Welcome to the third installment of Taiwan Tidbits, a series that is nearing its end as I'm realizing most of the photos I've taken are of me/the hubs, or with family members and I don't feel comfortable plastering them on the internet. I will probably end this series with a compilation of links and blogs with more current posts about Taiwan. Thanks for sticking with me through these non-food posts. Happy Friday!
When the hubs and I visited Taiwan back in 2009 for our honeymoon, we spent part of it exploring Kenting - which, is on the southern coast of Taiwan. I had never been so far south before this trip - it required a 2-hour ride on the high speed rail
from Taoyuan (airport) to Kaohsiung, then a 1-hour bus ride to our resort in Kenting. All that on top of a 20-hour flight from NYC.
Needless to say, we were looking to relax and unwind from our wedding and travels so a beach destination was perfect. We took in the sun, strolled the street markets, and sipped tropical drinks on the beach. We didn't have much on the agenda except for a trip to the aquarium. I have always loved aquariums and while dating, the hubs and I visited a few together so it's become a special thing for us.
provided a free shuttle to the National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium
which, was about 20 minutes north
. We really appreciated that convenience as we were still jet-lagged and my Chinese was rusty so procuring a taxi would have been a...challenge. [This was before we had smart phones!
You may notice from the photos that there were no crowds - it was actually eerily quiet when we visited in April. I'm not sure if that's normal or if it was because of the time of year. Either way, we were perfectly fine with having the aquarium practically all to ourselves.
We spent a quiet, lazy day getting up close and personal with some creatures of the sea - my favorites were in the "Waters of the World" exhibit where the beluga whales resided, and the "Polar Seas" exhibit where, the penguins played! [Sorry, no photos of the penguins and most of the tanks since flash wasn't allowed so most of our photos were blurry as a result]
There was also an impressively large kelp forest tank (yes, that's the hubs) that made you feel like you were really under the sea.
The best part of the aquarium is that it sits along the shore - so we were able to enjoy our lunch with a view. Visiting the National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium is like getting a 2-in-1 attraction where you have gorgeous mountain and ocean views outside, and wonders of the sea inside. What more can you ask for?
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in Taiwan travel, I've actually done very little exploring in Taiwan. Besides my honeymoon, the primary reason for my trips in years past was to visit my extended family. Any tidbits from my personal travels may be outdated and even though I'll do my best to include current information/resources it's best to do your own research if planning a trip to Taiwan.