I heard someone say that maybe because we have so many beaches in the Philippines, going to Korea in summer for the famed Haeundae Beach wouldn't be as exciting. Busan is so close to the open sea and the cliffside views are a sight to see starting with the Oryukdo Skywalk. As for the beach, I liked it because it's in the city unlike ours (where the closest is around 3 to 4 hours from Manila), it's summer there when it's rainy here and there's an underground aquarium if it gets too hot.
Our tour guide took us to the Oryukdo Skywalk first, which is located at the Igidae Park. You can see the Oryukdo Islands - sometimes 5 or 6 depending on the water level and angle. This is a view from the parking.
There's an information center there and a coffee shop. This stop is part of the Igidae Galmaetgil (hiking course).
Entrance is free to the viewdeck.
If you have more time, following the trail and getting up close to the rocks and water looks fun (good exercise too!). Perhaps you can find the grandma divers (haenyo) there..
We didn't exert much effort from the skywalk. You'd have to wear shoe covers though to protect the see-through glass. It's about a 40-meter drop.
I noticed stairs leading all the way down there!
Can you see the islands? From this point of view, it looks like 2 only but they are actually just in front of each other. 2 in front then 4 at the back with the lighthouse (our guide said). Check out some more info here and here.
Val and Ging are doing their selfies hehe.
If the fog clears up, I bet that's a beautiful backdrop of the Busan skyline.
I saw buses numbered 131 and 27 stopping here. You can also get here via Stop # 7 of the Busan City Tour Bus - Oryukdo Islands stop (with specific departure and arrival times)!
The good thing about tour buses is that they take you straight to the next destination in the itinerary. Our next stop was Haeundae Beach =) I've been here before but not at the peak of the summer season with all these parasols!
I asked our guide and the folks from the Busan Tourism Organization (BTO) and they said that you can rent them. Maybe this is where some local could help you translate.
There were many people, yes, but there's more than enough sand for everybody because the shoreline was long.
For a moment there, I wished I had around half a day or a whole day to do some beach bummin' in Busan.
The people were riding the waves near the shore and it was amusing to watch them. If our time wasn't so short, if I wasn't so tired from lack of sleep and I had tourmates willing to join me then I'd go in there too haha.
There are lots of hotels nearby and it's so convenient to just cross the street and change if ever. If not, there are some shower stalls with pay and toilets available.
Alas, we had to leave. Not that far away though because the Busan Sea Life Aquarium was right there. I've been here before and I was looking forward to some of the sea animals!
Here's a jackass penguin. They're fun to shoot. Sometimes they slow down in front of you and they seem to be posing for the camera! Haha.
I love the speed of this dolphin (or is this the porpoise?). While I'm not sure which ones are in here to recuperate, I hope they're just as happy as I was just watching them play.
I wasn't sure if these were the Convict Blenny or the Zebra Moray Eel. They look like Medusa's head to me hehe.
And at last - they still had the Jellyfish tanks! These made me love the Busan Aquarium more from the first time I went here. It's the only place, that I've discovered so far, where I could watch them without fear. You see, I'm absolutely terrified of them when they swim with me. But here, they look so beautiful and properly identified. I remember it used to be full though. So pretty...
Some children or most that I've passed just freak out when they go into this tunnel... I wouldn't blame them, it was like Jurassic Park for me so I was out of there in less than a minute or two haha.
I was mesmerized when I saw a lone ocean sunfish or mola mola. It's the heaviest known bonefish in the world..
This trip was made possible by Asiana Airlines Philippines, Korea Tourism Organization Manila, USTravel and the Busan Tourism Organization. Thank you so much for your continued support! Korea is now MERS-free as according to KTO and I just went there this August 2015.
Asiana Airlines flies once daily from Manila to Busan (3:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.) on an aircraft Airbus A321. You can book through your favorite travel agencies or at their site.