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Sitting at the southern tip of Taiwan on the Hengchun Peninsula, the small town of Ken-ting is in a beautiful area of tropical beaches, sheer sea cliffs, rugged mountains, and exotic flora and fauna. It is surrounded by a National Park and is a wonderful area to visit.

This harbour has a potentially dangerous entrance between reefs. See recommendations from SV Katie Lee in comments at bottom of page and their useful approach chart adjacent. The route in blue is approximate, local advice is to enter on course 350 magnetic, after passing the nuclear plant outflow. The smooth yellow track is the local ferry captured from AIS. SV Katie Lee's track is the furthest north yellow/orange, and a little too close to the reef. The light blue/white is the Google Earth estimated ferry track which is across the reef.

Position 21° 56'59"N, 120° 46'38"E

Clearance

It is possible to stop at the marina here, which is on the southern side of the Island.

Advance notice is required unless it is an emergency stop etc. However, the Coast Guard only answers CH-16 calls in Taiwanese. Cruisers have reported not having any problems arriving without advance notification.

Do not stop at the security wharf on your starboard on entry, but make your way slowly to a slip ahead. Marina entrance photo courtesy of SV Katie Lee.

They authorities will come to you and will contact Immigration to come and check you in. All crew should remain on board until Immigration arrive.

Cruisers recommend Mr. Bud Teng +886933011081 ([email protected]) as a knowledgeable and helpful local contact.

Last updated April 2018.

Port Authority
VHF Channel 16

Docking

This harbour has a potentially dangerous entrance between reefs. See recommendations from SV Katie Lee in comments at bottom of page and their useful approach chart at top of page.

Marina photo courtesy of SV Katie Lee.

Last updated April 2018.

Houbihu Marina
No.79-43, Daguang Rd. , Hengchun Township, Pingtung County 94645 , Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Tel:+886 08-886-7041
Marina with floating pontoons located within the Ken-ting National Park. The marina office is manned by the park staff who are reported to be very helpful. Marina's mailing address in Chinese: 屏東縣恆春鎮大光里大光路79-43號 (be sure to include your yacht name).
The marina has just completed repair of all the floating docks (2018). Water and electricity (110v and 240v) is available at no extra charge. Showers sometimes available, occasionally with hot water. Free Wifi close to the office. There is a small-boat ramp for trailers. Haulout by crane can be arranged.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 07, 2018 03:48 PM

Some more feedback from Larry and Trinda Littlefield who have been in Ken-ting for almost a year:
The food is wonderful. The people are too.
There are many scooters for rent in Taiwan, especially tourist areas. But not so many cars. An international drivers license is required if above 50cc or not electric. Don't bring your own scooter from a foreign country, importation is unbelievable. An older 110cc scooter could rent for 4000NT/mo or a new big 150cc for 9000NT/mo.
A 2 week driving tour circum-navigating Taiwan on a big scooter was wonderful. Google maps/translate made it possible. The people here are really friendly and helpful.
Houbihu Marina fees are 55NT/day water testing fee, plus 630NT/meter/month (45 feet=10268NT/mo). can be pro-rated by day, 2018.

Larry Littlefield
Larry Littlefield says:
Apr 12, 2018 01:52 PM

An update on Taiwan, Kenting, Houbihu Marina and approach in 2017/2018.

Please note that Houbihu Marina near Kenting can be extremely tricky if you don't know the port. There is a reef on the South side that is very easy to go aground on and wreck your yacht. To enter the marina safely, one needs to sail pretty close to shore (but not too close as that side also has hazards).

Line up the Chinese temple, next to the National Park Office building, directly between the harbour entrance lights from approximately 1 mile out. Approximate way-points:
21 55.9197 N-120 45.0094 E, to 21 56.6121 N 120 44.7519 E.

We will try to create a waypoint to line up with the temple next time we are there.

In the meantime, try to follow a large boat that's going in and have someone watching for rocks at your bow. I'd highly advise against trying to go in at night. Many boats have gotten caught on the reef there over the years. Be careful!

The ferry track on the Google Earth picture is too far NE. If you follow it you would hit the reef with less than 1 meter water.

The Coast Guard only answers CH-16 calls in Taiwanese. The requirement to notify them of your ETA and arrival ahead of time did not seem to be a problem. Do not stop at the security wharf on your starboard on entry, but make your way slowly to a slip ahead. They will come to you. They called Immigration for us, who came down from Kaohsuuing within 2 hours to check us in. They asked us to remain on the boat until Immigration came.

S/V Katie Lee - 6'6" draft Passport 45 Ketch

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