Geoje island is located in South Gyeongsang province in South Korea. It has many small islands ( 10 inhabited & 63 habited islands). It is abundant in natural beauty. In this article I am going to share some great ideas for Vacation in Geoje.
Geoje has some of the most beautiful mountains, sun-kissed beaches, historical places, recreational centers & many more places to see. Once you are on this beautiful island, you will never have a dull moment.
Apart from its famous places to visit, Geoje offers many other activities that will keep you engaged on weekends & vacations. How would you like to vacation in Geoje?
Best Vacation in Geoje
There are several places to see in Geoje including museums, cafes, nature centers apart from the natural places like beaches and mountains. I am going to include a list of these must-see places in Geoje at the end of the article.
Geoje is close to the second biggest city in South Korea, Busan. You can reach this island just within an hour. People from the city love to come to Geoje island during weekends to spend time in the calm of this island.
There are several top-notch hotels and accommodations in Geoje that will give you ultimate luxury. There are several budget hotels, Pensions (rental apartments) available to suit every pocket. You will not have any trouble finding a perfect vacation rental for yourself.
While the stay is sorted, we still need to look into what are you going to do on this lovely island?
Let me suggest some cool ideas to spend your vacation in Geoje with some fun, adventure & memorable moments.
Camping in Geoje
Camping is one of the favorite activities of the locals & tourists alike. You will see the majority of people camping around the beaches, Parks & mountain beds. If you want to experience the gorgeous natural surrounding, camping is the way to vacation in Geoje.
People who love outdoor activities usually carry their own camping equipment. Otherwise, you can rent it out as per your schedule. Camping equipment is available for rent.
Hakdong Black Pearl, also famous as Pebble beach, is one of the favorite camping sites. The water is shallow, perfect for swimming. There are many eateries around to relish some must-try South Korean food.
Apart from beaches, you could also camp around mountains or in natural surroundings. There are many lovely mountains on this island. I am going to cover more about it in the next topic.
Do you know what does Geoje mean? It means ‘providing great rescue’ or ‘treating others with kindness. Quite true!
Go Hiking in Geoje
Hiking is yet another favorite among the residents & visitors alike. Koreans love to keep fit. They often indulge in many outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, paragliding, horse riding, sailboat just to name a few. If you think Taekwando is the only game Koreans like, you are grossly mistaken.
One surprising thing you will notice when you go hiking in Geoje is that you will always find company no matter where you are hiking. Hiking is not just for the professional, you will see people of all ages up at the submit.
Holidays are not just about sightseeing. You must spend some time exploring the local culture, people, food, and natural beauty. If you are an adventure lover, hiking will be a great option for a lovely vacation in Geoje.
I was shocked to see Halmeoni (할머니) meaning grandma at the top of Guksabong mountain. To my utter disbelief, she was carrying a baby wrapped around her. While I was panting, she was all smiling. Talk about being fit!
You won’t need any app or map to reach these hiking places. All the tourist spots in Geoje and around South Korea are marked by a red T. You simply need to follow the markings. It can’t get any simpler.
I have given all the detail in my blog post. There are as many as 10 beautiful mountains in Geoje island.
The hiking gears are readily available in many sports shops across the island. So what are you waiting for? Grab your hiking shoes & scale a mountain. The view from the top is surely going to take your breath away.
Travel Tip– You will not find any convenience store or cafe near the mountains. It is always advisable to carry enough water & food for your entire trip.
Hit the beaches
Geoje, the island city, has a spectacular coastline. The pristine white sand beaches are a hit among people of all ages. Swim, sunbathe, indulge in water sports, or just laze around but you wouldn’t want to return home for sure.
There are many big and small beaches on the island. I would like to mention the best 5 beaches of Geoje. They are not huge like Miami beach or beaches you might see in other countries, they are enough to make you day!
A good thing is the majority of these beaches are within the city limit. You will find activities, shops, cafes here. But do not worry, these places are not overly crowded, except for major holidays or weekends. Even on these days, they are reasonably serene in comparison to the major city beaches.
- Waheyeon Sand Beach
- Yeocha Pebble Beach ( Heungnam Beach)
- Deokpo Beach ( Nangso Pebble Beach)
- Gujura Beach
- Myeongsa Beach
You will find all the details about these best beaches of Geoje at the end of the article. Do not forget to check it out. Some of them are pretty interesting.
Did you know, the sounds of rolling pebbles along waves was selected as TOP 100 beautiful sounds
Rent A Pension
Pension or vacation homes are quite popular in South Korea. A pension is quintessentially a rental apartment. The concept of renting an apartment for a short-term basis was popular in South Korea even before Airbnb & Oyo rooms made it cool.
A great thing about renting a property in South Korea is that you will never have an unpleasant experience of the dirty or filthy property. Cleanliness and Hygiene are a part of Korean culture.
Throughout my stay and numerous trip to almost all of South Korea, I’ve never found a dirty hotel room or pension. You get the value for money and much more.
Almost all of these hotels, motels, and pensions provide good quality Korean Toiletries (Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, face cream, toothbrush set, a small comb, dental floss, makeup remover wipes, etc). The items I’ve listed here are standard, you might find some additions or a couple of other things added to the welcome kit.
Apart from the things mentioned above, they always provide indoor disposable slippers. It is pretty convenient and comfortable. Saves you the hassle of caring slip-on.
The practice of providing indoor footwear comes from their popular culture. Koreans, just like Japanese, do not bring outdoor footwear inside of the house. Every member of the family has their own indoor slippers. They also keep a spare or two for the guests.
You will find well-equipped, tastefully decorated pensions all around the country to suit your budget. If you do not like the restricted hotel rooms, pensions are a great option to look up to.
They offer a more familiar & cozy feel. Make it your home for some days. You will love the change!
Geoje is a paradise for seafood lovers. You will find an ample variety of seafood & seaweeds ( if you have a liking for it. It is quite healthy though!). You can also check out the Fishing village experience.
It is basically a specialized tourism program that offers a fishing experience, Sea farm experience & camping facilities. The experience is unique where you get to live in a gorgeous place surrounded by sea. You will get a sneak peek into the life of fishermen and learn about their way of life.
In the olden days, fishing used to be a primary occupation for the people of Korea. They lived off the bounties from the sea, sold products, and done fish harvesting.
Even today people follow the traditional fishing techniques to keep a tie with their culture. You will find museums and galleries dedicated to this practice.
There are some sites that offer package deals for this experience. You can make your booking online & enjoy the fun activity.
Some of the Fishing Experience Villages are listed below
- Isudo Fishing Experience Village
- Ssanggeun Fishing Experience Village
- Dojangpo Fishing Experience Village
- Gyedo Fishing Experience Village
Up for Kayaking or Jet Skiing?
Beaches in Geoje have plenty of activities to keep you engaged for a good amount of time. Jet skiing, Kayaking, Water ski, Banana boat rides among many other maritime activities are perfect for a fun-filled vacation.
Many adventure sports clubs are active in these areas. You can easily google them and get in touch through their website.
Another way is to visit them, learn about the package and deals, and decide what would like to incorporate in your itinerary.
Good thing is that you do not require any special training or skills to enjoy these water sports. The instructors will explain all the nitty-gritty, make you comfortable with the requirements before letting you do it.
Holiday means some fun and adventure. Won’t it be cool to add some fun activities while you vacation in Geoje?
Try Deokpo Zip Line Sealine
If you love adventure or simply want to see the world from a different angle, try this!! Hang 17 M above the sea & zip, zap, zoom. Deokpo Zipline Sealine is a Must-Do activity.
Don’t expect the adrenaline rush or anything like that. It is a short zip line at the beach across one end to another. It would hardly take a few minutes. Consider it something like a fun ride that you take in an amusement park. Short and fun!
However, you will catch a gorgeous bird-eye view of the beach and surrounding areas. A change of perspective drastically changes the view.
Top Things to do in Geoje
I hope now you have plenty of ideas to spend your vacation in Geoje. There are some fun activities that you can do, places you can explore and try new experiences.
Just in case you were looking for famous places to see in Geoje, I have listed many of them down below. I have included all necessary details about these places including address, opening hours, what to expect there, and many more.
I am sure it will help you make a perfect Geoje itinerary for one day or more depending on your vacation plans.
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I can go on and on about this gorgeous Island. I admit I am a little biased towards this small paradise as I lived here for 5 years and totally fell in love with its calm lifestyle and serene surroundings. It wasn’t simply living but a totally fun vacation in Geoje.
Bonus Tip– If you have a few days to spare, include Tongyeong in your travel plan. It is a beautiful coastal city with some good places to explore and not very far from Geoje.
You can plan a fabulous vacation in Geoje provided you know the right places and experiences to include in your itinerary. I have tried to provide detailed information on the Best vacation options in Geoje.
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I am pretty keen to know your experience and opinion about the place. I would love to see your take on this little island. Tell me if you enjoyed your stay or not so much! Your opinion will help others to plan their trip.
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