Best Underrated Pacific Holiday

The body of water most commonly associated with Taiwan is the eponymous strait?a 180-km-wide, potently symbolic divide between the island and its mainland cousin. But on the other side of Taiwan lies a far greater stretch of sea: the Pacific Ocean. On this pristine east coast, topography varies from rugged cliffs to serene beaches, and the views seem to extend to infinity. It's a pocket of the Pacific that foreign travelers have yet to hear about.

Astonishingly, many Taiwanese are unfamiliar with it as well, reckoning it's too remote. Yet it's only a 50-minute flight from the capital...