Poagao wrote:Has anyone taken the boat from Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong) to Matzu? If so, when does it leave and how long does it take?
My colleague says around 9pm but you have to be there at 8pm to check-in. Note that the ferry goes Keelung (Jilong) - Dongyin - Nangan - Keelung (Jilong) or Keelung (Jilong) - Nangan - Dongyin - Keelung (Jilong) on alternating days.
I did the opposite direction sometime last year, took around 2 hours from Nangan to Dongyin, short stop of around 30 minutes and another 6 hours or so to Keelung (Jilong). My colleague and me rented a business class cabin (4 beds), first class is also available (2 beds) - or economy (dormitory style) if you are on a budget. I think the business class was only NTD400 more on top of the 800 for economy.
They also have a coffee shop that sells snacks and drinks (I recommend the cappuccino) and there is an area to sit / eat. Or go up on the roof and enjoy the view, if weather permits. During my trip we had heavy fog but the sea was calm at least (kind of spooky actually).
Here is the link to the company that runs the service, supposingly you can get prices there and also make a booking (can't see it, it's all garbled in my browser): http://www.shinhwa.com.tw/