Located within Kenting National Park, Eluanbi Lighthouse is one of the most recognized attractions in the park. Built in 1983, the name of “Eluan” is derived from the Paiwan aboriginal tribe meaning “yacht”. Eluanbi Lighthouse is also the landmark of Eluanbi peninsula, the southernmost point of Taiwan with coast covered with coral reefs. The lighthouse is cylindrical shaped colored in white, with a height of 18 meters and circumference of 110 meters. It is also renowned as “the Light of East Asia” for its strong optical power of light that can reach 20 miles at most.
Located in Kenting National Park, Nanwan (South Bay) is one of the beaches of Kenting coast. It used to be a whaling area during the Japanese occupation, and is now a fishing village that has a soft white sand beach stretches 600 meters long. South Bay is the longest bay with a plain slop along the coast making it a perfect place for water activities. Domestic and foreign travelers visit Nanwan for beach and water activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and many others
Guanshan (Mountain Viewpoint) (觀山) is a beautiful but oft-missed viewpoint in Kenting National Park. Situated about 300 meters above the Strait of Taiwan below, the viewpoint is most well known for its sunset views; however, coming at any other time is just as spectacular. Guanshan is one of the higher points on Kenting's western shore. There is no single spot with a 360-degree view, but on the short trail, there are two 180-degree views that make up a panoramic view. From the parking lot, the short Guanshan trail leads 300 meters or so to the first viewpoint, with a northwesterly view of the strait, small fishing villages, and the lush greenery of the tropical forest. A few tens of meters farther is another viewpoint with a similar view. The trail then takes a short wind through the forest and reemerges by a temple, where you can get a 180-degree view of the higher inland peaks and Longluan Lake, as well as the flat plain near Hengchun. This is one area of Kenting not to be missed.
Longluan Lake Nature Center (Longluan Tan Zhiran Jhongxing) (龍鑾潭自然中心) is a small nature center along the south shore of Longluan Lake that isn't of too much interest. The nature center can only be reached a 1-km (one-way), 10 minute walk through various habitats. At the nature center, there are telescopes for viewing various ornithological species, as well as books to help you identify them. The best view of Longluan Lake (that I know of) is from here.
Maobitou (猫鼻頭) (Cat's Nose) is the second most southerly point on the island of Taiwan. It sits across a wide bay from Eluanbi, but in many respects, Maobitou is much more beautiful. The area around Maobitou has a rugged, rocky feel to it. This is exemplefied by the ground you walk on: it was formerly a coral reef but is now rock, and it's extremely difficult to walk on. Rocks protrude at random angles into the sea, with the most noticeable rock being shaped somewhat like a cat (hence the name). The rocks are covered with grass and moss, with a beautiful contrast of rock and greenery. This is what I feel (but I don't know, since I haven't been there) what Ireland might be like (kind of.)
The good thing about Maobitou is that entrance is absolutely free. There is no ticket booth or parking fee, and there's even a good visitor center here. Do know that the area is closed during typhoons.
Kenting National Park has a very good and informative visitor center. The visitor center has numerous exhibits (most in Chinese) about Kenting’s fish, rain forest, and coral reef. Helpful park employees can give you tips on what to see and do; there are also some more in depth exhibits concerning geology, etc. There is a deck on the visitor center leading to a view of the ocean.
Longluan Lake (Longluan Tan) (龍鑾潭) is the largest lake in Kenting National Park and the Hengchun Peninsula. There originally was a natural Longluan Lake, but it was dammed and made into a resevoir for irrigating farms in the area. Apparently, the lake counts as one of the major attractions of the National Park, but I didn't find too much interesting to do here. The lake is backed to the north by a row of green, tropical mountains; you're likely to see various species of birds here.
Frog Rock (Qinwa Shi) (清蛙石) is rather self-explanatory: a large rock that’s shaped like a frog. Near Frog Rock is an idyllical little beach that makes the scene look almost… like some South Pacific island. The somewhat vegetated rock actually looks (in my opinion) more like a beetle, but I digress…
Sail Rock (Chuanfan Shi) (船帆石) is a large, sail-shaped rock east of the town of Kenting. It is named because of its resemblance to the sail on a ship. To most people (well, at least me), it looks like a big rock. It is also sometimes called “Nixon Head” since it looks like the head of President Nixon (you’ll need some imagination.) The rock protrudes from the remnants of an ancient coral reef, a typical scene in Kenting National Park.
I think Kenting has some great Diving to be offered but for some reason it has been kept a secret. Scuba Diving has been steadily growing with some of the nicest soft coral sites in the asia area. Best time to Dive is in the winter. The water temp is around 20 to 22C getting warmer as the summer approaches call John at 0913388065 he knows all about it.
We actually wanted to go scuba diving or snorkelling at first... but as luck would have it, we arrived right on the eve of a hurricane, and that stirred up the seabeds reducing the visibilty (or so the operators say). They in turn recommended for us to go wake boarding instead.
It turned out to be a fantastic idea since the waves were pretty great! For a first timer like me at least. Guess the hurricane sort of turned out the be a blessing in disguise.. =) And we got to the beach just a few hours before they cordoned it off due to the hurricane.
Anyway i would recommend wakeboarding in kenting, although i have no ideas how good the waves are normally. The tour operators there should be able to give you a good idea. They aslo provide wetsuits and the wakeboard as part of the package.
No photos since we didn't bring our cam along. =(
The best soft coral formations in Southern Taiwan can be found at Houbihu.
Why ?? I dunno, tho' there is a nuclear plant right near here that dumps its cooling water into the ocean. I guess the soft coral likes the slightly warmer water that is being discharged.
See, Greens should take note, is the occasional upside to nuclear power...
Nature Reserve. Area of outstanding natural beauty. Our Guide was just telling us that there are rare Coconut Crabs in this area, when my son found one ! After months of being there, this was the first time she had seen a real Coconut Crab
Great place for a shore dive. Visibility is good, and much sea life to be seen at relatively shallow depths.. (less than 50 feet mostly)
During the one dive we did here, saw big squid, eels, clown fish, lion fish, and lots of soft coral....
The East Coast of Kenting park is marked by rugged cliffs buffeted by strongs winds that blow across from the open paciifc. Here sand dunes are constantly being reshaped.