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About Jeju-do

This South Korean island may have been borne from destructive volcanic forces, but Jeju-do is now an area of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seongsan IIchulbong is Jeju-do's most impressive landmark. Shaped like a giant punchbowl, this 182 metre high volcano dominates the skyline and it's well worth the 20 minute climb from the entrance to the crater rim (though the stairs are steep so it's not for the faint hearted). Beneath Seongsan IIchulbong is the Geomun Oreum lava tube system where multi-coloured carbonate decorations adorn the roofs and floors. A stunning sight, it's one of the finest, if not the finest, examples in the world. Savour your energy in this slower paced port, because you'll need it for the following bustling port of Busan.

 

Shore excursions in Jeju-do

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

East Island Highlights

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7¼ hours

Discover the best of the east of Jeju Island on this full day tour.

Departing from the pier, you’ll take a scenic drive to the Jeju World Natural Heritage Centre, founded in 2007 to commemorate Korea's first World Natural Heritage Site, designated by UNESCO.

Next, you’ll visit the Sangumburi Crater, which is approximately 650 metres wide, 100 metres deep and 2,070 metres in circumference. It resembles a natural circular stadium. The extinct volcanic crater is home to a variety of plant life.

Continue, on to Seongeup Folk Village, located at the foot of Mount Halla. Cultural traditions in the village have been handed down from generation to generation, and you can gain an insight into the unique culture of Jeju Island and discover how the local people live here.

After lunch at local restaurant, you’ll visit ‘Seongsan Sunrise Peak’, known as Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is located at the east end of Jeju Island. This lava formation rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption more than 100,000 years ago. At the top of ‘Sunrise Peak’ is a huge crater, with 99 sharp rocks surrounding it, resembling a gigantic crown.

Your final stop is at Haenyeo (lady divers) Museum; introducing the unique activity and culture of the lady divers. The Haenyeo are a symbol of Jeju’s matriarchal past, and these women dive under water without any specialist equipment.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour. There are around 550 steps to negotiate. Non-slip walking shoes, a hat and waterproof jacket are advised. The climb to Sunrise Peak is weather dependent. Those passengers who wish not to participate in the walk up to the peak can have a free time at the ridge. Tour sequence may vary.

Haenyeo Lady Divers and Spirited Garden

Activity medium

Duration: 3¾ hours

Admire the impressive Spirited Garden, a sanctuary hidden away from the rest of the world, and observe women divers catching seafood by hand.

Leaving the quayside, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to the Hansupul Haenyeo School. Here you can watch the women divers (also known as Haenyeo) at work as they catch seafood by hand. The Haenyeo are a symbol of Jeju’s matriarchal past, and their job is demanding as these women dive underwater without any specialist equipment.

During your visit, you can view collected seafood, such as abalone, sea cucumber, shellfish, sea urchin and octopus amongst others, and will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Haenyeo-a truly unique experience.

Continue, to the Spirited Garden, also known as Bujae Artpia, which is the world’s largest botanical bonsai garden, with approximately 1,700 trees and 100,000 Jeju wild flowers, orchids and other garden trees and plants. The garden is home to approximately 100 rare species of tree and is also rich with maple trees, wisterias and pine trees that are between 30 and 300 years old. Jeju’s characteristic stone walls and ponds, along with a stone bridge and artificial waterfalls all add to the richness of the Spirited Garden’s scenery.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The Haeyno diver’s demonstration is weather dependent; in the event of adverse weather, you’ll have an interview and photo session with the lady divers instead. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour. Comfortable, walking shoes and a windproof jacket are recommended. Please take care when at the harbour as fishing nets may be laid out for repair. The order of sites visited may vary.

Hallim Park and O’Sulloc Tea Museum

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Take in a visit to the impressive botanical garden of Hallim Park and learn about the green tea making process at the O’Sulloc Tea Museum.

From the pier, you’ll set out on a scenic drive to Hallim Park. Starting out as a barren sandy field of over 33 hectares, people began to sow and cultivate palm tree seeds on the land. It has now developed into a world-class botanical garden, against a vivid green backdrop, with an avenue of palm trees reaching up to the sky. The Park features a subtropical botanical garden, a kingdom of rare plants, the underground world of the Hyeopjae and Ssangyong Caves, an exhibition of world stones and bonsai art works, as well as an exhibition of Jeju stone and bonsai gardens.

At the Jae-Am Folk Village, you can catch a glimpse into traditional life as you view the traditional thatch houses, low stone fences and narrow alleys, which express the harmony and warmth of the Jeju people.

Continue on to the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, which exhibits Korea's history of tea culture. View collections of various tea sets and cups from around the world. The entire building takes the shape of a green tea cup, which harmonises the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world. You can also view a surrounding tea plantation from the observatory.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The caves at Hallim Park are uneven, wet and dark inside, therefore all passengers are strongly advised to exercise caution during the walk here. Non-slip walking shoes, a hat and waterproof jacket are advised. Tour sequence may vary

Jeju City Highlights

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Combine a leisurely tour of Jeju City and learn about the volcanic islands ‘natural history, with a visit to the Folklore and Natural History Museum.

After boarding your coach at the pier, you’ll travel downtown to visit to the dragon-headed rock known as Yongduam Rock. (also known as Dragon Head Rock) Legend has it, that this stunning setting, formed by hardening lava and created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years, is the ancient remains of a dragon named Yimugi, who tried to climb up Mount Halla to steal the elixir of life. After being killed by an angry spirit, the dying dragon fell into the sea and turned into a rock with his head surging towards the sky. On windy days, it’s believed that the sounds of the deafening waves crashing against the rocks are the dragon’s angry roars.

Next, enjoy an informative visit to Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum, which exhibits Jeju's own folk relics and natural history materials. Before entering you can’t miss the 4 ton shark and 15ft long stingray who welcome you. Inside, the museum is divided into 4 exhibition halls each focusing on different areas of interest, including traditional thatched houses, animals and insects native to the island of Jeju.

Your final stop is Dongmun Traditional Market, one of the largest daily markets in Jeju City. Stretching from Sanji Stream to Jungang central road, the market is the perfect place to observe local people going about their daily lives.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There are over 40 uneven rock steps at Yongduam Rock. The ground can be slippery when wet at Dongmun Market. Non-slip walking shoes are recommended. The order of sites visited may vary.

Sangumburi Crater and Manjangul Cave

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3¼ hours

Explore the mesmerising UNESCO sight of Manjanggul underground cave, the longest lava tube in the world, and walk along the edge of the Sangumburi Crater.

Your fascinating geological tour begins as you leave the pier by coach and drive towards the Sangumburi Crater. Unlike most volcanoes on the island, the Sangumburi volcano didn’t spew out much lava, nor did it leave much of a cone. However, during the eruption, molten rocks flew from the volcano and cooled into many exotic shapes, which you’ll see once you arrive.

Follow your guide along a well-paved path, up a gentle slope to the craters’ edge, where you can peer down into the bottom, which is 328 feet deep. Up at the top you will have a spectacular bird’s- eye view of the area and the 1,000-foot wide crater. From this vantage point you can also see the vegetation that grows wildly around the crater, magnolia , maples, red thorn trees and evergreens to name a few.

Next, continue to the Manjanggul Lava Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world and a UNESCO world heritage Site. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Once you arrive you’ll descend down into the cave and view a variety of magnificent stalagmites and stalagtites, multi coloured carbonate floors and massive stone pillars.

On the way back to the ship you’ll be able to shop for some souvenirs of this unique island

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot.There is approximately 1½ hours’ total walking on this tour and around 100 steps to negotiate. The caves are uneven, wet and dark inside, therefore all passengers are strongly advised to exercise caution during the walk here. Non-slip walking shoes, a hat and waterproof jacket are advised. Tour sequence may vary.

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