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About Jeju Island

A place to find real-life ‘mermaids’, an array of the freshest seafood and a paradise honeymoon vacation, Jeju Island is a wondrous destination for all. Jeju Island is the largest island off South Korea, and has a population of more than 604,000 residents. Top attractions include Halla-san National Park, Hamdeok Beach and Jeongbang Waterfall.

Get ready for a relaxing time away from the city bustle, with cheap flights to Jeju Island available for a limited time only! Jeju Island is home to Jeju International Airport (CJU), conveniently located on a 20-minute train ride from the island’s city centre. Jeju International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Asiana Airlines. There are no direct flights, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 17 hours, 20 minutes.

Why visit Jeju Island

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Relaxation

Indulge in spa treatments and unwind in the rich, mineral waters of the numerous hot spring spas found on Jeju Island. Seaweed massages are also great for the skin.

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Beaches

Jeju Island is the top holiday destination for all of South Korea and with its laid-back beaches, it’s easy to see why. Enjoy the clear waters of Hamdeok Beach on a summer’s day.

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Seafood Paradise

While on the island, eat like the locals do and enjoy a variety of sashimi, grilled abalone, seafood ramen and other delectable fish dishes.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Korea
Currency South Korean Won (KRW)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 87.00 KRW
Language Korean
Hub Airport Jeju International Airport (CJU)
Airline Jeju Air
Time Zone GMT+ 9
Travel Adaptor Type C & F

Best time to visit Jeju Island

Jeju Island is a wonderful holiday destination between the summer months, and is pleasant during the colder months of the year too. Summer falls between June and early-September, and can see temperatures of up to 30 °C. It can also get quite humid. Summer on Jeju Island can get really crowded, and you will find the beaches packed with those looking to enjoy their time off. During spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September – November) you will find plenty of opportunities to do some trail walking and hiking, and also enjoy the numerous tourist attractions that the island has to offer. For cheaper flights and accommodation on Jeju Island, consider visiting during the winter months from November and February.

Weather & Climate in Jeju Island

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 5°C 5°C 7°C 9°C 17°C 21°C 25°C 26°C 22°C 17°C 12°C 7°C
High °C 7°C 9°C 12°C 16°C 20°C 24°C 28°C 29°C 25°C 21°C 15°C 10°C
Rainfall (mm) 61 67 78 117 110 193 221 238 195 64 69 45

With its beautiful landscape and relaxed demeanor, Jeju Island is South Korea’s most popular holiday destination and sees millions of tourists from neighbouring countries too.

There are also some great activities to do while you’re enjoying your vacation. If you enjoy working up a sweat and being greeted with the great reward of knowing that you’ve climbed the highest peak in all of South Korea, then a hike up Halla-san is a must! Jeju Island also has its own ‘mermaids’, as has been carefully documented in famous documentaries and travel shows. These are the older women of the island community who fish for a living, and are as agile as ever, having done deep-sea diving for most of their lives! Make sure to spot them on the coast in their wetsuits and diving goggles.

Lovers of cute and strange things will absolutely adore the number of museums that the island has to offer. Visit the teddy bear museum, paper doll museum, and then end it off by walking through the very erotic LoveLand sculpture park.

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If you are travelling to South Korea for a holiday, you will not need a visa for up to 30 days. Business travellers, however, are required to have a visa. Your passport must also be valid for six months after your return date and have three blank pages available.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of South Korea.

265 Melk St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181

Tel: 012 460 2508

Jeju Island has the lowest crime rate in all of South Korea, with violent crimes being almost non-existent. As with all top tourist destinations, there is a chance of being pick-pocketed, especially over the busy tourist season.

As for hiking, it is better to go with a guide as many of the signs on the paths are in Korean only. It can also get dark very early in winter.

It is recommended to get your routine vaccinations before your trip to Jeju Island. There are no health travel requirements to enter the country, but is a good idea to get a shot for hepatitis A and typhoid. Please consult with your doctor about this before your trip.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Jeju Island
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R90.00 R92.05
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R20.00 R22.00 R40.00
Cappuccino (regular) R20.00 R19.00 R50.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R12.00 R10.00 R34.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R54.00
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