• Data and cellular coverage is ubiquitous along the east coast of Taiwan. Laura rented a cell phone with a local Taiwanese SIM card for less than $100/month. When her data ran out, she simply purchased more at the local 7-Eleven. Kelly purchased an international plan from her US provider that included talk, text, and data for $45/month. Both had cell service in every town they visited.
  • VHF radios are commonly used by kayakers for communicating in Taiwan. Similar to the United States, channel 16 is the emergency channel. Marine handheld VHF radios are difficult, if not impossible to purchase once you arrive in Taiwan - so don't forget to pack your radio!
  • SPOT and InReach devices are also used by Taiwanese paddlers and adventurers. And like VHF radios, theses devices will be difficult to purchase after arriving in Taiwan.



  • It is permissible to camp on nearly every beach you encounter along the east coast of Taiwan. The only exceptions we found were in Jialeshuei and Haulien.  No fees, no applications, no permits!
  • Contrary to the beaches, you will need to obtain advance permission if you are looking to paddle into one of the countless small fishing harbors along the east coast of Taiwan.
  • Perhaps more numerous than the fishing harbors are Taiwanese coast guard stations. Both the local police and coast guard will provide assistance including potable water, restrooms, WiFi and power outlets, and the occasional shower!  If you are looking for a safe camping spot, you can always camp out in front of the police or coast guard stations - seriously, you won't get arrested for loitering!