Jeju is a volcanic island,
so even with some sandy beaches the most unique thing is a combination of sandy parts with black lava rocks. Here is a description of some famous seaside formations and beaches having official names (Jeju has plenty of unknown and wild spots). The beaches are officially open (life guards watch that no one swims out of the buoy area) from the end of June to the end of August – the period of Korean vacation. The water on the Southern beaches is warm from May to October.
Jungmun Beach – one of the most popular places, located near hotel area of Jungmun and only 10 min drive from our Jejueco Suites, Jungmun can be reached from Pacific Land and from Hyatt and Shilla Hotels. Big waves in July – Aug, so September can be in general the best time. Location: 14 km west from Seogwipo.
Hyopje and Gumnung – two beaches next to each other on the Western side of Jeju, it is a good alternative to swim when Jungmun has big waves, it is a very quiet beach with emerald water, excellent view on Byangdo Islet. Sometimes there is a strong current, which changes from the peak of low and high tide.
Hamdeok – another exciting beach with emerald water, on the side of the jetty you can see a lot of fish while you are snorkeling. This beach also has the longest stretch of sand on Jeju and has several seafood restaurants nearby
Hwasun Beach – this beach is located in a very beautiful place adjacent to a windy headland called “Dragon’s head”. Near the beach is the big port of Hwasun and a power station. Medium waves.
Kwakji– a nice beach worth a visit in the North-West.
Iho– beach with gray sand, not far from Jeju airport. Also attracts a lot of visitors at night time due to its well lit areas. Samyang Beach – – located on the East side of Jeju City, is popular among Koreans who like to stay covered in warm black sand with their clothes on – it is said to be effective for rheumatism and obesity. This beach is more famous for its sand than swimming.
Kimnyong – good North beach, not far from Manjang Gul Caves.
Udo Island Beach – a real exotic beach with white coral sand – the only one in Korea. This beach is really unique. The ferry to Udo Island goes daily from Songsan port.
Wedolge Rock. The name of the area Oedolge means “lonely standing rock” – This 20metre rock pillar stands alone just off the seashore. Oedolge has many stories to tell and fairytales about the rock are an interesting way to discover how Oedolgae was formed. This rock is made more fascinating by the story behind it however it is definitely worth a visit. The park itself is very picturesque: small bays are lapped by emerald water in calm weather.
Hexagonal Seaside Rocks (Jusangjeoli) have been formed by the contraction phenomenon, which occurs when volcanic magma is exposed and cooled on earth. It is an unusual rock formation created by the erosion from the ocean, waves, and wind. It appears as if someone stacked a pile of hexagonal crystals on the seashore.