Original video from Formosa News TV channel
Situated south of the mouth of Kaoping River, Liuqiu is governed by Pingtung County and the only one coral island of Taiwan’s offshore islands. As most of the islanders make their living by fishing, Liuqiu is characterized by various goods of local fish specialties and a lifestyle of fishing village. The ground inclines gently towards northeast. There are odd coral rocks eroded by the sea alongside the coast, cliffs in the south and small rare sandy beaches on the western coast.
Although Liuqiu, the only coral island of Taiwan’s offshore islands, is covered with limestone, the coral substances can be easily found anywhere. The coral creatures lived together and secreted calcium substances which deposited and then composed coral reefs. Generation after generation, coral creatures adhered to the dead ones and gradually made up coral reefs with limestone. The well known tourist attractions composed of coral with limestone on the island are Black Dwart Cave, Beauty Cave, Sanzu Ditch, and so on. The coral with limestone on Liuqiu is similar to that of Fengsan. The soil on the four terraces of the island look red due to plenty of the remains of iron oxide and silicon oxide after being weathered for a long period of time. Therefore, the land is dry and infertile and not suitable for planting.
Liuqiu’s climate is dry and warm. Its highest average temperature is 27.9°C in July and lowest average temperature is 17°C in March. The average annual rainfall is about 1000 mm. The maximum average monthly rainfall is 2,657 mm in June and the minimum average monthly rainfall is 1.9 mm in December. In typhoon season during summer and fall, Liuqiu undergoes the highest frequency of being hit by typhoon in all of Taiwan’s islands. Therefore, the islander takes the threat of typhoon, such as strong winds and huge waves, into consideration before constructing buildings and facilities.
No matter you want to learn diving or just coming for diving trip. We have two resorts let you to choice. If you would like to stay in the civic with pub and stores around, then we recommend you to book Stay Hotel. However, if you would like quiet and natural environment, then the Eight Villas will be your best choice. It's on the hill beside the ocean, a little bit far away from the pier, with fresh air, swimming pool, and a wide grass land. Those two resorts are run by a family, who also the member of Liuqiu Ecological Preservation. It's a Marine Conservation NGO, their main purposes are underwater and beach cleaning.