A day trip to Jeju Island isn’t the most common thing to do in Korea. But, it has been done before.

Basically, you’d choose a day trip over the typical 3 days 2 night itinerary to avoid having to travel around the island. The attractions are sparsely situation around, which is why tour groups tend to visit one area of the island per day.

Here’s our Jeju Island day trip itinerary that mainly targets the west, as well as some attractions near the airport.

View of a beach at Wollyeong, Jeju Island
View of a beach at Wollyeong, Jeju Island

But before we get into the attractions in Jeju Island, we have to settle the transportation.

The cheapest flights from Seoul to Jeju Island

I’ve been using Trip.com to find the cheapest flights from Seoul to Jeju Island. If you book early, you can get tickets as cheap as $60. But, only if you pick the right flights.

For starters, you’d want to avoid Fridays, especially the evenings, as the departure date. Many Koreans would pick the weekends for a short domestic trip.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically cheaper than other days, and the cheapest flights are generally the earliest, which starts from 6am. If it’s too early, you can pay an additional $5-10 for a flight that’s 1-2 hours later.

To return to Seoul, you’d want to avoid the weekends.

All these information is really just a rough guide. On some days, the flights are cheaper in the evening than in the morning. You can, of course, spend the night there for as low as $10 per person, which could potentially cover for the more expensive flight tickets in the morning.

But, just to set things in perspectives, a round-trip —  departure on Wednesday 6am and return on 9pm on the same day — costs $92.

Now, let’s talk about the attractions.

What to do in Jeju Island?

Geographically, the island is split into the north and south, also called Jeju-do and Seogwipo-si. But the attractions in Jeju Island are split into four areas: north, south, east and west.

The north and south are where the mainstream tourist attractions are, such as Dongmun Traditional Market and Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls. Personally, the east has nothing much to offer, while the west has beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and more niche tourist activities like alpaca feeding, go-karting, and tangerine picking.

1. Cafe hop in Aewol-city

Photo: @vacuum lord/Naver

The first stop is Aewol-city, a 1.5 hour bus ride from Jeju International Airport.

The quaint city is famous for its unrivaled sea view, and cluster of cafes.

Cafe Aewol Monsant is the most famous of them all, with an interrupted view of the sea. Diners can either dine indoors or al fresco; either way, the cafe’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls on all four sides will provide them with a sea view.

K-pop fans might have also heard of this cafe, as it is run by G-Dragon from Big Bang.

Location: 25-4 Aewollo 1(il)-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주 제주시 애월읍 애월북서길 56-1
Opening hours:
10:30am-7pm

2. Abalone Porridge at Eunhye Jeonbok

Photo: Eunhye Jeonbok

After getting a light bite at a cafe, and strolling around the area, it’s time to get lunch before a packed day around the west of Jeju Island.

Eunhye Jeonbok specialises in abalone porridge, a Jeju speciality.

Rice Porridge with Abalone costs ₩13,000, and you can also try their Stone Pot Rice with Abalone (₩15,000) or Abalone Soup in Earthernware Pot (₩15,000). iF you feel like treating yourself to an abalone feast, you can also get Grilled Abalone or Steamed Abalone at ₩20,000 for small and ₩30,000 for big.

Location: 2528, Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
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Opening hours:
9:40am-8pm

3. Tangerine Picking 

Experience the tangerine farmer life with just ₩5,000.

Gyulbit Jeju is a tangerine farm that is located right beside Eunhye Jeonbok.

The entry fee is ₩5,000 per person, which allows you to eat as much as you want inside. With an additional ₩5,000, you can also carry a basket into the farm to bring your pickings home.

The farm is open all year round but tangerine season in Jeju is between November and February.

Gyulbit Jeju

Location: Jeju-do Jeju-si Aeworwondang-gil 101
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Opening hours: 10am-5pm

4. Dochidol Alpaca Ranch

You have to visit Dochidol Alpaca Ranch if you love feeding animals.

Not only can you feed alpacas for free — there are buckets of food lying around the ranch — you can also enter the

The farm also houses other animals such as horses, goats and bunnies.

Dochidol Alpaca Ranch

Location: 98-1 Nabeup-ri, Aewol-eup, 특별자치도 Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주 제주시 애월읍 도치돌길 303 도치돌알파카목장
Opening hours: 10am-6pm

5. Hallim Park

Greenhouse for cactus at Hallim Park, nature theme park at Jeju Island
Greenhouse for cactus at Hallim Park

Hallim Park is a nature themed park that houses a variety of flora and fauna. It has nine different zones with different attractions — such as insects, animals, cactus, and even stalactite caves.

If it was too early for lunch in Aewol city earlier, you can dine at Dolharubang, a 30 year old traditional Korean restaurant inside Hallim Park. They’re famous for their one-portion Jeju Black Pork for ₩10,000

Tickets cost and can be purchased on Trazy or on-site.

Location: 300, Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주 제주시 한림읍 한림로 300
Opening hours:
Mar-Aug: 9am-5pm
Sep-Oct: 9am-5:30pm
Nov-Feb: 9am-6:30pm

6. Cactus Habitat hike

The Cactus Habitat at Wollyeong-ri is the only wild cactus colony in Korea that’s left in its natural state.

You can hike from Hallim Park to Cactus Habitate, which is along the Jeju Olle Trail, a long-distance footpath around the circumference of the island. Along the way, you’ll pass by Geumneung Beach and Wollyeong Port.

Location: Wollyeong-ri, Hallim-eup
제주특별자치도 제주시 한림읍 월령리

7. Ultramarine

A ten-minutes walk from the Cactus Habitat, Ultramarine Coffee is a seaside cafe secluded on the west coast of the island.

The two-storey cafe provides an interrupted view of the sea, which literally sparkles under the sun. No other beaches can compare to this.

Diners can choose between their Ultra Blend and Barista Wave. Both coffee beans are freshly roasted specially for Ultramarine. An espresso-based coffee starts from ₩5,000.

They also have a handful of small bites. Of which, the most attractive dessert was their Tiramisu (₩7,500)

Click here to read the full review.

Ultramarine

Location: 4611 Iljuseo-ro
제주 제주시 한경면 일주서로 4611
Opening hour: 11am-8pm

8. Jeju Dongmun Soy Marinated Crab

Jeju Yellow Crab has a slight astringency to its roe

It’s time to head back to the north for dinner. For one of the best dining experiences, which is also conveniently located near Jeju International Airport, we recommend Jeju Dongmun Soy Marinated Crab.

Soy Marinated Crab, or ganjang gejang, is a popular dish in Korea where raw crab is marinated in a soy sauce mix. It’s salty and spicy from the sauce, and creamy from the crab roe. It’s best eaten with rice, seaweed, and raw egg yolk.

The menu has four types of soy sauce marinated crabs: Female Crab (₩20,000), Male Crab (₩18,000), Jeju Yellow Crab (₩20,000) and Spicy Marinated Crab (₩12,000). Each crab is just enough for two people.

Click here to read the full review.

Location: 5-2 Dongmun-ro 6-gil
제주 제주시 동문로6길 5-2
Opening hours: 10am-9pm (last order 8:30pm)

9. Dongmun Traditional Market

Located beside the soy marinated crab restaurant, Dongmun Traditional Market is considered one of the most popular tourist attraction in Jeju Island. It’s also conveniently located beside Jeju International Airport. 

If time permits, drop by their food cart section to witness a performance of a lifetime — vendors dancing to electronic dance music, as they grill the food with huge flames.

Location: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주 제주시 관덕로14길 20
Opening hours: 8am-9pm

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