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Summer is here and the best way to spend it is to be on a beach enjoying the sun and water. What if that beach was so huge it may be the biggest field of sand you ever saw? And what if that island is a deserted island? Meaning no electricity and no running water?
And we have such an island. It's called Sa Seong Bong Do and is off the Incheon coast and requires two boat rides to get there. The beach is huge because at low tide the very shallow water disappears on the northern coast of the island. It's sand, not mud like most of the western coast. The island is practically uninhabited. One guy who is supposed to manage the island seems to live there s
ometimes. It is actually a private island owned by a very wealthy woman who started a chain of hair salons long time ago. There is no electricity and no running water and nothing you can buy. This is one of those places most Koreans have not been to but some may have seen it on a TV program called 1박2일. It is a truly unique place to be. It is privately owned island so there is a charge to camp there. You have to take all you need: Tent, drinking water, food, and beers. That's not necessarily in the order of importance by the way. ^^
Some of the highlights include:
1. Bio-luminescent plankton in the water at night - imagine the night sea looking like a rainbow-colored canvas of stars. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.
2. Amazing Sunset
3. Fine white sandy beach.
4. Campfire - let's toast some marshmallows!
5. Fireworks (Bring Roman Candles if you can)
6. Guitar ‘n jammin’ around the campfire
7. Clam & Crab Digging. We will bring a couple of tools you can borrow.
8. Swimming is gonna be great! A bit cold but so refreshing!
9. We will most likely have a WinK photographer to capture some lifelong memories for all of us.
8:00AM Depart Ferry Terminal
9:30AM Arrive First Island
Transfer to Smaller Boat
10:00AM Arrive Deserted Island
3:30PM Leave Deserted Island
Walk to Bus Stop and Take Bus to Subway Line #4
Arrival times can vary pending traffic conditions.
Low Tide: 6:06PM
High Tide: 12:11PM
Low Tide: 12:16AM, 12:48PM
High Tide: 6:28AM
1. MEET AT FERRY TERMINAL
Make sure to arrive no later than 7:30 AM in order to get ticket and get on the boat.
2. PICKUP FROM SEOUL NATIONAL UNIV. OF EDUCATION
If you can come to Wink Kitchen at 5:00AM sharp, you can ride a chartered bus all the way to the ferry terminal. You will have to pay 5,000 won to reserve a spot on the bus.
3. THOSE STAYING OVERNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT
There are many motels near Jeong Wang Station (정왕역) which is NOT Joong Ang Station (중앙역). NOT JOONG ANG!! Come out through Exit #1 and find Emart and nearby there will be several motels you can choose from. Since folks will arrive at different times you are advised to meet the trip leader at Emart underneath the McDonalds sign.
We will offer a chartered bus from the motel to the ferry terminal that departs at 6:15AM. You will have to pay 5,000 won to reserve a spot on the bus. If you are late and miss this chartered bus you can take taxi.
4. THOSE TAKING SUBWAY TO OIDO STATION SAT MORNING
The first train will arrive 7:07AM into Oido (오이도역) on line #4 and the yellow incheon line. Oido is the final station on line #4 and also the Yellow Incheon Line. You can take chance on getting a taxi or pay in advance and reserve a spot on our chartered bus for 5,000 won. It will leave from Exit #1 at 7:15AM sharp.
You won't have time to go to the restroom or go and buy something at a store when you get off the train.
The ferry terminal has restroom and a tiny store you can buy water. Email to the gmail address to let us know in advance. Bus space reservation is first paid first reserved, 22 max.
Tents are a must. We can order one for you to be delivered to your address if you let us know 1 week before the trip (5,000 won service charge added).
Or you can borrow a 2-3 person tent for 10,000 won. Or a 4-5 person tent for 20,000 won. Pay 30,000 won deposit and get it back when you return the tent.
Cheap tents can be as low as around 20,000 won but won’t last long because the material is weak. Must be careful when pitching and removing the tent.
Prepare easy to carry and easy to make meals. You can use sea water for dish washing. In order not have too much to carry it would be a good idea to collaborate on the comments section to share cooler or cooking utensils or food ingredients or tent.
WINK FOOD OPTION
WinK Staff will prepare food for the weekend if you prefer not to deal with the hassle. The weekend menu consists of the following:
Lunch: Ham Cheese Lettuce Tomato Sandwiches
Breakfast: Eggs and Good Sausages and Toast
Lunch: Hotdogs and Korean Spicy Ramen
Cost: 30,000 per person.
Fire keeps you warm but it will be chilly in the morning. Keep extra dry wood available so you can restart the fire from the smoldering fire pit when you wake up in the morning.
A good sleeping bag is a must. We have a few to rent out so please inquire. We can also order a sleeping bag to be delivered to your address. (5,000 won service charge added)
1. Plenty of Drinking Water and drinks
2. Good Sleeping Bag
5. Swim Suit if you want to swim
6. Change of Clothes
7. Frisbee, Games
This is a remote part of Korea. It will be difficult to get help. Significant alcohol consumption is highly discouraged. WinK assumes no liability in any way for your safety nor the security of your personal items.
We need your date of birth to book tickets. And please bring your
ARC or passport. They are required to board boat.
The cost of this trip is 59,000 won if deposit is made before 7/21 which includes:
1. Round Trip Ferry Ride to Seoung Bong Do
2. Round Trip Boat Ride to Deserted Island
3. Island Use Fee
4. Trip Leaders
After 7/21 and before 7/28 the cost of trip is 62,000 KRW
After 7/28 and before 8/4 the cost of trip is 65,000 KRW
After 8/4 and before 8/11 the cost of trip is 68,000 KRW
After 8/11, the cost is 72,000.
Add 30,000 for the 4 meal option.
Add 40,000 to borrow a 2-3P WinK Tent.
(10k rent and 30k deposit which you will get back when you return the tent.)
Add 50,000 to borrow a 4-5P WinK Tent.
(20k rent and 30k deposit which you will get back when you return the tent.)
Add 5,000 for the chartered bus ride to the ferry terminal.
2,000 KRW off for each person of a group of 5 to 9.
3,000 KRW off to each person of a group of 10 or more.
*TO APPLY: The group leader must email all names that will receive the discount from which point all deposits from those on that list must be received within 24 hours.*
FREQUENT TRAVELER DISCOUNT
2,000 KRW off for having attended 1 or 2 trips.
3,000 KRW off for having attended 3 or 4 trips.
5,000 KRW off for having attended 5 to 9 trips.
10,000 KRW off for having attended 10 or more trips.
**TO APPLY: List all of the trips you have been on in your confirmation email after making your deposit.**
Please email at email@example.com for sign up information.
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Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 AM