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Nan Wan Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Nan Wan Beach

Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
3 out of 5
No. 272 Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,385 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Offering direct access to the beach, this South Beach guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nan Wan Beach, Kenting National Park, and Kenting Night Market. Hengchun ...

4.1/5Very Good! (55 reviews)
Great bed and breakfast just off of Nanwan beach.

"Laid-back, friendly hotel located in the Nanwan (South beach) area of Kending just a five-minute walk from the beach. Kending Park, village, and night market are just a five-minute drive away. Tastefully decorated in Thai-style furnishings. Tasty breakfast is included. They have a restaurant, bar, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/7/18

Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
Sunshine Liv.
Sunshine Liv.
3 out of 5
No. 48, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun Township, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$4,091 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Offering direct access to the beach, this South Beach hotel is in a national park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nan Wan Beach, Kenting National Park, and Kenting ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"Fantastic view, warm service. Nice room and clean environment."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/22

Sunshine Liv.
Yong Wong Hostel
Yong Wong Hostel
3 out of 5
No. 94, Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,887 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in South Beach, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nan Wan Beach, Kenting National Park, and Kenting Night Market. Kenting Stony Brook Nature Farm ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)

"Would have preferred a softer bad, but it was better than we had encountered at other more pricey B&Bs. We were treated like old friends by the proprietor! SUPER view of the South Bay in Hengchun with Pizza rock almost next door, 7-11 just up the highway and a great European restaurant just 5 minutes ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/23

Yong Wong Hostel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Nan Wan Beach

Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
3 out of 5
No. 272 Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,385 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Afei Surf Inn - Hall 1
Sunshine Liv.
Sunshine Liv.
3 out of 5
No. 48, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun Township, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$4,091 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24
Sunshine Liv.
Yong Wong Hostel
Yong Wong Hostel
3 out of 5
No. 94, Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,887 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Yong Wong Hostel
Dreamer Boutique Hotel
Dreamer Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
No.15, Ln. 126, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,775 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
Dreamer Boutique Hotel
Meet You NanWan B&B
Meet You NanWan B&B
3 out of 5
No. 164, Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,472 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Meet You NanWan B&B
Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel
Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No.230, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,558 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Kenting Gold DeSign Hotel
Spring Inn
Spring Inn
3.5 out of 5
No. 224 Nanwan Road, Hengchun, Pingtung County
The price is NT$1,212 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Spring Inn
Summer Wave B&B
Summer Wave B&B
3 out of 5
No.182-1, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun Township, Hengchun, Pingtung County
Summer Wave B&B
Qing Song Homestay
Qing Song Homestay
2 out of 5
No. 174, Nanwan Rd., Hengchun, Pingtung County
Qing Song Homestay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.