We only had a week to explore South Korea as much as we can so we decided to book a quick 2-day trip to the country’s most popular honeymoon destination – Jeju Island. With a toddler in tow, we were especially careful on choosing attractions we should visit and how to get there.
Getting to Jeju Island
As of what I know, there are no direct flights from Manila to Jeju Island so we bought separate roundtrip flights from Seoul to Jeju via Jeju Air. The tickets cost us around 106USD (Php 5,000) for 2 adults, reasonable, but it can still get cheaper if you book around March. The best part of booking with Jeju Air is that children below 2 years old get to ride for free, yey! There are also other airlines that fly to Jeju like: Eastar Jet, Asiana, Korean Air, JinAir.
Jeju is a relatively small island and most of the tourist spots are conveniently gathered in one area which made planning the trip a little easy. The only problem we had to face is how to go around the island since we didn’t rent a car or hire a taxi tour (which is quite expensive for 2pax btw). With that, intercity buses are our only option.
**Tip:** There are many family-friendly, budget hotels in the island. If you do not plan to rent a car like us, it is best you book an accommodation within or near the area of your destination. Although taking buses is manageable, the travel time would ‘eat up’ most of your day.
AM: Our first order of business was to visit the famous waterfalls. For the morning, we went to see Cheonjiyeon Falls. It is located 15 minutes away on foot from where we stayed but the actual falls is another 15-30 minutes walk from the entrance.
The landscaped pathway towards the falls makes a perfect place for the kids to run around and adults to take in the beautiful scenery.
Soon after, we heard the distant sound of water and knew we were near.
We went back to the hotel an hour before 12 noon, packed our stuff, checked out and headed out for lunch.
By 1 pm we are on our way towards the next waterfalls.
PM: After lunch, we rode a taxi to Jeongbang Waterfalls. You can ride a bus but the bus stop is far from the entrance and the walk is too long. I suggest you save your energy for later, here’s why:
**Tip:** Make sure you are wearing non slippery and comfortable shoes.
The falls itself is truly a majestic sight. I read this is the only waterfalls in Asia to fall directly into the ocean. We love to get a closer shot but it was difficult to walk on top of those huge rocks especially with a kid.
Other people though, were brave enough to hop from one rock to another to reach the waters and play in it. To go back, we went up a different but equally steep flight of stairs.
From Jeongbang Falls, we again took a taxi to Seogwipo Bus Terminal and took a bus towards the East Side of the island. The bus towards East Jeju took an hour and a half we arrived almost 4pm in our accommodation. This ends our first tour of Jeju Island.
Watch out for Day 2 of our kid-friendly Jeju Itinerary!