While Kenting does have taxis and buses, the best way by far to see the southern tip of Taiwan is by electric scooter. From beaches, to cliffs, to National Parks, there’s plenty to see with the help of two wheels in Kenting. An electric scooter can be rented without a license in Kenting (although ID is required) and costs about 700 NTD per day.
1. Eluanbi Park
Eluanbi Park is the Southernmost tip of Taiwan. This vast park has a light house, lookout points, narrow chasms, small caves, and forest to explore. You can easily spend several hours here, and if the weather is nice, it’s worth bringing a picnic.
2. Kenting National Park
Kenting National Park is a sight that is really only accessible by scooter or taxi. If you take the bus, then you’ll have to walk uphill for at least an hour to reach the park entrance. While the park is massive, I found that the park’s three most interesting sights were all in the same area, so follow the crowd to see the impressive fairy cave, silver dragon cave, and the park’s observatory which has some of the best views in all of Kenting.
3. Chuanfan (Sail Rock and Beach)
You can’t get too close to the rock, but a picture in this iconic Kenting scene is a must. Although it’s busy, you can go swimming and I found the water to be clean and nice.
4. The Swimming Beaches
Aside from Sail Rock Beach, you can also scooter to Nanwan beach, which is along a strip with a lot of hotels. By late afternoon, this beach is extremely busy with jet skis and tractors, which means it’s not very relaxing, but earlier in the day and later in the evening its good for a stroll or a swim.
Baisha Bay is also an option, and of all the beaches we visited, it was my favorite. While it was pretty busy when we visited during Chinese New Year, the beach was still large enough that we were still able to find a quiet stretches of sand and I really enjoyed swimming here.
There’s also Jialeshui Beach, which we tried to bike to one afternoon, but it’s quite far up the East Coast, so we actually ran out of time and never made it to his beach, although I’ve heard good things about it.
5. Non-Swimming Beaches
You can also check out Kenting Beach, which is next to the main shopping/eating area in Kenting. You can’t go swimming here, but it’s a perfect place to watch the sunset. It’s also near this beach where the night market is, so you can easily go for a bite after watching the sunset.
Another non-swimming beach is Shadao, which is a protected sea turtle area, so you can’t actually walk on this beach, but because it’s protected, it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at. And there’s a fun little geology center nearby, where you can learn about the different types of beaches, sands, and rocks in Taiwan.
This stop is on the western side of Kenting, close to Baisha Bay. It’s another lookout, but you unfortunately have to pay for the view. After seeing Longpan and Fongchueisha (both of which were stunning and free) I wasn’t willing to shell out cash for the pleasure of being among the hordes of selfie-takers, so instead I explored the eating area, which had some surprisingly good fried seafood for very cheap.
This is a lookout point on the Southern East Coast, not far from Eluanbi, and the views are just breathtaking.
Fongchueisha is another lookout point a bit further up the coast than Longpan. The reddish colored earth against the backdrop of blue sky and ocean are truly spectacular and well-worth the ride.
9. Hengchun City
Hengchun has some historic architecture, pretty lanes, and lots of cheap traditional Taiwanese places to eat. It’s a great place to explore in the evening and to grab a bite to eat.
10. Kenting Night Market
Another good place to grab a bite to eat is at the Kenting Night Market. I highly recommend eating here at least one night in Kenting as the wide variety of “little eats” is impressive, although be careful to park your scooter on the side of the night market which is closest to your hotel, as it’s tough to drive through after the market has started up. (Trust me.)
Where else to explore?
One of the best things about having your own set of wheels is getting off the beaten path. After we saw Baisha Bay, we continued up the West coast and explored the little fishing villages of Kenting. We even saw a glass bottom boat in one of the villages North of Baisha (although we didn’t have money to try it). So after you’ve seen the main sights don’t be afraid to give yourself time to see the quieter, more authentic, side of Kenting.
Is there anything we missed? What are some other good places to see in Kenting? Let me know in the comments.