Wanlitong 萬里桐, a small village (and a beach) just north of Baisha Bay, is one of the best spots for snorkeling in Kenting National Park. The reef is somewhat well-preserved and still colorful, and you can see quite a lot of sea life on most days.
The easiest access to the reef is at the South-East end of the bay, where Wanlitong Village is. There is a parking lot, a few small restaurants, and places where you can rent snorkeling gear.
There is also a staircase which provides convenient access to the water, and for that reason, the South-East end is the busiest part of the bay where you will most likely meet other snorkelers.
The quiet side of Wanlitong
If you want to have more space for yourself and don’t feel like sharing the water with hordes of tourists, you can move up north and enter the water from a more “secret” place. It is possible to access the Wanlitong coral from the sandy beach north of the village. There is a parking area near Yoho Beach Resort.
Sea Turtle Cafe 烏龜咖啡
Some people come to Wanlitong especially for Sea Turtle Cafe. This place serves REALLY good espresso and lattes! Seating is limited and you’ll most likely have to enjoy your coffee outside in the sun. But that’s ok, because you’ll have a wonderful seaview! Closed on Tuesday.
Address: 18-3 Wanli Road, Hengchun Township
Camping at Wanlitong
It is possible to pitch a tent and camp at Wanlitong for free, right on the beach. It is not officially legal, but if you don’t build a fire, or make a crazy party with a loud speaker and a hundred friends, you should be just fine and locals won’t mind. Keeping it quiet and low-profile is the key to this kind of wild camping anywhere around Taiwan!