Highlights of Jeju

  • Port

    Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    5½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Jeju-do is as Korea's largest volcanic island, blessed with beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls and the world’s largest lava tube. It's also famous for the female divers called haenyeo. Keeping alive a centuries-old tradition of free-diving for shellfish, seaweed, abalone, octopus and shells, the women who undertake this task today still do it without air tanks or modern diving equipment.

Travel along a winding, scenic route to the small coastal town of Hado-ri for a visit to the Haenyeo Museum, which honors the divers’ accomplishments. Dedicated to generations of female divers, it explores the history and modern lives of these skilled women through exhibits of tools, clothing, and documents. Outside the museum, the observatory offers magnificent ocean views.

Sunrise Peak (Seongsan) is recognized for its dramatic landscape. Formed by a volcanic eruption 100,000 years ago, craggy, vertical cliffs rise to 295 feet and the crater on top measures almost 2,000 feet in diameter. Situated on the easternmost tip of the island, this is the first spot in the area to see the morning sun -- hence its name. Well-maintained pathways lead up to the top for breathtaking views. Those who make the climb are rewarded -- not just at sunrise, but at any time of the day -- with views of the spectacular sapphire-blue ocean, yellow wildflowers and green, rolling hills. (Seongsan) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its dramatic landscape. Formed by a volcanic eruption 100,000 years ago, craggy, vertical cliffs rise to 295 feet and the crater on top measures almost 2,000 feet in diameter. Situated on the easternmost tip of the island, this is the first spot in the area to see the morning sun -- hence its name. Well-maintained pathways lead up to the top for breathtaking views. Those who make the climb are rewarded -- not just at sunrise, but at any time of the day -- with views of the spectacular sapphire-blue ocean, yellow wildflowers and green, rolling hills.

Next it’s your chance to see the famous haenyeo divers in action (weather permitting). Walk to the beach and watch as each diver puts on her goggles and special dive suit, basket and water tube. Black and white dots bob on the surface of the water. The white spots are floats used to hold the catch bags, and the black dots are actually the haenyeo in their black neoprene dive suits. The women can normally hold their breath for up to three minutes. They dive down as far as 65 feet, staying out of the reach of the occasional jellyfish or shark.

At Sangumburi Crater, you’ll discover that volcanic eruption here wasn’t spectacular for its lava flow or cone remnant. Rather, it involved a quantity of molten rock that flew from the volcano and cooled into many exotic and interesting shapes, which you’ll see dotted about the landscape here.

Climb back aboard the motor coach for a scenic drive back to the pier, punctuated by some free time at a souvenir shop.

Notes:

Wear sturdy walking shoes.