Jialeshui, in Kenting National Park, is Taiwan’s second most popular surfing destinations (the #1 spot goes to Donghe, in Taitung County). If you’re not into surfing, you can still enjoy the laidback vibe, awesome nature, sea breeze, and maybe even go for a kayak outing on the peaceful Gangkou River.
And if you’re not into any of these outdoor activities, fear not – Jialeshui has a couple of nice small cafes where you can enjoy your latte in the shade, take selfies, and binge on social media while taking in the scenery.
Jialeshui is in Kenting National Park, BUT it doesn’t have nearly as many tourists as Kenting town where thousands of people can be (on weekends) found roaming the main street at night for snacks, shopping, and night market games. Jialeshui is much quieter, more laid-back than what you’ll find in “downtown” Kenting village. Nature lovers, people who love gazing at the stars in complete quietness will love Jialeshui!
If you’re wanting to be staying in the action, near bars, food stalls, and shops, Jialeshui ain’t what you’re looking for. If you want to wake up early to check out the waves, surf, sip a cup of coffee surrounded by tanned people walking around shirtless, maybe see a monkey or a snake cross the road, this might be for you.
Other seriously cool spots near Jialeshui are:
Manzhou – the wild side, remote part of Kenting National Park
Fengchuisha – popular windswept viewpoint where you can take pictures of an amazingly stunning coastline, walk around sand dunes, and ride your bike on one of Taiwan’s nicest roads
Xuhai – hotspring, hiking, camping, more wild stuff…
Hengchun – the big town where you can buy supply, find cheap hostels, and local restaurants with big flavors
Sail Rock – swimming, jumping off a cliff, lots of guesthouses, nice views