There are many tropical forest features in the forest of Kenting such as the pillar root of White Bark Fig, plated root of Looking-glass Tree, the Fig Fruit and Large-leaf Red Fig. In addition, the forest is rich in epiphyte. Of the epiphyte, the one with the highest ornamental value is Indian Barringtonia with its large fragrant flowers. The Night-flowering Indian Barringtonia is incredibly beautiful because it has many stamens, and its flowering period may last for more than half a year. The vegetation in Kenting is quite similar to that of the Philippines, so this area can be seen as a blend between Taiwan and the Philippines. The plants representative of this area are commonly found in the high reefs. Examples include Coast Persimmon, Velvet Apple, White Bark Fig, Autumn Maple Tree, and so on. Other common plants include Indian Laurel, Hengchun Garcinia, Ivory Wood, Sea Cups, and Terminalia. In 1908, the Japanese set up a "Reserved Area for Hengchun Botanical Garden.” Later, the Forestry Research Institute planned different plant sectors for coconut, oil, rubber, textile, pharmaceutical plants, spices, timber, and dyes. Hengchun Tropical Botanical Garden is currently listed among “Botanical Gardens of the World.”
Especially on the high-reef rocks, the most commonly seen mammals in Kenting are monkeys and Red-bellied Squirrels. Since this area is part of the migratory routes of many birds in East Asia, migratory and transit birds such as Oriole, Red-tailed Shrike, Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle, and Grey Frog Hawk are more impressive than the resident birds.Grey Frog Hawk from Siberia, China and Japan pass through the area during all of September each year and bird counts reach 100-200 thousand. By the end of September and in early October, the Grey-faced Buzzard Eagle also join the ranks, and bird counts are still at the tens of thousands, with the highest counts around October 10 each year. Therefore, October 10 is “"National Bird Day". The birds circle over the Lide Bridge in Manchu Township in the evening, landing in the forest one after another and then gather in the sky over Shedin Park before leaving for the south. “Sea-watching Tower” is a good location to observe the take-off of eagles. Hawks usually have a strong sense of territory, so it is very rare to see a “sea of hawks” except during migratory seasons. During September and October, the spectacular view of gathering hawks in Kenting can be considered a wonder of the world. Kenting also has numerous butterflies, totaling192 species, of which the most common is the Ricepaper-wing Butterfly. Swallowtails and Hengchun-birdwing Butterfly are also very beautiful.
The majority of land in Kenting belongs to the National Park. Recently, as outdoor recreation sites moved to the ocean, over-development of the seaside and Kenting Street has resulted. There have been fewer tourists visiting Kenting National Forest Recreation Area in recent years, because preservation is a core value of modest and pure Kenting. In terms of geology, flora, and fauna, Kenting National Forest Recreation Area is the best in southern Taiwan. In addition, the sunset afterglow of Kenting is also a spectacular view.