Deokjeokdo. It takes about one and a half hour to get there from Incheon Coastal Passenger Terminal.
They run 2 to 4 ferries a day. Except for adverse weather conditions, they keep the schedule.
There are two types of transportation in the island: One is to use vehicles provided by accommodations, and the other is to get on public buses. Buses are run on two lines.
The biggest beach in the island is Seopori beach in Seopori, Deokjeok-meon.
It takes about 15 minutes from quay to the beach. When you are at the beach, thick old-pine-tree woods come first before the sea. The colony of pine-trees curves. It seems that they are dancing. The pine trees, which wriggle their way and stand tall, look like living creature. In a foggy day, the trees make a dreamy atmosphere.
The colony of pine-trees extends itself around Seopori beach. “Seopori wellbeing walkway” is located there.
While visitors are walking in the trees, their bodies are smeared by see breeze loaded with pine-scent. The refreshing mood will not be easily forgotten even after visitors return to normal livelihoods.
Passing by the trees and reaching the beach, visitors will be surprised at the scale that is larger than expected. The curving beach surrounded by a mountain looks cozy.
Sea-side view makes an illusion of being at the archipelago of the South Sea. It becomes a landscape, which has us realize the vanity of daily routine in cities. It makes us think of slow life. Visitors can enjoy swimming and digging out clams. Some go fishing from the rocks on the seashore. The beach is a perfect place for young and old.
It’s time to move on a hill within a walking distance. At a sunset terrace on top of the hill, you just admire the sun goes down the sea. The sky, sea, and islands are ablaze. It may move you to tears.
It doesn’t stop there. Batjireum beach and Neung-dong gravel-yard beach also attract tourists.
Batjireum beach is neat, yet it has its own charming point: the colony of old pine-trees surrounds the beach. The trees seem to have old and wise men’s generosity, the wisdom of age, and composure. Visitors can camp here. The old pine-trees will not spare not only comfort, but good air and energy.
While driving up to the north, you encounter Neung-dong gravel-yard beach. Uneven gravels stretch along the seashore. Walking on them gives you a good feeling. At the end of the seaside, there is a towering rock: Seondol rock. The rock offers the nature’s mystery. Beside the rock, listen to the sounds that are made by waves touching the gravels. In spite of yourself, you are becoming part of the nature. It is where the Mother Nature embraces you.
If you want to see more thick and great colony of pine-trees, then visit Deokjeok elementary-, middle-, and high-school. More than 150 year old pine-trees are boasting its presence. 650 and more red pine-trees present a great sight. They are said to be the best in fog.
To taste local products, Songlim Garden in Seopo-ri would be the ideal place. It serves tofu made with beans grown up in Deokjeokdo. Soft Tofu and Tofu Hot Pot are delicious.