Phoenix Ventura is normally way above sea level, exploring summits that meet the upper skies. However, she took time off from climbing to visit the enchanting Hanagae Beach on Muuido Island.
Muuido – a.k.a. Muui Island, is located in South Korea. This smaller island became popular when Incheon International Airport -( since 2005) was ranked one of the world’s best airports.
Muuido Island is accessible by the Incheon ferry terminal from the mainland. It’s a rather short ride from pier to pier. There are two beaches on Muuido. Hanagae Beach and Silmi Beach. Muuido – Muui island, translated in Korean means “Dancer’s dress”.
The high and low tides on Hanagae Beach have quite a fluctuation. The minimal elevation of the beach causes extreme flooding that reaches far onto shore.
It is easy to search the beach at low tide for shells and other ocean aquatic creatures that might be crawling around.
There are several bungalows along the shoreline that are ideal for a relaxing getaway. When high tide comes in, the beach retreats become water wavering suites. The sensation of being surrounded by water offers a romantic setting.
If this is something you are interested in looking into, visit Destinations by Region. The exchanging tides will excite the most adventurous traveler.
The beach offers a variety of terrains that include rock formations carved from the tides never ending surge. The sugar fine sand allows you to maneuver around rugged obstacles in search of tide pools.
Many of the ocean’s treasures are captured in small saltwater pools. Shells of all shapes and sizes are there for the picking. It can be quite exciting to shell collectors.
You can also discover some aquatic creatures moving between the rocks and water. The kind that travels on multiple legs. Exploring the beach can sometimes hypnotize, and time just slips away.
At the end of the day when the sun starts to sink beyond the horizon and solitude begins to settle in, all of your day’s thoughts just fade away. The air becomes still and the night brings a silent calm. The only sounds you hear are the gentle waves lapping on the shallow shoreline.
Serenity can be felt high above the ground looking out towards the majestic peaks. However, don’t forget to take time to admire the beauty that lies at your feet as well. The world has many utopias and being in the moment isn’t always decided by altitude alone.
Photographer: Phoenix Ventura
On location credit: Phoenix Ventura & crew
Creative dialog: Anthony Scopel
Article formatting: Anthony Scopel
Associate editor: Maureen Scopel
Technical support & digital mastering: Matt Kemper
Publisher: You, Me and The Dock