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Why Baisha Bay is special ?
Baisha Bay--which translates as "White Sand Bay"-- is one of the better known beaches along the coast. The bay is located between Linshanbi to the south and Fugui Cape to the north. These rocky promontories are the result of volcanic activity from the Datun Range that sent lava flowing directly into the sea some 800,000 years ago. The different minerals present in the rock have created a mottled rock surface. The interesting features of the rocky waterfronts are the primitive fish traps made from heaped landsite and broken coral, where fish are stranded by the retreating tide. These fish traps can be seen along the coast between Baisha Bay and Fugui Cape.
What to explore at Baisha Bay?
Baisha is the only Kenting beach on the west side of the peninsula, about 500 meters long, 40 meters wide, the white beach is formed by shell sand and embraced by the beautiful coral reefs. You can take a walk along the shore, enjoy the view of blue sky and ocean, the calm waves make it the suitable spot for swimming and scuba diving. The longest bike trail in Taiwan starts from Baisha, the trail belongs to the territory of Kenting National Park, without the barrier of architecture, you are able to have a great sight of tropical plants along with your bike tour.
How to get to Baisha Bay?
By car :
South bound – From Keelung(基隆), go on No 2 Provincial Highway (國道2號) to Baisha Bay Recreation Center(白沙灣海水浴場).
North bound – From Chungching North Road Interchange(重慶北路交流道), go on No 2B Provincial Highway (台2乙線) and then No 2 Provincial Highway (國道2號) to Baisha Bay Recreation Center(白沙灣海水浴場).
By bus :
Take any of the Danshui Route bus to Danshui(淡水). Then, change to Tanshui Express Bus or Taichi Express Bus bound for Jinshan(金山), Shihmen(石門) and alight at Baisha Bay(白沙灣).
or There is a bus, no. 862, which runs the full coastal tour from Tamsui 淡水 at the end of Taipei MRT’s red line to Keelung and which stops at various landmarks. The 862 runs every hour during the week and every half hour on the weekends, but if you don’t want to go all the way to Keelung, you can also take some of the other buses (863, 865, 867, etc.) which stop at Baisha Bay. It’s easiest to pay with your Easycard 悠游卡 if you have one. You’ll have to swipe it twice, when getting on and when getting off the bus.
Additionally, you can also use these following ways to get there:
By MRT then Bus:
Take the MRT to Tamsui Station (淡水), northern terminus of the red line. After exiting the station, cross the street to the bus stop, and board local busses 622 or 623, or long distance 1261, 1262, or 1263. Get off the bus at the Baishawan (白沙灣) stop. It is recommended to just use an EasyCard as the fare structure is a bit complex and may be confusing for non-Chinese speakers. To return to Tamsui, board the same busses in the opposite direction. Service on these routes is infrequent, so be sure to check the stop sign for boarding times.
By North Coast Shuttle Bus:
It is also possible to take the North Coast Shuttle Bus, offered by the Taiwan Tourism Board from MRT Tamsui Station (淡水), red line. The fare is NT$200 for a one-day pass. The shuttle travels between MRT Tamsui Station and Keelung Railway Station, and leaves around every half hour on weekends and every hour on weekdays.
Tips for you
A tent rental should cost around NT$250, cold shower NT$20, and hot shower NT$40. Besides that, beach umbrellas and floating devices are available for rent, water activities and a few snack stalls onsite whenever it’s sunny during weekends and holidays. There is ample English signage around to help visitors.Service