Travel Taiwan: Shalun Beach in Danshui, Taipei

Beaches are plentiful in Taiwan, especially in Southern Taiwan, but Northern Taiwan also has its fair share of beaches. My personal favorite is Baishasan because it’s clean and family-friendly. Being located a fair distance from Taipei in Sanzhi, Baishawan isn’t the easiest beach to get to though. You can take the local bus to Baishanwan, but it’s a long ride there and an even longer ride home if you hit evening traffic in Danshui.

For that reason, we tend to head to Shalun Beach in Danshui if we’ve got a few hours to spare. Shalun Beach is hidden down a series of back lanes near to Danshui Fisherman’s Wharf in Taipei, and it has been a well kept secret for many years. The beach was developed into a popular summer hangout for locals and visitors during the Japanese Colonial era from 1895-1945. It is sometimes referred to as Saron Sea-Bathing Resort.Map of Shalun Beach, Taipei

Please be aware that Shalun Beach can be a dangerous place to swim at when the south wind blows. There are strong undercurrents in the area that can easily trap and carry swimmers far from shore. The beach was closed 13 years ago because of strong undercurrents in the ebb tide and the poor quality of seawater. While the water at Shalun isn’t as clean as other beaches in Taiwan, this doesn’t seem to deter people from swimming at Shalun.

The beach is also a popular place for surfing and skim boarding  and you can’t beat Shalun’s wide sandy beach. It’s never overly crowded, and there’s always lots of room to stretch out on the sand without getting in someone else’s space. It’s also a great place to catch the sunset and to wander around picking up seashells.

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There’s also a local horseback riding club right behind the beach. The Beach Country Riding Club offers individual lessons and group lessons.

Getting there:

By MRT: Get off at the Danshui stop on the red line. You can catch the bus or take a taxi from there.

By car: Take the Coastal Highway (Provincial Highway 2) past Tamsui until you reach the 22km marker. Turn right into the parking lot.
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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

6 thoughts on “Travel Taiwan: Shalun Beach in Danshui, Taipei

    Frugal Monkey

    (May 9, 2013 - 6:27 am)

    What a great spot! We loved this post, and have included it in our recent Web Wrap: http://www.frugalmonkey.com/travel-news/web-wrap-9-may-2013.html.

      Carrie

      (May 13, 2013 - 3:35 pm)

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks very much. There is a typo in your update, though. You’ve got Shalun Beach listed in Thailand, not Taiwan. Hope you can make it here soon one day.

    armida trentino

    (June 5, 2013 - 1:54 pm)

    Oh Carrie, It seems that your trip was absolutely good…After reading your article i remembered my trip to Shalun beach.So thanks for it.Good to read that you enjoyed alot in Taipei.
    Even i have taken the experience of Shalun beach but in limits taking its drawbacks into consideration. I think Kenting beach is a good spot to explore your day. Its one of the top beach on the islands.You can spend your full day over here.

    Savi of Bruised Passports

    (July 15, 2013 - 9:38 am)

    Stunning pictures Carrie – they make me want to book a flight to Taiwan 🙂

    Akshay Koranne

    (March 6, 2017 - 6:45 pm)

    Well to be very frank Carrie, I don’t like the beach apart from the fact that huge undercurrent can be extremely adventurous and being less crowded place so I would like to spend time there. I like travelling and so far traveled 10+ countries across the world, never been in Taiwan before. I would like to be there. Thanks for sharing the post.

      Carrie Kellenberger

      (March 18, 2017 - 1:25 pm)

      If I’m speaking honestly, Shalun Beach is my least favorite beach in Taiwan. It’s also the dirtiest, which is why we don’t go often. The last time we went, the water was ok, but the time before that, it felt we were swimming in oil slick. There are far better beaches in Taiwan to visit that are pristine, lovely and rarely ever crowded.

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