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.
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 with the sloping mountain just across the water from Danshui.
The shophouses along the waterfront at Danshui…
The ferry boat starts to speed ahead…
The main promenade of Danshui in the distance as our boat drifts further away from shore.
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.
The Lover’s Bridge at the Fisherman’s Wharf Danshui.
Our ferry boat docked at the pier.
Various random fishing boats docked around Lover’s Bridge.
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.
Walking to the top of Lover’s Bridge.
Views of the ocean and mountain from the top of Lover’s Bridge.
Views of the docks from the top of Lover’s Bridge.
View of the eateries that stretch around the docks from the top of Lover’s Bridge.
View of the other side of the docks from the Lover’s Bridge…the sun is ready to set!
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…
People gathering near the docks for the sunset.
The sun is now setting! Nice pink skies forming!
Closeup view of the sunset. Simply Amazing!
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 as night is forming.
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.
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 (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!