View of a beach at Wollyeong, Jeju Island

Jeju Island, located the extreme south of the South Korea, might sound like a small island that you can tour in a day. But don’t be mistaken. This popular holiday destination requires more than a day-trip. In fact, three days might not be enough for some.

Our Jeju Island itinerary comprises the cosiest cafes, the freshest seafood, unique hiking trials and exciting water adventures.

Day 1: Water activities and go-karting

1. Check-in at Aewol-eup sea side guest house

Sunset view from the comforts of your bed

For an unparalleled view of the sea, we recommend staying at Stay In The Moment, a sea-side guest house at Aewol-eup.

For ₩40,000 per night, the room includes one queen size bed that faces the ocean, a private toilet, a television and a fridge.

Only rooms 102, 103, 203 and 204 face the ocean. As their listing on AirBnb only allow reservations for one guest, you have to message the host to request for a room if you’re coming with another. Furthermore, the rooms can accommodate to a maximum of two people.

Location: 29-1 Geumseong 1-gil (203), Aewol-eup, Cheju, Jeju Province 695-903, South Korea

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2. Lunch at Gwakij Restaurant

The clams are served partially raw, which gives it a bouncier texture and fresher flavour

Enjoy a no-frills and hearty meal at Gwakji Restaurant.

Their Spicy Seafood Hand-cut Noodles (₩11,000) comes in a substantial portion of freshly-caught seafood that includes crabs, scallops, mussels and prawns. The soup was spicy, and sweet and briny from the addition of seafood.

If you’re ordering dishes to share, we recommend the Spicy Seafood Soup (₩29,000) instead.

The restaurant also prepares meat items such as Stir-fried Black Pork (₩28,000) and Spicy Grilled Chicken Feet (₩22,000).

Location: 3, 27 Aewol-eup, Gwakji
제주 제주시 애월읍 곽지3길 27 곽지식당
Opening hours: 11am-12am

3. Surfing, glass canoe, snorkeling at Gwakji Beach

Located five minutes away from the guest house, Gwakji Beach is known for its strong waves and crystal clear water.

You can choose among surfing lessons, or simply renting a surf board, snorkeling, and canoeing along the shores.

4. 9.81 Park

9.81 Park uses an automatic driving system to direct the go-kart back to the starting point after the race

If the beach isn’t thrilling enough, take a ten minute taxi ride down to 9.81 Park, a go-karting themed park.

Named after the acceleration of gravity, the automated go-karts can travel up to 50km/h. Riders can purchase tickets for different tracks of different difficulty levels. We recommend their 3-race bundle package (₩41,500), which saves ₩16,500.

The park also has other facilities such as laser tag, arcade games and bumper cars.

Location: 880-24 Cheondeok-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
제주 제주시 애월읍 천덕로 880-24
Opening hours: 9am-6:30pm

Day 2: Sight-seeing at seafood at Seogwipo-si

5. Breakfast at Graminee Cafe

Graminee Cafe is a three-story cafe that provides a view of the ocean.

The first floor is the counter where you order. Their menu consists of coffee and a small selection of bakes. Meanwhile, the second floor is an indoor space with a floor-to-ceiling window, while the third floor is a rooftop seating area.

We recommend their Banana Cake (₩5,500). Light, fluffy and aromatic from the banana. The cake was also lightly sweetened with a drizzle of caramel and chocolate chips.

Location: 103 Chilsimni-ro
제주 서귀포시 칠십리로 103
Opening hours: 10am-10pm (closed on Wednesdays)

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6. Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls

Towering at 22m high, Cheonjiyeon is roughly translated to “sky connecting with the land”, as the water appears to fall from the heavens.

Visitors have to pay an entry-fee of ₩2,000 and hike a short distance to where the falls is. The hike takes you through other scenic beauties, including the signature Jeju stone statues.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, and its neighbouring forests, are habitats for many temperate plants and species that are designated as National Monuments. If you visit at night, you might be able to spot the Giant Mottled Eels in the clear waters at the falls.

Location: Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
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Opening hours: 9am-10pm

7. Lunch at Chilsimni Food Street

Located beside Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, Chilsimni Food Street comprises over 40 restaurants and cafes, including fresh sashimi, grilled fish, hot pots and the Korean barbecue.

Popular choices include Yeongbin Sliced Raw Fish for their variety of premium sashimi, and Handongne, for their signature Jeju black pork. Handongne is located right at the end of Chilsimni Food Street, where the entrance to Jeongbang Waterfall is.

Location: Seogwipo-si, Seogwipo-dong, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 서귀동

8. Paragliding at Geum Oreum

For the adventurous, end your day with a 360-degree view of the island while soaring in the skies.

Paraglide from the top of Geum Oreum, a volcanic cone with a crater lake in the middle.

The package on Trazy includes a paragliding session that is guided by experts, and video and photo services. Transport to and from the location is not provided.

Do note that paragliding locations can be changed to other destinations, or even cancelled, due to bad wind conditions. A full refund will be issued if your session is cancelled

Location: 1-1 Geumak-ri, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
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Day 3: Hiking and nature

9. Hallim Park

Hallim Park is a nature themed park that has opened since 1971.

It houses nine different attractions, most of which are mainly gardens that display a plethora of flowers, cactus and trees. Each month features seasonal flowers, so there’s always something new for visitors to look forward to.

Its most anticipated attractions, however, are the Hyeopjae and Ssangyong cave. The former is known for its unique formations of stalactite columns, while the latter, translating to ‘twin dragons’, is famous for the dragon-like formations on cave walls.

Dolharubang, a 30 year old restaurant at Jae-Am Folk Village, sells Jeju black pork in single portions. Rhis is perfect for solo travellers as most black pork Korean BBQ restaurants in Jeju Island require a minimum order of two portions, which estimates to 400g of meat.

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

10. Hike towards Cactus Habitat

An obscure beach for beginner surfing and snorkelling

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

Some says that cactus seeds were flown by the warm Kuroshio currents from Mexico, and the residents in the area started planting cacti next to their houses as a natural deterrent against snakes and rats.

The habitat itself is only about 100m long, and it’s just a variety of cacti. Instead, the highlight of this attraction is the short hike from Geumneung Beach. Take the Ollae Trails, which is marked by a dotted blue line that circles the outskirts of Jeju Island, and head south. You’ll get an unobstructed view of the ocean, which literally sparkles under the afternoon sun. The trail also takes you past Wollyeong Port.

The path may be a little rocky at certain places, where it may be easier to head out to the main road and hike a long the highway instead.

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

11. Ultramarine Coffee

Continue hiking in the same direction for ten more minutes, and you’ll be rewarded with an ocean-view cafe— Ultramarine Coffee.

Brewed with beans roasted by Hytte, a local roaster, the Latte (₩5,500) has a nutty finish. For a sweeter option, their signature Black Sesame Latte (₩7,500), latte topped with a mild, creamy black sesame foam and crushed oreos.

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

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12. Dinner at Dongmun Traditional Market

We recommend purchasing the tangerine juices instead to avoid purchasing any sour tangerines

End the trip with a dinner at Dongmun Traditional Market, housing over 300 vendors.

There are different segments to it: a basement food court, food cart vendors, fresh seafood, dried goods and souvenirs.

We recommend heading straight to the food cart section for a performance of a lifetime. Vendors dance to electronic dance music as they grill and torch the food with huge flames.

Famous dishes include grilled black pork on a skewer, cheesy grilled lobsters, and fried chicken marinated with a special Jeju tangerine and garlic sauce.

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

Map created using Wanderlog, a road trip planner on iOS and Android

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*This article is written in collaboration with Trip.com, but all opinions are of my own

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