Jeju-do (Jeju Island) off the southern coasts of South Korea is the peninsula’s largest island found in the Korean Strait. It is known to many as the “Island of the Gods” and to some as “Hawaiian Island of Korea.” Since this is an island cut off from the rest of the peninsula, there’s bound to be amazing beaches all over. Swimming in Jeju-do, specifically in its pristine beaches is enjoyed only in summer when the waters aren’t too cold.
Completing your list of things to do, Jeju-do has plenty of options to offer. In addition to the many enchanting mountains, waterfalls and rock formations, water activities are not scarce as well. The island has a few beaches that can rival the best in Asia.
Summertime begins in June and ends in August. Beaches are filled with parasols, mats and eager beach bummers and sunbathers. One of Jeju’s leading beaches is Jungmun Beach. It is conveniently surrounded by major hotels such as the Hyatt and Shilla Hotels. It is about 14 km to the west of Seogwipo, which is the land’s second most important city. At the other side of the island across Mount Hallan or around the coasts is Jeju City, the island’s capital. Jungmun Beach gets huge waves in September but during the summer months the waves are just perfect. People enjoy playing beach volleyball and Frisbee on the fine white sands. Surfing competitions are usually held here in July. The place is also known as Jungmun Saekdal Beach, since the beach is found in the village of Saekdal.
Another popular beach is Hamdeok Beach or Hamdeok Seowoobong Beach, located in the north-eastern coast. This beach is extremely charming as it is hidden behind Seowoobong peak and surrounding volcanic rocks. Swimming, snorkeling and climbing Seowoobong are the top activities here. The beach is actually made up of two beaches: a large one that is enjoyed best by locals and vacationing Korean families and a smaller one, which is very popular among foreign tourists and expats. There are also camping areas available.
Iho Beach, on the other hand, draws a number of tourists and admirers for its unique gray sands and yellow sands. It is a beach best known to have two different kinds of sands, and the yellow sands create a lovely effect in the water. Iho Beach comes alive in the evenings with parties, drinking and dancing.
Meanwhile, a lesser known beach is Hwasun Beach. It is one of the best places to relax since it is near a windy headland called “Dragon’s Head”. Jeju-do is one of the windiest provinces in Korea and that is most apparent in this beach. It is near the Hwasun Port and a power station.
To complete your list of things to do Jeju-do has other beaches to offer. These are Hyeopjae Beach (with beautiful scenic views of Biyangdo), 200-meter long Geumneung Beach (with fine white sands that are actually tiny crushed seashells), Samyang Black Sand Beach (popular for its volcanic basalt sands that are believed to have healing properties), Hamo Beach (a fairly quiet beach), and Shinyang Beach (popular among windsurfers). Swimming in Jeju-do Island is unlike any other activities in all of South Korea.