Beaches open as peak water sport season begins
△ Summer is on its way as people visit one of Busan's seven beautiful beaches for various marine leisure activities. (left one source: Suyeong-gu office)
When spring is over, Busan becomes the hottest city in Korea. Every summer, people from all over the country flock to their favorite beach. However, the wide selection of marine leisure sports such as surfing, kayaking and yachting make Busan the place to be anytime.
Multiple services and programs are available here, making it an ideal locale to try countless marine leisure sports. For example, skin scuba diving in Songdo Beach, kiteboarding and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) in Dadaepo Beach, Surfing in Songjeong Beach, yachting in Haeundae Beach and kayaking in Suyeong river.
Songjeong Beach, the birthplace of surfing in Busan, is the most popular. It is known as the best place for surfing because it has low water depth, endless waves and high average water temperature. Private surfing businesses can be found along the beach, so everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy surfing.
Another place to enjoy various marine sports is the Gwangalli Marine Leisure Sports Center, located in the southwestern area of Gwangalli Be-ach. A popular program recently is S-UP (Stand Up Paddleboard), a sport where the user stands on a board and paddles using a long oar. It is popular because it does not require much eff-ort. Also, kayaks, jet skis and motob-oats are available to rent. Package deals are available to those who would like to try more than one sport.
The table (below) lists marine leisure sports experience institutions and operating facilities.
※ All services subject to cancellation or change due to COVID-19 or inclement weather.
■ Haeundae Beach & Songjeong Beach open on June 1
Starting June 1, Busan City will have a soft opening of the Haeundae and Songjeong Beach sections. At Haeundae Beach, a 300-meter section from the event square to the tourist information center will be open. Also, at Songjeong, a 150-meter section from the tourist information center toward Jukdo will open.
All beaches will officially open July 1. For participating beaches, the rental of vacation equipment such as parasols and tubes will begin that same day, weather permitting. Police, firefighters, administrative personnel and lifeguards prepare for the season to ensure everyone is safe.