The closest "designated" swimming beach to Hualien is Chichi Beach. There are closer beaches where swimming is possible, but there are no facitilities or lifeguards at these locations.
Chichi Beach is a black sand beach with some rocks, although swimming here is no problem. It is also possible to fish from the rock outcroppings here, although I'd only recommend this for the brave...
Facilities at Chichi are good, and include bathrooms, change rooms, showers, and a restaurant. Camping and barbequing are also possible here. It is best to grab one of the covered camp sites for shade if you plan to stay for a while... (if available)
For a real fun time, head here during one of Taiwan's many typhoons, and try some body surfing. I have tried this before, and still have the sand/rock imprints on my forehead to prove it...
Located 45 minutes south of Hualien on Coastal Route 11...
Mugua River Valley
Beautiful River Valley that is very close to Hualien. This area was restricted until recently, but now it is easy to get a pass to enter.
Pass through the police check point just past Tongmen. This road continues along the river side to Long-jian, and then on towards Chilai mountain. The road get more narrow, curvy and scary, the further you head west. But, the mountain scenery up here is pristine and spectacular...
Directions: Head toward Liyu Lake from Hualien, after the long bridge make a right,and head west towards Tongmen.
Note: You must register and pay a small entrance fee at the police station to enter this area.
- Hiking and Walking
There are several parks along the seashore of Hualien. You can ride the bicyle from the most south one, Nanbin park to the most north one, Chi Sing Tan to enjoy the sea view of Hualien.
- Family Travel
Feed the Fish
Bored ??? How about feeding the fish at Hualien's Teachers college... Why ??? Because, they are there...
- Adventure Travel
There is a new park next to Hualien Lighthouse. Very scenic on a clear day with the mountains in the background. The coastal bike trail also connects through this area....