Hidden Gems on Taiwan’s Penghu Islands

Penghu is the most important of Taiwan‘s offshore islands consisting over 90 smaller islands. Situated off the western coast of Taiwan, Penghu is legendary for its fireworks competition in summer time, historic fishing tradition and a few spectacular pure geology. 

Locals love to go to Penghu 澎湖 for a fast getaway and the favored sights can get fairly crowded. I spent a couple of days exploring the primary islands and located some Penghu hidden gems – spots the place you’ll be able to nonetheless expertise what Penghu is legendary for however away from the crowds.

Penghu’s Prime 10 Sights

In line with the Penghu Tourism Web site, Penghu’s high 10 websites are:

  1. Qimei Twin Coronary heart Stone Weir
  2. Daguoye Basalt Stone Columnar
  3. Fongguei Cave
  4. Kuibishan (Moses Components the Sea)
  5. Jibei Island
  6. Yuwengdao Lighthouse
  7. Erkan Historic Village
  8. Lintou Park
  9. Penghu Nice Bridge
  10. Aimen Seashore

I noticed most of those locations in my 5 days exploring Penghu (I missed out on Jibei Island and Lintou Park) and whereas these are all fairly sights, I assumed I’d suggest some alternate options to those fashionable sights which you can add to your Penghu itinerary.

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Right here’s a video model in case you’re too lazy to learn, however I’ve added in another spots on this article that may’t be discovered within the video so maintain scrolling for extra!


Qimei Twin Coronary heart Stone Weir 七美雙心石滬

Fishing was the primary lifestyle for many of Penghu’s residents for a very long time, and one of many distinctive fishing strategies they developed had been using stone weirs – fish traps within the intertidal space the place fish can simply enter at excessive tide and the bottleneck entrance stops them from escaping at low tide. The weirs are additionally linked to the shore so it’s simple for the fishermen to reap their catch.

Penghu Qimei Twin Heart Stone Weir
The well-known Qimei Shuangxin Shihu or Twin Coronary heart Stone Weir

Of all of the stone weirs left in Penghu immediately, the stone weir on Qimei Island is by far probably the most well-known not only for its romantic twin coronary heart form, but additionally as a result of it’s top-of-the-line preserved stone weirs left in Penghu.

Whereas it’s turn into a logo of Penghu, this stone weir truly takes some effort to see. Situated on Qimei Island, it requires a ship trip of about two hours from the primary Magong port, and one other 10-minute bus/scooter trip from the port space. Additionally, you’ll be able to solely see this iconic stone weir from afar.

Penghu Qimei Twin Heart Stone Weir Crowd
So crowded…

Learn how to get there: there are numerous boat excursions that go to Qimei Island from Magong Ferry Terminal. Sometimes the excursions embody scooter rental for self exploration on the island or you’ll be able to trip the bus that’s offered by the boat tour to see the sights. [Google maps location]


Chixi Tiger Eye Stone Weir 池西虎目石滬

If you wish to see a stone weir up shut, head over to Xiyu Island the place there’s a much less well-known stone weir often called the Chixi Tiger Eye. Inbuilt 1947, that is Chixi’s solely remaining stone weir, and it has the standard single coronary heart form. Not like the Qimei stone weir, you’ll be able to truly stroll out alongside the stone connector at low tide for a more in-depth look.

Penghu Xiyu Chixi Tiger Eye Stone Weir Sign
The low tide exposes the intertidal space so you’ll be able to stroll out in the direction of the weir

As well as, this a part of Chixi could be very quiet and scenic. The rocky intertidal space is nice for nature lovers wanting a more in-depth have a look at intertidal sea critters. I managed to go to at low tide, however it was very windy and the waves had been very sturdy that day so I made a decision to not stroll out on the partitions.

Right here’s what it seems like from the air!

Penghu Xiyu Chixi Tiger Eye Stone Weir Closer
That is as shut as I received on the bottom. If the waves weren’t crashing into the stone partitions, I’d have walked out on it however I wasn’t going to danger getting swept into the water!

Learn how to get there: Chixi is situated on the west coast of Xiyu Island, which is related by land to the primary Penghu Island and about 40 minutes by scooter/driving from Magong Harbour. It’s on the opposite aspect of the bay the place Chixi Rock Waterfall is situated. [Google maps location]


Daguoye Basalt Columnar 大菓葉柱狀玄武岩

Virtually all of the islands in Penghu are product of basalt rock and are the results of volcanic lava exercise. The erupted lava cooled and over time, weathered into uncommon hexagonal column partitions and these pure basalt rock options at the moment are one of many pure sights to see in Penghu.

Xiyu Island has a number of fashionable spots the place you’ll be able to see these basalt columns. To the east, Daguoye 大菓葉 could be very fashionable for its lengthy stretch of wall, the small pond in entrance of it reflecting the rocks and the gorgeous sea view close by.

Penghu Xiyu Daguoye Basalt Wall Crowd
Daguoye was so crowded once I visited! Additionally that pool of water is just not often so murky however it may need been latest climate circumstances

On the west aspect, Chixi Rock Waterfall 池西岩瀑 could be very fashionable with Instagrammers because it’s proper by the ocean and there are some previous rock ponds the place you’ll be able to wade in.

Penghu Xiyu Chixi Rock Waterfall Pano
Chixi Rock Waterfall proper by the ocean is tremendous picturesque however can get crowded too

As a result of these rocks are pretty simple to entry, these spots are typically very crowded so getting an honest image might be difficult.

Learn how to get there: Daguoye and Chixi Rock Waterfall are each situated on Xiyu Island, a 40 minute drive west from Magong Harbour. [Daguoye on Google maps] [Chixi Rock Waterfall on Google Maps]


Sanshibi 三石壁

Sanshibi is a well-hidden spot to see the basalt rock columns up shut. Not like the opposite two spots, this one is located a bit extra inland – there’s a lake which is lined by partitions of those hexagonal columns and jogs my memory of a quarry lake.

Penghu Xiyu Sanshibi Pond
Sanshibi appears like a quarry lake

Slightly additional in is one other clearing with a smaller pond and extra rocks, however there was just one different couple right here once I visited so I had the area principally to myself and plenty of time to admire the rocks up shut.

Penghu Xiyu Sanshibi Columns Closer
Nearer have a look at the basalt rock columns

Learn how to get there: Sanshibi is definitely a really quick distance away from Daguoye, just about simply across the nook. There are not any bodily indicators marking this place however you’ll be able to comply with the route on Google Maps and search for the stone path resulting in it. [Google maps location]


Moses Components the Sea 摩西分海

One of many highlights on Penghu’s Huxi is named Mo Xi Fen Hai 摩西分海 or Moses Components the Sea. There may be an island off the shore known as Chiyu 赤嶼 and at low tide twice a day, a stone path reveals itself for about 1-2 hours and means that you can stroll straight throughout the ocean to the island.

Penghu Huxi Moses Path Crossing
The primary folks strolling throughout the uncovered path to Chiyu

That is one in every of THE issues that folks come to Penghu specifically to see so it will likely be crowded. Examine the tide timetable earlier than you go because the occasions are totally different daily – I recommend going about 30-45 minutes earlier than the low tide so you’ll be able to see the ocean degree drop and the trail reveals itself. The seashore is often blocked, however when the tide is low sufficient, workers will open the gates and let folks go right down to the seashore and stroll throughout the island.

Penghu Huxi Moses Path Near Chiyu
A better have a look at the uncovered path close to Chiyu

Chiyu is a tiny island and also you’re not allowed to stroll round it. You will have about an hour earlier than the workers will gently shoo you again to shore and shut the gates till the subsequent low tide. The tides actually transfer fairly rapidly, and fairly quickly after that there might be no signal of the trail once more, however it’s a reasonably cool factor to see for your self.

Penghu Huxi Moses Path
Higher view of the trail from the primary viewpoint in entrance of Chiyu island

Learn how to get there: Kuibishan is situated within the northeastern nook of Huxi Island, a few 25 minute drive from Magong Harbour [Google maps location]


Kuibishan Path 奎壁山步道

To the left of Moses Components the Sea is a small hill which you can climb – that is Kuibishan 奎壁山. A small path up the hill takes you to a primary viewpoint at some kind of management station the place you’ll be able to see Mo Xi Fen Hai from up excessive. You will get a pleasant full shot of the stone path connecting the seashore to Chiyu from the aspect.

Penghu Huxi Moses Shore Kuibishan
Kuibishan is situated to the left of the Chiyu Viewing Level. That tower factor on high is the place the primary lookout level is situated
Penghu Huxi Kuibishan Moses View
View of Chiyu Island from the primary viewpoint – love the thorny Penghu cactus within the foreground!

When you maintain strolling alongside the path, you’ll discover a second viewpoint that reveals one other island that can also be solely seen at low tide that even fewer folks learn about – that is Fanshawei 番沙尾. You’ll be able to stroll to it from the seashore in case you actually need to at low tide, however it’s fairly distant and slippery so take further care to examine the tide occasions and terrain in case you do

Penghu Huxi Kuibishan Fanshawei
Fanshawei from the 2nd viewpoint

This stroll is just not tough to do and far fewer folks come up her – most simply stick across the seashore space.

Learn how to get there: Kuibishan Path is situated on the hill to the left of Chiyu Island whenever you face it. [Google maps location]


Erkan Historic Village 二崁傳統聚落保存區

Erkan Village 二崁聚落 on Xiyu Island is one in every of Penghu’s greatest preserved villages with homes relationship again greater than a century. The attention-grabbing factor about this village is that it was began by a person named Chen Yanyi who got here from Kinmen, however due to the remoteness of this village, it by no means actually expanded past his prolonged members of the family, so each member of this village has the identical surname ‘Chen’.

Penghu Xiyu Erkan Village Alley Crowd
Cute stone streets however so many individuals all through the day

Timing undoubtedly issues whenever you go to as a result of the slender lanes might be laborious to navigate when the tour buses come alongside! The homes listed here are Southern Chinese language Fujian model – in case you look carefully on the partitions across the homes, you’ll see that as a substitute of brick lots of them utilised coral as a substitute which is a Penghu custom as a result of that’s the solely pure useful resource present in abundance on the islands.

Penghu Xiyu Erkan Village Coral Wall
Have a look at the coral element within the ‘stone’

Apart from testing the traditional structure – the Chen Household Historical Home dates again to 1910, there are a handful of retailers to get some snacks at as properly on this quaint little village.

Learn how to get there: Erkan Historic Village is situated in the course of Xiyu Island, about 40 minutes drive from Magong Harbour. [Google maps location]


Nanliao Village 南寮

Nanliao Village was a little bit of an sudden discover for me. I noticed some vibrant murals as I headed in the direction of Kuibishan within the morning so I made a decision to examine issues out on my means again. It occurred to be near lunchtime so it was the right time for a break.

Penghu Huxi Nanliao Village Shop
Retailers in Nanliao Village

Due to its inland place away from the ocean, Nanliao Village was not fashionable with the fishermen, and sadly its agriculture didn’t accomplish that properly both so it misplaced lots of people over time. Whereas the structure right here general isn’t as previous as Erkan’s, it does have an historic home from the mid 1800s known as the Xujia Outdated Residence, and one other one fully overtaken by a large banyan tree.

Penghu Huxi Nanliao Village Tree House
This home is totally overgrown by the banyan tree

And so they’ve made some attention-grabbing artwork installations from used and deserted fishing buoys across the village for the snap-happy folks so it’s price popping in for a bit.

Penghu Huxi Nanliao Village Buoy Turtles
Outdated buoys used to make the ‘Dry Sea Wall Turtles’

Learn how to get there: Nanliao Village is on Huxi Island, about 20 minutes away from Magong Harbour, alongside the best way to get to Kuibishan and Moses Components the Sea. [Google maps location]


Fongguei Cave 風櫃洞

Fongguei 風櫃 is a reasonably distant nook of the primary Magong Island and apparently on this a part of the island, the lava and basalt rock have eroded into caves and sea trenches alongside the coast, so at excessive tide, not solely do you get some spectacular splashes, the wave crashing sounds are additionally speculated to be fairly loud.

Penghu Magong Fongguei Mushroom Platform Crowds
So many individuals snapping pictures with the mushroom viewing platform

I believe I may need gone there on the flawed time – you want it to be excessive tide for the wave motion and the whole lot was tremendous calm once I was there so no splashing for me.

Penghu Magong Fongguei Shore Sign
Didn’t hear any music that day~
Penghu Magong Fongguei Shore Water
Blue, blue waters however no waves means no spouts or sounds

The opposite promoting level is the mushroom-looking viewing tower which all people is making an attempt to snap an image of. It’s fairly, however actually laborious to {photograph} with no pal. The climate was additionally fairly gloomy once I went, however that is apparently an awesome place for sunsets when it’s clear!

Learn how to get there: Fongguei Cave is about 20 minutes drive away from Magong Harbour on the tip of the island. [Google maps location]


Whale Cave 鯨魚洞

As you cross the Nice Bridge onto Xiyu Island, there’s a turnoff in the direction of the north to an island known as Xiaomen 小門 or Shomon. When you’re in search of a cool geological rock formation by the ocean, I believe the Whale Cave at this geopark seems much more spectacular than what you will discover at Fongguei.

Penghu Xiyu Xiaomen Whale Cave Sign
There’s a pleasant strolling path that goes round this small island

The Whale Cave 鯨魚洞 is just not a cave, however an arch fashioned from the basalt rock and marine erosion. What I favored about this place is that whereas the primary village space main as much as the whale cave is usually a bit crowded as a result of there are some eateries round there (squid vermicelli! yum~), in case you take a stroll previous the Whale Cave, it typically is so much quieter and you may admire the shoreline in peace.

Penghu Xiyu Xiaomen Whale Cave
The spectacular Whale Cave – winds had been reeeeaaallllly sturdy then so that you undoubtedly need to keep on the trail then, however the thundering of the waves was no joke
Penghu Xiyu Xiaomen Squid Vermicelli
Cease within the little eateries close to the doorway for a typical Penghu meal of squid + vermicelli

Learn how to get there: Xiaomen is about 35 minutes drive away from Magong Harbour within the northern finish of Xiyu Island. Many of the island is definitely restricted to site visitors, so whereas it seems like you’ll be able to drive proper as much as the Whale Cave on Google, you truly have to park round Xiaomen Seashore and perform a little strolling [Google maps location]

Have you ever been to the Penghu Islands? Inform me about any hidden gem spots that you simply discovered! I hope to return some day and discover Penghu’s different islands that I missed on this journey. Within the meantime, try a few of Taiwan’s offshore islands right here:

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