SUP Boarding in Fulong (福隆)

This article briefly covers the local environment, weather, transportation, and attractions, as well as other essential details you need to go SUP Boarding at Fulong (福隆), Taiwan.

SUP Boarder paddling under the Rainbow Bridge in Fulong, Taiwan.

Introduction to SUP Boarding in Fulong (福隆)

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at Fulong Beach offers an exciting and unique way to explore the natural beauty of Taiwan’s northeastern coast. With easy water launches, stunning landscapes, and easy accessibility from Taipei, Fulong is a prime destination for SUP enthusiasts of all skill levels.

In addition to the open ocean beach, there is the calm and sheltered water of the Shuangxi River, which empties into the ocean here, making this an ideal spot for SUP boarding. Adding convenient parking, restaurants, and other services, Fulong Beach has become one of the top recreational beaches in Taiwan.

SUP boarding in Fulong on the Shuangxi River.

Overview of Fulong Beach(es)

Fulong offers visitors two separate beach areas for recreational use. The ‘main’ beach stretches for approximately 3km, has plenty of services available to visitors and is accessible from the large pedestrian bridge. It is also pay-access. At the time of writing, admission costs NTD$100 for adults and NTD$50 for seniors and children 3-12 during peak season (May-September). The price drops to NTD$40 during low season, which runs October through April. The ticket booth is located adjacent to the Fullon Hotel along .

View of Fulong Beach from the west, looking east towards Dongxing Temple.

Lifeguards and rentals for umbrellas and chairs are available here, which help if you’re spending the day at the beach. This beach is open to the public from 8:00am to 5:00am. There are extended hours on the weekends during the summer months. Most of the images visitors see of Fulong are of Main Beach.

The other, ‘public’, beach is located east of the main beach and is accessed through Fulong Seaside Park (福隆海濱公園). There are a number of cafes, restaurants, and other services located in this part of Fulong Village. Cool water, and paid showers can be found next to Dongxing Temple for about NTD$30. 

In addition to being a great destination for SUP, Fulong is very popular for both local and tourist beach-goers. Whether for swimming, kayaking, cycling, or surfing, Fulong Beach has become one of the best beach destinations in Northern Taiwan for day trips. There are also a number of cafes, restaurants, hostels, tour operators, and things to do in Fulong. 

SUP Boarding in Fulong along the Shuangxi River

SUP Boarding in Fulong 

Perhaps the most compelling reason SUP boarding in Fulong has become so popular is because of the protected waters at the mouth of the Shuanxi River.

Visitors can paddle both in the ‘back bay’ and into the slow-moving waters of the river itself. Moving away from the mouth of the river, this meandering waterway offers a great jungle-like setting with lush greenery on both sides. Some of the experienced SUP boarders will paddle out into the ocean, past the small break for some more adventurous SUPing in the waves.

Girl SUP boarding in Fulong

Where to Go SUP Boarding in Fulong

Most of the SUP boarding groups or individuals launch at various locations along the shores of the Shuanxi River, near the mouth of the river. One particularly popular launch location is here, where SUP boarders can enter the calm waters along a sandy shore. There is also a shaded area under the arched, cement overhang. While we don’t recommend leaving valuables here, this is also a location where you can leave some gear or towels. There are convenient steps down onto sandy beach shoreline here.

Group introduction for SUP boarding in Fulong
Group safety lesson for SUP Boarding in Fulong

Best Time to Go SUP Boarding in Fulong (龍洞)

Like many of the other popular SUP destinations in northern Taiwan, SUP boarding in Fulong mostly takes place between June and October. During this time the water temperatures average 28°C (or around 83℉). That said, it is also Typhoon season in Taiwan, so visitors will have to keep an eye on the local weather (see below).

Weather & Climate at Fulong Beach

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is a pleasant time to go SUP Boarding at Fulong, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F). Rainfall is relatively low, making it a great season for outdoor activities, including SUP.
  • Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 34°C (82°F to 93°F). It’s hot and humid, with occasional rainfall. Expect crowded beaches but ideal conditions for playing in the water, including swimming, surfing, and SUP.
  • Autumn (September to November): Autumn offers mild temperatures, ranging from 24°C to 30°C (75°F to 86°F). Rainfall decreases as the season progresses, making it one of the best times for water-based activities like SUP when there are fewer crowds.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter is the least popular time for beach activities due to cooler temperatures ranging from 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F). Rainfall is relatively low, but the water may be too chilly for extended SUP sessions.
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How to Get to Fulong (龍洞)

How to Get to Fulong by Car

From Taipei Main Station, Fulong Village is about 56km east of Taipei and would take approximately 1 hour to drive during non-peak traffic periods. You can expect this time to increase on weekends or holidays and during rush-hour traffic. There is both free and paid parking options in the area, however, the paid option is plentiful and most convenient.

If you’re traveling by car from Taipei to Fulong Beach, use this as the Google Maps reference. Start by heading east on the Taiwan Provincial Highway 2 (台2線). Continue driving on Provincial Highway 2 for about 40 kilometers until you reach the entrance to Fulong Village. Follow the signs to Fulong Beach, where you can park your car in designated parking areas. Be prepared to pay a parking fee.

  1. Free parking in Fulong is available here – Located just south of Dongxing Temple is a small free parking lot with a capacity for about 20 cars. This fills up quick, but worth checking if you’re trying to save. It is about a 20-minute walk (1km) to our preferred launch location for SUP boarding in Fulong.
  2. Paid parking in Fulong is available here – This is where the majority of visitors arrive by private vehicle will park. There is a ton of available parking here. The lot is very accessible to the beach public washrooms and showers at the Fulong Visitor Center. The fees are $100/adults and $80/child. It is a 10-minute walk to our preferred launch location.

How to Get from Taipei to Fulong by Train

What makes SUP boarding in Fulong so great is that it is one of the most accessible beach destinations from Taipei. Take the Taipei Metro (MRT), bus, taxi, or bike to Taipei Main Station (台北車站). From the station, visitors will have to transfer to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) system.

Purchase a ticket to Fulong Station (福隆車站) and hop on board. Trains run quite frequently throughout the day starting from 5:30am. The journey takes approximately 1-1.5 hours and costs NT$83. From Fulong Station, it’s a short walk to Fulong Beach, where you can rent SUP boards from local providers.

How to Get from Taipei to Fulong by Bus

Jump on the Golden Fulong 856, Taiwan Tourist Shuttle at Ruifang Train Station. This is one of Taiwan’s main tourist routes and this service is pretty affordable at NT$15 one-way. You can also buy a day pass for NT$50 for the jump-on-jump-off service. The journey from Ruifang Train Station includes 12 stops at many popular tourist attractions. Get off at Fulong Visitor Center.

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