Now, I am a beach person. I LOVE the beach! My vision for our trip to Kenting included lots of beach time, tanning, swimming, reading, relaxing... But as soon as we got onto this beach I could not wait to get the hell off of it.
As I sat on the beach, anxiously waiting for my friends to tire of it, I kept thinking to myself, "this can't be what everyone comes down here for, this can't be the best that there is in Taiwan... there's just no way!"
Thankfully, we didn't arrive at the beach until 5:00pm, so after only about an hour we decided to head to dinner.
The next day, we had a little more luck. We were driving down the road around 4:00 (after the aquarium) and stumbled upon this little beach
It certainly wasn't a white-sand beach, but it was clean, private, and quiet, so we decided to spend our last beaching hours here instead of driving further, hunting for another spot. As a result, I really don't know what else is available as far as Kenting beaches go. I'm clinging to the hope that there are clean beautiful beaches down there, but.... I'm really not so sure. I guess there's a reason Taiwan isn't known for it's beaches...
Right across the street from this beach was a little snorkeling shop and so my friends decided to rent some snorkel gear so that we could explore the waters.
As was the case on our snorkeling trip to Green Island, the experience was just a little bizarre!
Here is a list of all of the accoutrements that are included when renting snorkeling gear for a low key swim in this small, shallow alcove:
Snorkeling Gear Check List:
- Full wet-suit
- Life vest
- Cotton gardening gloves
I realize that this list might bring up some logical questions from my readers, so I'll answer them here in an FAQ section:
Q: What could you possibly need cotton gardening gloves for?
A: Well in case you want to touch anything of course! The gloves will allow you to touch the coral or sea urchins without worrying about getting hurt!
Q: But why touch something if you can't even feel it?!
A: I still haven't figured out the answer to this question
Q: What about the full-wet suit?
A: The water was the perfect warm temperature, so it certainly wasn't for warmth. Apparently that was to protect you from getting hurt on the small patches of coral.
Q: What is the life-vest for?
A: To protect you from the perilous ocean, of course! Please note rule number 3 below (note: this picture was actually taken at a different beach), "While swimming in the sea, you must wear a life jacket or flotation device"
Q: Um... you forgot to put flippers on your list...
A: Actually, I didn't forget. There were no flippers! Just like on Green Island - and unlike anywhere else in the world - snorkelers here in Taiwan are not given flippers!
They'll give you a life vest so that you can easily float (out to sea) but they won't give you flippers, which would help you get back to the shore!
O what a strange relationship the Taiwanese have with the ocean....