Our third day in Penghu dawned nice and early. After a quick breakfast, we collected everyone and headed to the pier to take a high-speed boat to Ji Bei Island, home to blessedly beautiful sand and coral beaches.
My first glimpse of the island was from the sea. A long golden beach stretched out along the horizon, studded with a few colorful beach umbrellas. There weren’t any buildings of any kind visible. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was like finding a tropical oasis in the middle of the ocean. I felt a rush of excitement as we pulled up to the dock. Give me a beach anyday! Screw the deep-sea squid fishing!
Jibei Island, also known as Baisha Island, is most famous for its beaches and windsurfing. The topography is remarkably desert-like, with low-lying bushes. This magnificent stretch of beach runs for a few kilometers, catering to beach lovers of every sort. I would love to see an aerial view of the island.
The best way to explore Jibei is by scooter. We wound along the narrow cement paths through the low-lying brush in the heat of a summer morning, before finding a small respite from the shade under an open-air wooden picnic area. A few short meters away lay a perfectly placid and unspoiled coral beach. We spent the hottest hours of the day in the shade, enjoying the cool breeze blowing off the water. Then we headed into a small village for a fresh seafood lunch before hitting the beach for a few hours.
All in all, this trip was a good first experience for Penghu and it certainly had the desired effect of leaving me wanting more. John and I are considering a return trip over the October holidays. Seems to me that it might be the perfect place to enjoy the sun and relax before our big day!