Penghu, Taiwan: The Hawaii of Asia

Updated on January 30, 2019
Edwin Liou profile image

I'm a travel enthusiast who grew up in Asia, lives in North America, and has traveled all over the world.

Penghu is an archipelago of 90 beautiful islands off the west coast of Taiwan. The island chain enjoys great weather and has a wide assortment of beautiful scenery such as white sand beaches, coral reefs, and stunning blue water.

How to Get to Penghu

The majority of flights to Penghu originate from Songshan Airport in Taipei. This is a small airport that is geared towards regional flights.

We flew from Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei Taoyuan International airport, had some lunch at the food court on the lower level, and took a taxi to Songshan Airport. The cab ride took about 30 minutes, and we were immediately stunned by how green and lush Taiwan is.

The flight from Songshan in Taipei lands in Magong (Penghu), and the entire trip takes about an hour. Magong is the largest city in the Penghu island chain and is the place you will likely be based out of if you visit. It has a great selection of hotels, restaurants, and tourism services.

Penghu Hotels

Magong used to be a somewhat small town, but the tourism boom has caused it to grow exponentially. There are now some truly amazing hotels in the city. We found one of our hotels through Expedia and the other through the Marriott Bonvoy (previously Marriott Rewards) program. There is a wide selection of hotels for all price ranges, so you should have no problems finding something that suits you.

MF Hotel Penghu

The MF Hotel is a middle-of-the-line “3-star” hotel. However, a 3-star in Penghu is much better than a 3-star in California. This hotel was modern, tastefully decorated, and extremely clean. The location was amazing, and we could walk to most places we wanted to visit on the main island. We spent 4 nights here, and we would highly recommend it!

Four Points Penghu

All we have to say is WOW. In North America, the Four Points brand is geared towards business travellers and has some basic amenities, but nothing to write home about. In Penghu, the Four Points is a 5-star hotel that is as nice as any Ritz-Carlton or Fairmont we have ever stayed at.

The staff here all spoke great English and did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. Every time we exited the elevator on the main lobby, a staff member greeted us and assisted with anything we needed—such as booking a snorkeling trip, making a restaurant reservation, and getting a taxi.

Since we are Marriott Gold members, they upgraded our standard room to a corner room on the highest floor. The most impressive feature in the room was the smart glass walls. With the flick of the switch, you can turn the smart glass either transparent or opaque.

The Four Points Penghu also has a fantastic gym, a surprisingly reasonably priced spa, and a wide assortment of restaurants that ALL served fantastic food.

We used our Marriott points to book the 3-night stay, but this hotel would have otherwise cost us about $300 a night since this was the high season.

The Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival Is a Must-See

We have been to a lot of fireworks festivals in California, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, and multiple countries in Europe, but nothing we have previously seen comes close to the amazingness that is the Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival.

They launch fireworks from a boat as well as a bridge. The result is that spectacular fireworks cover your entire field of vision. Believe us when we say that they truly spared no expense for this fireworks display since this is one of the biggest summer attractions in Taiwan. Check out the videos we took for a small sample of the fireworks show.

Three More Things to Do in Penghu

1. Visit Aimen Beach

The beach is a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Magong. This amazing location features white sand, beautiful water, and activities such as beach volleyball and jet skiing. If you get sunburnt, most of the taxi drivers in town can show you where the wild aloe vera are. We took a quick detour after the beach to get some all natural aloe vera, and it healed up our burns in no time!

2. Check Out the Street Performers

Taiwan is known for great street performances, and some of the best ones come to Penghu during fireworks season. Go for a walk downtown on the weekend, and you’re likely to come across some awesome performances. Check out the video of the fire dancer we saw just outside of our hotel.

3. Go Snorkeling

We have been snorkeling in a lot of different places, and Penghu offers one of the best experiences around. There are lots of corals in the water, and an abundance of tropical fish. You can book a snorkeling trip through your hotel, or just buy some gear and hit the waters. The best spots usually require getting in a car or scooter, though, and the best locations are not well advertised online.

Our hotel set us up with a local snorkeling operation, and they took us to a secluded cove that we would not have found ourselves. We highly recommend snorkeling in Penghu!

One Thing to Avoid in Penghu

There are lots of tours that will take you to different islands for their local attractions. We took one of these tours that showed us around three different islands. Unfortunately, we found them very underwhelming and the boat ride was extremely rough—every single one of the 40 people on the boat threw up.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Edwin

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • profile image

        Ryan 

        2 weeks ago

        That fire dancer is amazing!

      • profile image

        Chris Bournas 

        3 weeks ago from New York City

        Very nice article it finds me suprised as i totaly agree that Penghu is The Hawaii of Asia.

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        This is a very well-illustrated first hub.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://wanderwisdom.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)