Recommendations for water sports activities in Taiwan

From snorkeling expeditions to peaceful kayaking trips, Taiwan is full of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in water sports activities amidst the immense space of the sea.

Let’s explore water sports activities in Taiwan.


Surfing is always a popular activity when in Taiwan, where there are year-round waves, beautiful beaches and relaxed surf areas. Eastern beaches, especially Donghe, Fulong and Jinzun are for experienced surfers who want to look for big waves. For those who want to experience in places with lighter waves, south to Jialeshui, a surf hot spot in Kenting National Park where beginners can rent surfboards and learn to surf.

See dolphins and whales

Home to more than 20 different species of dolphins and whales, Taiwan’s East Coast National Scenic Area is a mammoth wonderland. From May to September, the whale watching cruise departs from the Shiti port of Hualien and the Chenggong port of Taitung to explore an offshore area rich in marine life. You will be amazed to see amazing water animals, such as spotted dolphins and tropical spotted dolphins, and navigator whales.

Discover the sea cliffs

Rushing currents erode large boulders and other natural obstacles. Taiwan’s ravines, waterfalls and rivers create attractions for Taiwanese sea expeditions. You can climb, dive, and travel along famous gorges, such as the Baibao and Shanpodang rivers near Hualien, the Jiajiuliao stream in Taipei City and the Touqian River in Yangmingshan National Park.

Discover the wonders of the seabed

Immerse yourself in a dazzling underwater world on a scuba diving or snorkeling on one of Taiwan’s offshore islands. The clear waters off the coast of Ryukyu Island and Penghu Islands are filled with brilliant tropical fish. The lively coral reefs around Volcanic Green Island and Orchid Island (Lanyu) create a unique landscape of marine life. Taking a scuba diving, snorkelling or boat trip with a local guide is a memorable experience.

Boating around Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest and only natural lake. Named for its two parts, a fiery sun-shaped water in the north and a crescent-shaped moon in the south, the idyllic lake is the center of Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area. Water taxis and boat tours pull over the larger Sun Lake, the smaller Moon Lake is a peaceful haven for kayaking and other water sports.