This post is a continuation of our trip to Jeju earlier this year, which also includes itinerary ideas for anyone planning a trip to Jeju Island!
Jeju is a great destination, especially if you live in Korea. It’s cheap to get there, the weather is great, and there’s an activity for everyone: from the lazy beach goer to the energetic adventurista. If you’re traveling with two of these people (or find yourself between these two extremes), the water activities at the Soesokkak Estuary are fun compromises that will leave everyone satisfied. My husband and I really enjoyed it, and it was a great way to kick off our trip.
How to Get to the Estuary:
If staying in Jeju City, take the 600 bus from the airport to Seogwipo. The ride is about 2 hours and costs 5,500 won. Get off at the last stop (and hope the nice people at the hotel call you a cab, because it was not easy for us to catch one otherwise…).
Go to the ticket office. It is down the main road near the parking lot (look for the parking signs). Water bikes cost 7,500 won per person. Get there early or else you risk waiting for at least an hour or not riding at all if spots are full. We arrived around noon and got tickets to the next available ride at 1:30.
There are some good spots to eat in while you wait—burgers, dessert donuts flavored with Jeju oranges, cafes, etc.
Arrive at the dock a few minutes before your time. The attendants will call your number or time. Give them your ticket and suit up!
After a quick 20-second lesson on how to turn (the person on one side pedals backwards, while the person on the side to which you want to turn pedals forward), you’re good to go!
Enjoy the scenery, the breeze, and the water (but avoid rocks in shallow areas!).
Supposedly, this ride is 20 minutes, however we finished in less than 15…so really take your time to get your money’s worth!
Other Activities at the Estuary:
You can also ride a traditional Korean canoe (large enough for many people at once) and kayak in canoes with clear bottoms so you can see the aquatic life without going under water.
Don’t forget to enjoy the black sand shore with natural pumice stones!
For a small island on one of the world’s smallest countries, there sure is a lot to do in Jeju! Here are some other ideas:
Rained in? More like rained OUT! A list of rainy day activities on Jeju Island.
Visit Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls.
Squeeze in as much as you can in a very short trip.