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Nan Wan Beach

This former Japanese whaling site gradually became a quaint fishing village and now a popular beach area with water activities.

Nan Wan Beach is a scenic stretch of sand on the island’s south coast, where travelers and locals enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Amble at your leisure along the soft, white sand with a view of the Pacific Ocean. At nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) in length, it is the longest beach in Kenting National Park, a vast area of diverse terrain that includes tropical forests, sprawling meadows and a historical armed lighthouse.

This beach is renowned for its array of thrilling activities in the water. It is one of the few beaches in the national park that is suitable for swimming due to its lack of sharp rocks or fast tides. Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the ocean with a tour operator near the beach to see the range of colorful fish. The beach has plenty of banana boats and Jet Skis that you can rent for a thrilling ride.

Sunbathe on the sand before cooling off in the water with a relaxing swim. Share a picnic with your family on the beach with a picturesque view of the ocean and the nearby green cliffs.

There are showers, bathroom facilities and restaurants in the Nan Wan Recreation Area. Visit the beach between April and July for the milkfish season and watch hoards of locals fishing with old-fashioned tools in the ocean.

Travelers also know the beach as South Bay, in reference to its geographical location, and sometimes as Blue Bay. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in the early 20th century, the bay was a whaling site. 

Opposite the beach, find restaurants with colorful façades and small shops that offer diving opportunities.

Find Nan Wan Beach in Kenting National Park on Taiwan’s southern coastline. Drive a couple hours south from Pingtung City or take a bus, which may take a few hours longer, to reach the park. The journey incorporates 62 miles (100 kilometers) of scenic roads.


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Dreamer Boutique Hotel ¥4,542
Dreamer Boutique Hotel

Dreamer Boutique Hotel

No.15, Ln. 126, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in South Beach, this hotel is steps from Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

    Spoondrift Hostal ¥5,795
    Spoondrift Hostal

    Spoondrift Hostal

    No.188 Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in South Beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Kenting National Park and Nan Wan Beach. Kenting Night Market and Hengchun Old Town South Gate are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel ¥4,874
      Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel

      Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel

      No.230, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in South Beach, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

        Bluebay Inn ¥3,715
        Bluebay Inn

        Bluebay Inn

        No.172, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in South Beach, this bed & breakfast is steps from Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

          Haku Beach Days Inn
          Haku Beach Days Inn

          Haku Beach Days Inn

          No.186, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in South Beach, this beach bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

            Meet You NanWan B&B ¥3,405
            Meet You NanWan B&B

            Meet You NanWan B&B

            No. 164, Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in South Beach, this guesthouse is steps from Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

              Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1 ¥5,573
              Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1

              Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1

              No. 264 Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this South Beach guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Kenting National Park and Nan Wan Beach. Kenting Night Market and Hengchun Old Town South Gate are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Yellow's Kenting B&B ¥5,263
                Yellow's Kenting B&B

                Yellow's Kenting B&B

                No. 242, Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in South Beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nan Wan Beach and Kenting National Park. Kenting Night Market is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.