Keelung Islet (基隆嶼) is perhaps Keelung’s most distinct geological landmark, and is easy to spot all along the northeast coast. About 6 kilometers away from the harbor, it serves as a guide for those coming in to port.
A volcanic formation, Keelung Islet juts out of the ocean with a steep incline and little flat ground. It is a popular spot for hiking in the summertime, when ferries travel back and forth between the islet and the Bisha Fishing Harbor in Badouzi. If you’re interested in tracking down the best ocean views, or in discovering the local flora and fauna, then you should definitely consider a trip to Keelung Islet!
Guided tours are available, but you can also explore the island at your own pace as there are multiple walking paths to choose from of varying difficulty. Highlights include the wooden walkway that wraps around the outskirts of the island, made for a pleasant scenic stroll, and the path up to the lighthouse at the highest point on the island. Note that in some places the lighthouse path can be quite narrow and steep, with a lot of stairs. It’s worth the effort though, as the views from the path itself as well as the peak are absolutely breathtaking.
Another interesting feature of the island is that it is home to abandoned military facilities, remnants of Keelung’s fraught past. There is little shade on the islet, and trips will typically last around 2-4 hours, so make sure to bring sunscreen, hats, snacks, and plenty of water!
How to get there
In order to get to Keelung Islet, tickets must be booked in advance due to a daily admittance limit. Bookings can be made in English on KKday, or through the Keelung Island travel website.
In order to reach the ferry at Bisha Fishing Harbor, take the 103 or 104 bus from the Zhongyi Rd Xiaoyi Rd intersection bus stop (directly across from Maritime Plaza). Get off at the Bisha Fishing Harbor bus stop (20-26mins, NT$15). These buses also pass through Zhengbin Fishing Harbor, from where you can also connect to Heping Island Park.
Hours and fees
Hours: Keelung Islet tours are available in the summer, and the tour season varies according to sea conditions. There are multiple times available each day.
Admission: Depending on what ticket option you choose, prices for an adult can range from NT$700 to NT$1050, with discounts for children and seniors. The easiest way to book is via KKday. Foreigners must bring a passport for verification, and locals need to have their ID card.
Official website: www.kltravel.tw
Schedule (Chinese): https://www.icellars.tw/keelungislandexp/web/index-p.html
List of licensed ship operators (Chinese) : https://www.icellars.tw/keelungislandexp/web/operator-s.html