Hualien
Starting Location
Lunch Included
Food
Moderate
Physicality
7/10
Adventure Factor
8 Hours
Duration

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The Better Taroko Gorge Tour

 

Overview

Throughout our Better Taroko Gorge Tour, our fun filled day takes you to many of Taroko’s best sites, from the Swallow Grotto to the Baiyang Waterfalls and everywhere in between. We’ll walk on some spectacular trails and do our best to spend as little time in the vehicle as possible. Our groups never get bigger than 8 people, our guides all speak English and lunch and hotel pick up is always included! But that’s just the start.

 

What makes our Better Taroko Gorge Tour “better”?

• Early Start = Less Traffic & More Places  – There is only one road in and out of Taroko Gorge. Here at Island Life, we start our tours earlier than everyone else to beat the afternoon tour bus traffic. With open roads, you can see more amazing places, with less crowds. Taroko Gorge, the Island Life Way.

• Less Crowds = More Wildlife – Each day, we’re among the first to numerous scenic nature trails, allowing you to enjoy them in peace. The way nature intended. As such you have a better chance of spotting wildlife as well such as butterflies, birds and yes…monkeys!

• Lunch Included – Unlike the other guys, lunch is included, so you wont have to worry about paying an extra NT$200-$450 to eat. That’s value.

• Early Start = Better Weather – Here in the Hualien area, the cloud cover and rain tend to roll in after 1 o’clock. While others are just arriving, we’ve already explored half the park.

 

With Less Crowds, Lunch Included and Other Extras, Why Wait!

 

The Details

At Island Life, we promise to try and show you as much of the best of Taroko in one day as we can. In order to have a fun and flexible day, the exact itinerary for our tour can vary.  

Some likely stops include:

  • Swallow Grotto
  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail (closed until Feb. 2018)
  • Luishui Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Cimu Bridge
  • Tianxiang
  • Eternal Springs Shrine
  • Changuang Temple
  • Yuewang Suspension Bridge
  • Qingshui Cliffs
  • Chishingtan Beach
  • And other secret spots!

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Free pick up at Hualien hostel or hotel
DEPARTURE TIME 7:30-7:45 AM. We know our tour leaves earlier than the rest, but trust us, we do it to stay ahead of the tour buses and afternoon cloud cover. Very much worth it.
RETURN TIME Approximately 3:30 – 4PM.
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, sunscreen, a swimsuit (in case there is time for a river swim!) and some money for snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
INCLUDED
Transport & English Speaking Guide Lunch
Drinking water Lots of fun
NOT INCLUDED
Replacement mind after yours has been blown.
Guide gratuity

 New Taroko ATV Add On Now Available! 

Taroko ATV Add On

With this add on to our Taroko Gorge Tour or our Zhuilu Old Trail Tour, you can add a fun filled hour of ATV’ing on the beach out to the mesmerizing Qingshui Cliffs! 

An Island Life Taiwan Exclusive!

Have a Question? Ready to Book Your Taroko Gorge Experience? 

We’d Love to Help! Contact Us Anytime.   

For further reading on Taroko Gorge National Park, check out: Taroko Gorge National Park: The Jewel of Taiwan

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We look forward to you joining us!!

Be sure to check out our Zhuilu Old Trail tour as well!

Zhuilu Old Trail Tour Hualien Tour
Taking a walk on the Zhuilu Old Trail
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7:30AM: Hotel Pickup

Please be ready to go when we arrive.
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Taroko Tour

We will spend the day visiting many of Tarokos best sites and walking on some spectacular trails. In order to have a fun and flexible day, the exact itinerary for our day can vary. But we promise to try and show you as much of the best of Taroko in one day as we can! Some possible stops include:
  • Swallow Grotto
  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail
  • Luishui Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Cimhu Bridge
  • Tianxiang
  • Eternal Springs Shrine
  • Changuang Temple
  • Yuewang Suspension Bridge
  • Qingshui Cliffs
  • Chishingtan Beach
  • And other secret spots!
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3:30pm Return to Hualien Hotels

Taroko Gorge Tour
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Baiyang Waterfalls, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto Cliff, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Formosan Macaque, Taroko Gorge National Park
River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Bell Tower, Taroko Gorge National Park
Lushui Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Lushui Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Bell Tower, Taroko Gorge National Park
Liwu River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Cimhu Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Cimhu Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Temple, Taroko Gorge National Park
Temple, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swimming, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swimming, Taroko Gorge National Park

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 45 reviews
January 2, 2018

We had a fantastic experience doing the Better Taroko Tour with Simon. From start to finish all the staff were super friendly and helpful, and overall we felt very well prepared and catered for and wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again. Thanks so much!

December 13, 2017

Better Taroko Tour with Simon.
I only wrote to island life Taiwan a couple of days in advance, but they were able to let me join a group of 2 other travelers. I liked that it was a small group. The planning of the different sites is flexible and will be adapted to the group.
Simon was a very good guide and shared a lot of knowledge of the area. We spent a great day and visited hotsprings, the Shakadang trail, Swallow Grotto and some short quieter trails.

I recommend island life!

Great way to see a lot of places of the Gorge when you do not have your own transport. We left pretty early so were not really affected by the big tour buses that leave later in the day.
The gorge is really beautiful!

December 9, 2017

Wow, just wow! I had heard about Taroko but I didn’t realize just how beautiful this gorge is. Island Life Taiwan really impressed us with their knowledge about the park and they took us to the best places at the perfect times of day. Recommend them to everyone.

December 9, 2017

My two friends and I booked a tour with the team at short notice (2 days). We received a quick response and were all booked in in just a handful of emails.

We were picked up promptly before 8am. It might seem a bit early but he planned it well so that we would miss all the tour buses. Simon and well prepared with umbrellas, water and even toilet paper! He really thought of everything.

After a drive through Hualien, we went through quite a few trails in the Gorge and were given plenty of opportunity to take photos. Simon also took photos of us as well (these were sent to us later!). He took us through some really cool scenic trails, including hanging out in the hot springs! We also walked the Shakadang trail which was lovely and we got to hang out near the secret pool (water was too cold to get in!).

Lunch was good – it’s prepaid at a restaurant with vegetarian options. There is also a 7 11 nearby in case you want to get some snacks.

Overall it was an excellent tour. Simon was very knowledgeable and the routes were beautiful, so much so that I will definitely choose this team again the next time I come to Taiwan.

December 7, 2017

Great time with a Great Guide!
I was in Taiwan for 1 week and wanted to see Toroko. Contacted Island Adventures via LINE and was contacted by Bruce. Made all the arrangements and he showed up at my Hostel when he said he would and we drove over to pickup another couple. The 4 of us then headed to Toroko. Weather held out for the day and I had an excellent time. Visited all the major spots. Our tour took the entire day (roughly 7-8 hours and included lunch). Bruce was knowledgeable and was a great source of information about Toroko, Hualien and Taiwan in general. Highly recommended!

December 6, 2017

Awesome day at Taroko National Park with Island Life Taiwan! Highly recommended!

December 6, 2017

Rain or shine! Will not disappoint
Went on the Shihtiping coast tour and the Taroko Gorge tour! Despite the rain, both tours were amazing! Incredible views and informative tour guides! I’d say even in the rain it was worth it. Maybe not a typhoon tho ;)… The rain did clear up on the Taroko gorge tour and we requested to go to Qingshui cliff got to see stunning views! Got to swim in both tours. Some hiking. And the guides took many photos for us with their camera. So glad we booked with them!

December 5, 2017

We are so thankful that we found Island Life Taiwan and Simon. Travelling with a family of 6 is not easy and usually neither is booking a tour. With Island Life Taiwan all of that changed, they accommodated all of our wants and needs and made our Taroko experience a breeze. Which any parent knows is such a relief. Thank you Island Life Taiwan you made our family vacation great!

December 4, 2017

Island Life Taiwan is the only tour company worth your time. My boyfriend and I e-mailed and tried to call other tour companies before we found Island Life Taiwan and it was like pulling teeth to get any responses. Bruce at Island Life responded to our inquires right away and because he’s a native English speaker, there were zero communication problems. We had a great Taroko tour with Simon and ended up jumping on a second tour the next day! Great find, great people. Book with Island Life Taiwan!

December 2, 2017

Taroko has so many interesting sights that a guide is really necessary to ensure you see the best of it, especially if, like us, you have only half a day to spare. Bruce expertly guided us to various attractions and did a great job of sharing their history and trivia. We were driven from one spot to another in comfort, but also did plenty of exploring on foot.

We liked that he kept the group small so there was a good amount of interaction. Bruce knows Taroko inside out and willingly shared its many delightful secrets, such as an edenic natural pool that we could swim in. We highly recommend Bruce if you’re looking for an exciting and authentic experience of Hualien.

Last but not least, we left our cap in his car and he helpfully sent it back to us all the way in Singapore!

December 1, 2017

If you are stumped on what to do in Taiwan, look no further than Island Life Taiwan! This company has loads of tour options and is very accommodating. We had such a blast on our Taroko tour with Simon that we ended up going on two additional tours with them! Thanks Island Life Taiwan!

November 23, 2017

Highlight of our Trip to Hualien!
Thoroughly enjoyed our guided trip to the gorge. We traveled from one scenic vista to another, feasted on a great lunch and were able to go for a mid-afternoon swim in the river. After the trip we were sent a folder of pictures of the day. Highly recommend this tour!

November 21, 2017

Champion people at Island Life Taiwan! I am a solo traveler who heard about Island Life Taiwan through a friend of mine who had been on one of their tours last year. I was coming into Hualien from Taipei by train and they offered to pick me up at the train station! Who does that? This rad company, that’s who! Thanks again for a great day in Taroko park.

November 20, 2017

Killer day in Taroko Gorge with Island Life Taiwan! These guys are fun as hell and even more friendly. Great job guys, Thanks again!

November 19, 2017

Excellent tours in Taroko Park
I took two tours, the highlights of the Taroko park and the Zhuilu trail. Both of them were really interesting and fun. My two guides (Daniel and Bruce) had an extensive knowledge of the park and know how to move around to avoid the crowd, They would also take picture, which I found very convenient. A great experience from all sides!

p.s. ask Daniel to let you try the lemonade, he knows a very good shop where they sell an amazing one

November 18, 2017

Well done Island Life Taiwan! This company is true to their word, our Taroko tour was so much fun and because we got there early, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Highly Recommended!

November 18, 2017

Awesome tour, very complete
Me and a friend had a tour to Taroko Gorge for an entire day. Bruce showed us some great spots while avoiding most of the tourbusses. Also saw some spots we would have definitely not found by ourselves. Very complete tour for just a day in Taroko.
Bruce was very friendly and helpful. He made sure we had an awesome day.
Would highly recommend!

November 16, 2017

My sister and I were visiting Taiwan and were given the recommendation to book our Taroko tour with Island Life Taiwan. It was the best choice we made while in Taiwan. This company makes everything easy and comfortable. They were attentive, knowledgeable and helpful in giving us tips for planning the rest of our trip in Taiwan.

November 13, 2017

Amazing tour!
I booked this tour for my boyfriends birthday as a surprise and It did not disappoint and in fact exceeded all of my expectations. We’ve travelled to many countries and participated in many tours along the way, but this was by far our favourite. Daniel was very committed to making our day special and making it memorable and it most certainly was.
We did the Taroko Gorge tour, it was breath takingly beautiful and was made even better by Daniels extensive knowledge. We felt comfortable and truly felt like we had an unforgettable experience.
We both highly recommend this tour and in fact any tour provided by island life. For sure if we return to Hualien, island life would be the first point of contact!

November 12, 2017

This is THE way to see Taroko! Our guide from Island Life Taiwan knew her stuff. She was very knowledgeable and made us feel like we were long lost friends. Don’t go with any other tour company. Island Life Taiwan has everything you want in a tour!

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