For an island, its natives are notoriously poor swimmers. I guess most schools don’t even have a pool to teach kids to swim.
At a beach with lifeguards, it is totally “monkey see, monkey do”. So if anyone is outside the very shallow roped area, others will join.
Life guards are employed by the beach to make sure nobody drowns. STill every year at one of those beach resorts at least someone drowns. IT makes for lawsuits and huge problems.
So if you really like to swim. Find a beach with no life guards. And you are totally on your own.
Lots of potential to drown though, just be aware.
An innocent looking little cove near my wanli beach apt was a place I liked to go swimming at. But there is dangerous undertow and many drown there every summer.
It is a popular little cove with zero life guards.
I actually saved one girl who drifted out too far in her inner tube there once.
NEver use an inner tube at the ocean is all i can say, as you will be carried away.
One time, my GF and I and my Mom were about to go there to swim and many students there told us that three of their own are missing in the waters there. No doubt drowned just an hour or so ago.
Taiwanese drown in record numbers each year in the ocean and on the rivers.
So , again, if you really want to swim, stay away from those “official” beaches with guards.
They are required by the beach owners to keep people in the roped area at all times. No exceptions, no excuses.
Used to belong to a tiny Sunfish club in Fulung. And that tiny river with the bridge that you walk over to swim at the beach had drownings every year without exception.
The life guards were not manning the river, only the roped off area of the ocean. At that time you can swim outside of the roped area but only if you were hundreds of feet away.
You can’t swim just outside the roped area. That area and immediately around it are the responsibility of the lifeguards there.
LUng Tung had these ex abalone pools that were deep enough and very large enough to swim in. No beach, just really salt water swimming pools.
Just past Lung Tung is a beautiful little cove called GINSHAWAN. WhIch I used to swim at. NO lifeguards (no real facilities outside of a broken down shower bunker). There was a tiny hotel across the street which was a great place to grab a few beers before and after the swim.
Don’t know how it is now, but worth a look. THe beach itself there was pretty nice and safe as it was pretty shallow till quite far out. Not much undertow usually. Sometimes a LOT of jellyfish though.
Jelly fish is pretty common in taiwan waters, but luckily not man-o-wars or irikanji (sp? the killer , tiny ozzie jellyfish).
Most of the jelly fish stings can be relieved with just wet sand.