(Houbihu Photographer:大雄 汪 Source:Flickr)
︱Houbihu Fishing Harbor and Yachting Marina︱
Houbihu is the largest fishing port on the Hengchun Peninsula. Every day, at dusk, the fishing boats come into harbor and unload their catches of fresh fish; there is a lively fish market, popular both with local residents and tourists. The Kenting National Park Administration has established a marina here, using the same harbor entrance as the fishing port; visitors have the opportunity to go out on yachts, speedboats and glass-bottomed boats to enjoy the exhilarating freedom of the ocean.
(Houbihu Photographer: 發現旅行中的 小確幸 Source:Flickr)
Nanwan is a small fishing village. Originally called Tabanchiang, it was also known as “Blue Bay” because of its azure waters. Today, the Nanwan Recreation Area lies adjacent to the coastal highway. Covering an area of 4.5 hectares, the Recreation Area boasts a 600 m beach of soft, clean sand, and beautifully curving seashore; it is a marvelous spot for swimming, rowing a boat, sailing, or just relaxing on the beach. Nanwan Recreation Area is Kenting’s most popular center for water-sports.
︱Kenting's Main Street︱
Kenting's Main Street is without a shadow of a doubt the most lively place in Kenting. There is an impressive range of restaurants and shops, along with theme bars and pubs, making for exciting nightlife. Local specialities are on sale in many of the stores here; who knows what you might find?
Situated immediately in front of the Caesar Park Hotel – Kenting, Frog Rock is 61 m high. Viewed from the observation platform at Kenting Forest Recreation Area, it looks like a giant frog about to leap into the sea, hence the name. Frog Rock and the area around it were formed from Kenting Shale; visitors can view cliffs that have been undercut by the sea, coral reefs, and fossilized seashells. The area is a popular nesting sight for birds such as the Formosan Bulbul (a species that is only found in Taiwan); the sound of birdsong can be heard everywhere.
Hsiaowan Beach lies immediately in front of the Caesar Park Hotel – Kenting, facing the Luzon Strait, with Mt. Dachien behind it, and flanked by Frog Rock. There is a distinctly exotic ambience to Hsiaowan Beach; the clear blue sea laps gently on the sandy beach, while the trees that line the beach provide welcome shade. At night, countless stars can be viewed in the skies above, creating a highly romantic atmosphere. In 2003, the Caesar Park Hotel – Kenting secured exclusive rights to manage Hsiaowan Beach; the introduction of the first-class management that one would expect from a five-star hotel, along with the provision of a wide range of water-sports activities, have made the Beach an even more exciting destination!
Sail Rock is a huge rock standing alone in the ocean. Viewed from a distance, it looks like the sail of a sailing ship, hence the name; viewed up close, there is a distinct resemblance to the profile of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, as a result of which the rock is also known as “Nixon’s Head.” 18 m in height, the rock is the result of a large piece of rock breaking off from the coastal cliffs; the rock has remained standing in the water because it is harder than the neighboring coral reef rock.
︱Shadao Visitors Center︱
Shadao is a small cove. Over the years, seashells, rhizaria and coral have been ground down to create the fine white sand for which Shadao’s beach is famous. As seashell sand can be used to make necklaces and decorative walls, some years ago the sand was being extracted at a rapid rate; however, Shadao is now a protected area in which the removal of sand is prohibited. The Kenting National Park Authority, which administers the Shadao Ecological Protection Area, has established a Shadao Visitors Center where tourists can learn about the natural wonder that is seashell sand.