Nanwan used to be a whaling area during Japanese occupation period, and is now a fishing village. It has a soft, clean sand beach stretching 600 meters and is perfect for all kinds of beach activities. Nanwan Recreation Area also provides shower rooms, restrooms, and restaurants for the visitors.
Sisal Industry History Exhibition
Formerly known as Hengchun Hemp Site, this place belonged to Taiwan Sisal Hemp Co. during Japanese occupation, and later belonged to Taiwan Agriculture Industry after World War II. In 1984, Kenting National Park Headquarters renovated the site and set up the [Sisal Industry History Exhibition] to preserve cultural assets and local features, in the hope of helping people understand the influence of the sisal industry on Hengchun’s economy and environment.
Longluantan is situated on the way from Hengchun Township to Eluanbi, area of 137 hectare. Longluantan is the key water conservancy of Hengchun peninsula, the biggest fresh water lake in Taiwan. The indoor observation room of Longluantan Natural Center is supplied with scopes and auto-playing monitoring systems, providing 4 sections of natural breed bird display, this is an important roost for migratory and resident birds.
Guanshan, or Gaoshanyan, is a coral tableland rising 152 meters above sea level, and is covered with coral reefs and fissures. To the north you can see Dapingding Tableland, fringing reef shores, and the fishing villages on the west coast; to the east you can see Hengchun Valley, Longluantan lake, and hills; and to the south you can see the entire coast from Maobitou to Eluanbi. This is the best place to watch the sunset in Kenting National Park.
Houbihu is the largest fishing port in Hengchun or Kenting. Spring and summer catches consist mainly of umbrella swordfish, flying fish, and Mahi-mahi; while autumn and winter catches consist mainly of white and black swordfish. The newly completed yacht dock now plays an important role in the Park’s marine recreational activities.
Situated on the southernmost tip of the southwest cape, Maobitou looks out to Eluanbi across the Bashi Channel, and was named from a cat-like rock that broke off from the cliffs. Here you will find a typical coral reef coast, with interesting landforms such as fringing reef shores, slumping cliffs, eroded fissures, columns, and potholes.
Kenting National Park Headquarters
Located at Tanzihwan, Kenting National Park Headquarters consists of the Administration Department and the Visitor’s Center. The Administration Department is responsible for the management of the National Park, and the Visitor’s Center provides inquiry services, video presentations, guided tours, and exhibitions.
A huge rock of coral reef that broke off from a nearby tableland, Chuanfanshih looks like a sailing ship from a distance, and resembles the profile of former U.S. President Richard Nixon when viewed up closely.
The most beautiful sand beach in Kenting National Park, Shadao runs for 220 meters in length and is composed of seashell sand (seashell, coral, and foramens), with 97.7% of calcium carbonate. It is one of the many Ecological Protection Areas in the Park, and the Shell Beach Exhibition Hall is situated here.
Eluanbi is the southernmost tip of Taiwan, and also the point where the Bashi Channel meets the Pacific Ocean. In Eluanbi Park, you will find huge coral reef rocks, unique coral reef plants, and tropical coastal plants. There is also the famous historical building – the Lighthouse (constructed in 1882), and a 5,000-year-old pre-historic site.
Kenting National Park
Kenting National park, established in 1984, is one of most popular recreation centers in Taiwan. Situated on Hengchun Peninsula, the southern of Taiwan, Kenting National park faces the Pacific Ocean, the Taiwan Strait, and the Bashi Channel. The coastal area stretches across 15185 hectares and total area of the park is 33269 hectares.
Sheding Nature Park
This area used to belong to the aboriginal Paiwan people. It is covered with coral reef valleys, limestone caves, and grasslands. Cicadas, butterflies, and their host plants are abundant in this region, and the trees stand proud despite the raging winter winds. The east portion of Sheding Nature Park has been set-aside for the Formosan Sika Deer, and is now the center of wildlife research and conservation.
With a wide range of grassland, Longpan is lying between Jiae road and the Pacific Ocean, and is a spacious place for visitors to watch the sunrise, sunset, and the stars. As a coral limestone tableland, Longpan is rich in slumping cliffs, caves, and fissures eroded by rainwater.
Originally called Jialuoshuei (Fujianese for “waterfall”), Jialeshuei is an outdoor geology classroom full of oddly shaped rocks carved by roaring winds and strong waves, including rock chessboards, rock marbles, rock potholes, and rock honeycombs.
Longkeng Ecological Protection Area
Cross-breeding between the Taiwan bulbul and light-vented bulbul calls for greater protectionof the species. Except in Mt. Nanren Ecological Protected Area that has the purest species ofthe Taiwan bulbul, hybrids with Light-vented Bulbul in various degrees are found everywhere.
Located in Checheng Township, Fuan Temple is Taiwan's largest temple dedicated to the Earth God. The statue of the principle deity is clothed in a dragon robe presented by the Cing emperor during the Guangsyu reign period. Another notable feature of the temple is the oblation furnace, which automatically whisks stacks of offering money into the flames through thermal convection.
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium is divided into three main areas: Waters of Taiwan, Coral Kingdom Pavilion, Waters of the World. There are also routine shows: Belugas show, Swimming with tropical fish, and Feeding show. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium is a good place in southern Taiwan to educate the public about the ocean.
Chuhuo is part of the Kenting shale, and contains many fissures through which natural gas leaks to the surface and ignites. During the wet season in summer, the fissures are often blocked by mud, thus we recommended that you visit this place during dry season such as winter or spring.