Surfing in Taiwan
Taiwan is an island located on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean about 160 km off the east China coast between Japan and the Philippines.
The region is geographically extreme consisting of steep mountains, rugged coastlines, subtropical rain forrest and flat wetland. The island has a unique mixture of century-old-traditions and Asian influences as well as diverse flora and fauna. It is home to more than 4,000 plant species and almost 460 different butterfly and bird species.
You can find good surfing conditions all year long al well as other outdoors activities like diving, hiking, climbing, mountain biking and paragliding.
The north of Taiwan is sub-tropical and the south is tropical with an average annual temperature of 22 degrees and 24 degrees respectively.
The climate is characterised as hot and humid in the summer with occasional snow during winter in the higher rocky regions. The North West Monsoon occurs in the north of the island from November until February, but is typically not that strong. Further south, the hot and rain-heavy South East Monsoon hits the island from April until September.
The heating of the sea causes typhoons from June through October. The ideal time to travel in Taiwan is in the spring or fall.
Taiwan’s waves are surf-able all year long. The island does not have world-class waves like other popular destinations, but a good north swell or typhoon can bring a few high quality reef breaks. Taiwan offers something for everyone whether you are a beginner or a professional. The water temperature in the south is warm while the colder water in the north requires a wetsuit especially during winter.
Best season for beginner: All year
Best season for advanced surfer: All year
Crowd factor: higher in the summer month
All major airports in Europe, Asia and North America have both direct and stopover flights to Taiwan’s two major airports: Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taipei and Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH) in Kaohsiung City. There are two additional airports in Taichung and Hualien for flights within Asia.
Currently there are nine local airlines that operate daily between the big Taiwanese cities and to further areas like the Green Island, the Orchid Island and the Penghu Archipelago. Taiwan has a well-developed bus and railway network.
If you’re traveling with a surfboard, either make sure that it is allowed on public transport or use another transportation method like a taxi or rental car.