though the island is a part of Taiwan, it whispers of a time gone by; a time before night markets and highways, a time when fishing was a way of life. Penghu is definitely worth a visit, especially for nature enthusiasts, island hoppers, and seafood lovers.
Penghu is most easily accessed through the port city Magong (Makung). There are plenty of places to stay in Magong, including some Penghu, Taiwan hostels. There are a few sights to see in Magong, but most tourists stay here to catch an early ferry to one of Penghu's dozens of southern islands. The famous Qimei Island can be accessed from the Magong port, but be sure to arrive early and prepare for a long day.
For visitors who prefer to explore the rest of the beautiful main islands, rent a scooter and stay outside of Magong. The countryside has a fresher, wilder, more natural feel and much more to see and explore. Check out the Xiyu township on the far west side of the main island and visit the beautifully secluded Neian Beach, the Erkan traditional coral houses, or the famous Whale Cave. There are also many outlying islands accessible from the Northern port, such as Jibei, which is known for water sports, a long beach, and fishing weirs (a kind of ancient fish trap). Fresh, delicious seafood can be found at any of the fishing villages around the island.
Penghu is full of natural wonders like columnar basalt cliffs. There are columnar basalt cliffs all over the island that are easily found with a bit of exploring, so there's no need to get caught up in the tourist crowds of the main viewing destinations. There are also many beautiful beaches in Penghu, and many of them are relatively secluded. Try visiting Lintou Park, Longmen Beach, Neian Beach, and Shanshui Beach. The waters are bright blue and great for swimming.
Although Penghu lacks the traditional culture of other islands like Matzu or Lanyu, there is a natural, raw beauty about Penghu that is certainly worth seeing for yourself. Spend a weekend away from the busy world and enjoy the freedom of life in Penghu.
Written by local enthusiast for Penghu hostelstati