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Wai’ao Beach外澳海灘

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Wai’ao Beach, also known as Gangao Beach, is located to the north outside of formerly bustling Wushi Harbor, hence the name Wai (meaning “outside”) ao. On the large, clean beach, one can play among the constant waves and catch a glimpse of Guishan Island in the distance. It’s a great spot for surfers and the whole family.

Wai’ao Beach外澳海灘
Other than playing in the water and sand, a range of thrilling, extreme sports such as paragliding and surfing are available. Or take a stroll along the embankment, listening to the crashing of waves, admiring the elegant surfers, observing the paragliders floating above, and savoring the slow pace.

Wai’ao Beach外澳海灘
If you’re tired from walking, head over to the odd-looking, bright yellow Wai’ao Visitor Center. There, experience a unique pedicure by immersing your feet in a pool of tiny fish that will eat your dead skin away, or order a cup of coffee and sit back to enjoy the beautiful sea view. 


No.6, Sec. 2, Binhai Rd.,, Toucheng Township, Yilan County Taiwán, R.O.C
Opening Hours
open all year round


  • Eco-tourism

Services & Facilities

  • Dinning
  • Toilets
  • Parking


TripAdvisor Reviews

4.5 89 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 2 Poor
  3. 8 Average
  4. 37 Very good
  5. 42 Excellent

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  1. 23 Families
  2. 16 Couples
  3. 12 Solo
  4. 1 Business
  5. 27 Friends
  • narniasg


    Traveler type:


    Black sand

    4 2019-12

    Certainly visit but we spent only 20 min there. Do it with Lanyang Museum and up Mr Brown at Toucheng. Beautiful beach. Although I find Neipi beach at Su'ao more spectacular. If you like surfing then Wai-ao is for you. Beautiful view with Guishan rising majestically in horizon. I didnt see anyone swimming although it was a warm day at 24 degrees celsius mainly because the waves are more surfing than swim.
  • ArmyRangeratMIT

    Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

    Taiwan surfing in Wai'ao - wow!

    5 2019-10

    This was a wild experience for a few Americans on vacation. After educational visits to Tokyo and Seoul, it was time to let loose and have fun surfing! Not even the Uber driver could find our Air BnB at first so that made it even more intriguing! The waves and beach were great, and the fish was being caught fresh every day., we rented bikes and checked it all out ., ham kebabs and surf boards - whoo hoo!
  • Plumfounded

    Shenzhen, China

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Black Sand

    5 2019-08

    Left a review somewhere else for this beach, so I will do it again here as it is probably most appropriate. The black sand is beautiful when the sun is strong, and when the sun is going down. There is also a beautiful mosque-like building surrounded by palms that give the beach a unique vibe. Would definitely recommend this beach, but would recommend walking up the street some from the train station for the best stretch of beach that I personally saw.
  • jtcraze

    Singapore, Singapore

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    Beautiful black sand beach with extra fine and soft sand

    5 2019-03

    Lovely beach with awesome view of the Pacific ocean. Black sand was extremely fine and soft. Beach was quite clean. Conveniently located just by the carpark. Restaurants and minsus nearby. Great to hang out at the beach followed by a lovely meal. E.g. Wu's Harbour Cuisine was great! Need to make reservations.
  • TanPiakPhuang

    Singapore, Singapore

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    Beautiful Black Sand Beach

    4 2018-12

    This is beautiful black sand beach. Wind is strong and sand can be seen blowing toward you. The beach is clean and it gives a relax feeling. There are few fishermen drying and repairing their net along the beach.

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