Welcome to Things To Rave About! Today is the day of the letter U at the April A to Z blogging challenge and I have decided to write about Udo Island from Jeju, South Korea. I went to Jeju in June 2013 and fell in love with the scenic beauty evident at every inch of the island. Udo island is the biggest island near Jeju and has many tourist attractions under its belt. I, with my husband and our friends, spent a total of 4 hours at Udo Island and enjoyed every second of our visit. I would highly recommend you check out Udo Island when you plan to visit Jeju. In 4 hours, we packed a lot of fun activities but you can spend a whole day to spend at the beautiful beaches of Udo and explore this island.
Fun fact, Udo Island is named so because it resembles a lying cow (lying down).
Getting to Udo Island from Jeju mainland:
Udo Island is on the eastern side of Jeju island and is visible from the Seongsan Illculbong peak and vice versa. Ferries leave for Cheonjinhang Harbor (Udo Island) from Seongsan harbour (Jeju island) every hour from 7 am to 5.30 pm (check the timing as it changes with seasons).
There are a lot of fun activities to do in Udo island from Jet Ski, Speed Boat, ATV, Hiking, Bike tour to Bus tour! We chose ATV and Speed boat!
The first thing we did when we reached Udo island was to get ATVs for us. We got 4 (for 7 people) and embarked on a 2 hour ride around the beautiful Udo island. From the map of the coastal road, we knew we had to cover 3 beaches, 1 lighthouse park, peak and 2 caves so we did not stop for more than 15 minutes at one stop. Just took a few pictures in chasing another stop.
The first stop was the Seobin Baeksa beach. It is something out of this world. It is a “white sand beach” which technically is filled wit corals. The sand, breathtakingly beautiful, is difficult to walk in but it is sooooo beautiful. The water is also really beautiful and I can spend a whle day sitting at that beach. I did collect a few tiny shells there but we had a lot to cover so left within 15 minutes.
The second stop was the Hagosudong beach. The water looked very beautiful from a distance but this beach was not that beautiful. If you compare it to some other beaches around the world, it might not look that bad but the sand was very smooth, too smooth to comfortablly walk in (plus Seobin Baska raised our standards too much) and the beach was not that clean. We took a few photos and left within 10 minutes.
The next stop was a tower on the rocky beach side and we got a few photos there. We did not even spend 5 minutes and continued on our journey.
The third main stop was right on the left of the Udo peak! The Lighthouse park is also situated there but we figured we only had an hour to explore the rest of the island and return the ATVs so we took a few photos from a distance and marched forward.
After riding for about 25 minutes, taking wrong turns and waiting for our friends, we reached the harbour again (35 minutes too soon). So we took a U turn to find the caved which looked beautiful in the photos (on the tour guide booklet). After about 30 minutes of more photos, individual shots of us with ATV we came back and returned the ATV.
We were so interested in the caves that we asked someone to see them, luckily he spoke English and told us that the last speed boat ride of the day would begin in 10 minutes. We were delighted! Three of the main attractions (2 caves including Dongangyeonggul Cave and 1 rock) can only be seen through the speed boat ride! The water on that side was Cobalt blue and waves were intense. I have never felt my heart beating so fast IN MY MOUTH! Despite being on waves and riding a speedboat, I managed to take a couple of clear shots (17 are shaky)!
If we had more time, we would have definitely hiked on the Udo bong peak, explored the lighthouse park and spent some time at the Seobin Baeska beach. But the last ferry of the day was leaving in 15 minutes when we came back from the speed boat ride so we just left!
Jeju has been my best holiday yet. I experienced many special firsts of my life there – white sandy beach, collecting shells, lava cave, submarine ride, scuba diving and riding an ATV! Jeju is rightly called the Hawaii of South Korea! Udo island is a part of the Jeju experience and I will highly recommend adding it to your itinerary!