Seogwipo Harbour and Submarine Tour

Here comes the series of posts from our recent family trip to South Korea! First of all, April is a good month to travel to Korea, because the weather during the day is perfect. Our trip was 10 days in total, but minus all the travelling, we spent 4 days in Jeju island and 4 days in Seoul. Thanks to a friend’s advice, we chose to go to Jeju first, and it turned out to be a great decision because we did so much shopping in Seoul it would have been troublesome to lug all the extra weight to Jeju and back.

Our first day in Jeju was spent in Seogwipo, a small fishing town at the south end of the island. Because we stayed at a hotel in Jeju City, at the north end of the island, the cab ride to Seogwipo took close to an hour. We were there for the submarine tour, but by the time we arrived at 10 in the morning the tour was already booked all the way until 1 PM, so we had some time to kill. If you are interested in the tour, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment and get the exact tour timing you want, although we weren’t able to do that because the website was in Korean. Ask a local to help you make the booking if required. The area around the harbour is pretty for walking about and taking photos, though, and we did just that.

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The submarine tour itself lasted about an hour and if I’m being completely honest, was not worth the SGD 70 per person we paid for it. Of course we were all psyched about being in a submarine for the first time, but the ride itself was not very exciting. We went to a depth of 40 m, saw colourful corals and a small shipwreck, and just like that, we surfaced and the tour ended. I think you could give this a miss unless you’re really curious about the experience.

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Photos by Arnold Hozana

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