Keelung Islet to reopen in July; order admission tickets now

基隆嶼即將於7月1日正式開放民眾登島,今(17)日開放線上預約登島,民眾可上基隆官網網站點選「基隆嶼觀光預約平台」進行預約。 Pre-order tickets to visit the Keelung Islet (基隆嶼) from July 1 to Oct. 31 are available on the Keelung Travel Website starting on Wednesday.(Courtesy of Facebook/基隆嶼登島情報旅遊網)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Pre-order tickets to visit the Keelung Islet (基隆嶼) from July 1 to Oct. 31 are available on the Keelung Travel Website starting on Wednesday.

The islet is a beautiful volcanic min-island surrounded by cliffs, meaning that you will have to walk your way to the top of the cliff. Hiking trails and pavilions are the main recreational facilities available on the island.

Along the wooden trails, you will see various plants indigenous to Taiwan as well as mesmerizing landscapes of Taiwan northern coast.

Last June, the island reopened to the public after a five-year hiatus due to the destruction brought by Typhoon Soulik in 2013.

Keelung Islet (基隆嶼) is set to reopen to the public on July 1, lasting until Oct. 31 and the pre-order tickets are available on the Keelung Travel Website, staring from Wednesday.(Courtesy of Facebook/基隆嶼登島情報旅遊網)

The Islet was slated to reopen in April this year but it was postponed until July 1 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and renovation work of the trails. 

The island offers a hiking trail, as well as a boat tour that takes you around the island.

Also, the county government has allocated red cross medical staff and tour guides to improve visitors’ overall experience.

People can expect to visit the Keelung Islet Lighthouse by July 15 to overlook the entire island.(Shutterstock)

It’s recommended to plan a two-day trip to explore Keelung. Before hopping on the island, you can visit the Chen-Pin Fishing Harbor (正濱漁港), the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology (海科館), the Heping Island Park (和平島公園) and 101 Height (101高地).

The city government of Keelung has provided two tour packages. The two-hour tour package will cost you NT$700 (US$23.61) and the four-hour package, including the lighthouse tour, will be NT$850 (US$28.67).