FYI SOUTH Magazine, July 2004.


Fu Dog Hostel



2F, 232, NanWan Rd., HengCheun Town, Pingtung County
(07) 889-7141
Hours:Open 7 days a week

For a number of years, Fu Dog Surf & Dive Shop has been supplying water-sports enthusiasts with everything they need to enjoy themselves in the Kenting area. In addition to providing equipment, Sammy Hawkins, Fu Dog's American owner, arranges scuba-diving and surfing lessons with local and foreign instructors. On the second floor of his establishment, located at the quieter end of NanWan Road, Sammy has opened a simple yet comfortable air-conditioned hostel that can accommodate up to ten people. Beds here are available at the bargain price of NT$300 per person per night. There are hot-water showers, bathrooms, and a refrigerator. The hostel has so far been used primarily by diving groups, but it is open to anyone; Sammy plans to expand it in the near future. Reservations are advisable for weekdays, and essential for weekends. English speakers can reach Sammy at 0925-092-036; Chinese speakers should call his wife at 0936-811-887.