I’m planning a summer trip to eastern Taiwan, and I wanted to go to Taimali near Taidong because it seemed beautiful and not crowded like Kenting. Then I read that there’s “absolutely no swimming” in this whole area. face palm
From a Westerner’s perspective isn’t this more of a “Swim at your own risk” than a “Absolutely no swimming” situation? I get it, Taiwan has strong currents, riptides, and steep drop offs. That doesn’t really scare me away from cautiously swimming 50 meters out or so. I’d honestly enjoy a little adrenaline rush.
The thing that worries me far more than the currents is the potential for causing a scene and having local people come rushing and screaming about the danger. I know that weaving in and out of heavy traffic on scooters with complete disregard for safety is totally okay, but the ocean has ghosts.
What is your experience this? Will I get arrested if I swim in Taimali? Or will I get sucked out to sea and never heard from again? And can you recommend any good, not crowded beaches that allow swimming?