Intertidal Belt Fun Center
The impression of Chiayia��s Budai Township is a picture of fishing pier, sunshine, fresh oysters and salt farms. Budai Township has 280 days of sunshine in a year, as shown in the weather statistics. No wonder, the air here smells like a blend of sunshine and sea breezes – a bit salty, a bit warm. This tour is an experience of a typical fishing village.
Compared to Dongshi, another coastal town of Chiayi, the port of Budai seems to be a busier hub filled with activities. That is because the Budai Port hosts not only fishing boats, but also commercial boats and yachts. Cruise liners, Today Star, Kaixuan No. 3, All Star No. 1 and Pescadores, shuttle between Chiayia��s Budai Port and Penghua��s Magong Port. These luxuriously decorated cruise liners provide the highest comfort for an exclusive excursion on the beautiful sea. But if we really want to pick a sight from all the interesting spots along the coastline, I would say the oyster farms are the uncontested winner.
Visit the Ranch on the Sea on a Fishing Boat
We were looking to dig deep inside Budaia��s coastal area and different sources of information led us to the Intertidal Belt Fun Center. The owner, Mr. Chen Kuan-Kuei, was once in the red hot industry of electronics, while all his family members have been in the fishery industry for years. His father has been an oyster farmer for several decades. As a son of a fisherman, he had first-hand insights to the diminishing of fishery resources. Thus, he began to think about the possibilities of redeveloping the fishery industry. He returned to his hometown, began planning a tour on the sea with his friends and family, received the first license for recreational fishing boat issued in Chiayi County and launched his fishing boat as an ocean cruise liner. His tour takes visitors deep into the true life of coastal Chiayi – the sea of Budai.
Currently, Chen Kuan-Kuei runs three recreational routes on the sea. Route 1: sandbank tour. This is 80-minute tour is the shortest route, suitable for visitors who are on a rush. Route 2: Bazhang Creek, sandbank, mangrove forest and oyster farm. Route 3: Budai Port and sea cruise. This 3-hour cruise takes visitors through the a�?ranch on the seaa�? – the oyster farms, including sampling of fresh oysters right out of the shell.