fisherman's wharf at danshui taipei

Further down the coast from the Danshui old street area in northern Taipei, is a little port called Fisherman’s Wharf.  It is for many years where fisherman would dock their boats to unload their catch of the day.  It is also a great place where you can enjoy a stroll through the docks and catch the sunset.  Luckily for my wife and I, we reached the Fisherman’s Wharf just in time to see the amazing sunset.  Here’s how it all went…     

There were many ways to get to Fisherman’s Wharf from the Danshui old street area.  Taxi’s, and bus were common ways to get there.  However my wife and I decided to take the ferry boat instead, since the views will be nicer.  We boarded the ferry boat just at a dock near the waterfront of the Danshui old street and it cost about 100 Taiwan Dollars (about 3.00 USD) per person for a round trip to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

fisherman's wharf ferry

The dock where we boarded the ferry boat to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Once on the boat, we took the back seat which was outdoors to enjoy the views of the area.  In the far distance you can see the mountains on Bali island (not the same Bali as in Indonesia though), and also the waterfront township of Danshui.  You can also see old relics such as the old forts that were left behind during the Spanish colonial times.  It was a pretty cool way to see all of Danshui.

bali island at danshui

Bali Island with the sloping mountain just across the water from Danshui.

danshui waterfront

The shophouses along the waterfront at Danshui…

fisherman wharf ferry boat speeds ahead

The ferry boat starts to speed ahead…

danshui scenery

The main promenade of Danshui in the distance as our boat drifts further away from shore.

danshui fort

You can see in the far left and center (the one with the two towers peaks), one of the old Spanish forts and old church.

The mountain views in the background.

The entire ferry ride took about 15 minutes and once we reached Fisherman’s Wharf, you will see the Lover’s Bridge, a single slanted tower cable pedestrian bridge which was modeled after a ship’s mass and sail.  The name was given for the fact that many couples will spend their time here catching up with the scenery and to catch the sunset. There were also many eateries along the dock, which was pretty cool.

fisherman wharf lover's bridge danshui

The Lover’s Bridge at the Fisherman’s Wharf Danshui.

danshui ferry boat

Our ferry boat docked at the pier.

fishing boats at fisherman's wharf

Various random fishing boats docked around Lover’s Bridge.

fisherman's wharf

The many eateries that line up near the docks.

The views at the Fisherman’s Wharf was pretty nice.  Now I fully understood why a bridge called Lover’s Bridge was created there.  It was definitely a good place to bring your “date” and just chill out.  For my wife and I, it was great…this was kind of the break we needed from the hectic city life in downtown Taipei.

viewing area at fisherman's wharf - lovers and couples everywhere

Viewing area at Fisherman’s Wharf.

on top of the lover's bridge at fisherman's wharf, danshui

Walking to the top of Lover’s Bridge.

views

Views of the ocean and mountain from the top of Lover’s Bridge.

views from the top of lover's bridge - fisherman's wharf danshui tamsui

Views of the docks from the top of Lover’s Bridge.

views of the eateris at fisherman's wharf

View of the eateries that stretch around the docks from the top of Lover’s Bridge.

lover's bridge...the sun is starting to set!

View of the other side of the docks from the Lover’s Bridge…the sun is ready to set!

viewing platform fisherman's wharf sunset

Back down to the viewing platform where the docks were.  With the sun peeping through the clouds.

As the sun started to prepare to set, my wife and I went back down to the docks to grab a seat to catch the sunset.  People were already starting to crowd around to get a good spot to sit to catch the sunset!  We reached just in time, and here’s what we saw…

crowds at the dock for sunset at fisherman's wharf danshui tamsui

People gathering near the docks for the sunset.

sunset at fisherman's wharf danshui tamsui

The sun is now setting!  Nice pink skies forming!

sunset at fisherman's wharf

Closeup view of the sunset.  Simply Amazing!

sunset almost complete

The sunset just about finishing…such a nice view!

As the sunset finished, and night started to form, my wife and I headed back to the ferry to go back to the main area of Danshui to catch the subway train back home.  Before we boarded the ferry, I just took a few more pics of the Fisherman’s Wharf and Lover’s Bridge.

Bye bye Fisherman’s Wharf.  I will be back to see you again soon…

fisherman's wharf at night

Fisherman’s Wharf as night is forming.

lover's bridge at night

The same shot of the Lover’s Bridge as when we arrived, but with night time approaching.

Visitor’s Information to Fisherman’s Wharf – Danshui, Taipei:

Nearest MRT Subway:  Danshui MRT station.  Take the ferry boats near the Danshui old street area.

Ferry cost:  100 Taiwan Dollars (about 3.00 USD) per person for round trip to Fisherman’s Wharf

Admission:  Admission is FREE.

fisherman's wharf location map to take ferry

Location map of where to catch the ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf in Danshui.   Highlighted in green is the Danshui MRT.  Highlighted in red is where to buy the ferry tickets and to board the ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf.

location map of fisherman's wharf danshui tamsui

Location map of Fisherman’s wharf (highlighted in orange).   The red path shows the ferry route taken to reach Fisherman’s wharf.

 

What other places have you been to catch the sunset?  How was it?  Please share your experiences in the comments below!  Cheers!

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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16 Responses to Fisherman’s Wharf at Danshui Taipei – Such a Beautiful Sunset!

  1. steph says:

    nice review of danshui ! it’s on my must-visit list when i go to taipei at the end of sept. may i ask what time does the sun set so that i can gauge what time to reach fisherman’s wharf? i’ve read that the sunset in taipei is early. Thanks!!

    • Alec says:

      HI Steph;

      My apologies for the delayed reply…

      Depending on the day itself, the sunset should happen between 5:30pm to 6:00pm. I would recommend you to get there earlier, because there will be some lead time to board the ferry boat to the Fisherman’s wharf. Also, it will be a good idea to go earlier to grab a nice spot on the boardwalk there to view the sunset!

      Happy Traveling

      Alec

  2. Hannah says:

    I am planning a trip to Taipei and found your post useful! Thanks! (:

  3. Jaslyn says:

    Hi,

    May I know if the ferry pier is near the Danshui MRT, is it visible and a near walking distance?

    Secondly, I would like to know if there are many cabs at danshui old street/fisherman’s wharf & also the lover’s bridge? As an alternative transport means.

    Would greatly appreciate your reply, cheers! :)

    • Alec says:

      Hi Jaslyn

      yes the ferry pier is within walking distance, just walk along the coast line as shown in the map above.

      there is also cabs around there, but you will need to flag them down, but i really recommend to take the ferry, it gives you quite a great view of the area

      Cheers

      Alec

  4. Raja says:

    Thank u for the information and the pics. i will be there in November and this will be my first time. Thanks a bunc.

  5. elba388 says:

    Not one of the various postings I’ve come across are like this one. You can tell alot of work went into this.

    • Alec says:

      Thanks for compliments!

      Do come back and follow us by liking the facebook page or subscribe to our email!

      Lots of updates on Asia!

  6. Shen says:

    Love this post! Good information esp. pic of the dock and the maps at the last portion. Thank you :)

  7. yongkie says:

    Hi Alec,
    my thumbs up for your nice and very informatife reviews. I plan to go to Taiwan next week and I will for sure visits fisher’s man wharf by ferry.
    Thanks a lt for your posting
    Cheers,

    • Alec Chan says:

      Hi Yongkie

      Thanks! And glad you are finding the information useful!

      Be sure to like our facebook fan page and share this information to your friends!

      Have a great trip to Taiwan =)

      Alec

  8. tracee1733 says:

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  9. If I could come across some more posts like this one, that would be marvelous.

  10. Churros says:

    Hi Alec, around how long was the walk from Danshui MRT to the ferry boarding point? And do you still happen to remember what time the ferry service ended? Haha wouldn’t want to end up buying round trip tickets only to miss the last ferry back.

  11. Jason says:

    Hi Alec,

    Nice blog you have there. Could i check with you is there any frequency timing for the ferry ride near to tamsui old town to fisherman wharf and back? Thanks

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