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

 

Explore Taroko Gorge The Island Life Way!

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

 

Why Our Better Taroko Gorge Tour Is Actually the Best

More Time on the Nature Trails

We know Klook and Taiwan Tour Bus are cheaper, but while they’re taking you to the visitor center and other crowded tourist stops, we’ll take you walking along blue rivers, hiking to incredible waterfalls and immersing you completely in the beauty of Taroko National Park! There’s really no comparison.

Early Start = Less Traffic, More Places & Better Weather

Our tours start early to stay ahead of tour bus traffic and the afternoon rains. While others are just arriving mid day, we’ve already explored half the park. With open roads and fewer crowds you can see more amazing places in the sunshine! Taroko Gorge, the Island Life Way!

Less Crowds = More Wildlife

Each day, we’re among the first to numerous scenic nature trails, giving you a better chance of spotting wildlife 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.

 

At Island Life we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on tours cancelled by bad weather!

 

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

 

Trip Highlights

  • Be some of the first to the famous slot canyon of Swallow Grotto in the morning
  • Take a walk on not one, but TWO suspension bridges during your day
  • Take a nature walk through the “Mysterious Valley” on the Shakadang Trail
  • Walk through seven tunnels to the towering Baiyang Waterfalls
  • See the epic Eternal Spring Shrine and learn about the deadly history of the Cross-Mountain Highway.
  • Relax by a turquoise river and sample tasty homemade aboriginal treats
  • So, so much more

 

 

Itinerary

At Island Life, we promise to 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.  This tour departs from Hualien City.

Some likely stops include:

  • Swallow Grotto
  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail
  • Luishui Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Cimu Bridge
  • Tianxiang
  • Eternal Springs Shrine
  • Changuang Temple
  • Yuewang Suspension Bridge
  • Qingshui Cliffs
  • Chishingtan Beach
  • And other secret spots!

 

Details

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Free pick up at Hualien City 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 Gorge National Park

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! 

 

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We look forward to you joining us!!

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

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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
Taroko Gorge National Park
Baiyang Waterfalls, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto Cliff, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, 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
Swimming, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
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River, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
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Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Temple, Taroko Gorge National Park

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 57 reviews
June 10, 2018

This was an excellent tour of Taroko Gorge. Our guide, Iris, was thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable. We stopped at a great sample of spots in the park to see spectacular scenery. The included lunch was delicious. This is a great way to see Taroko Gorge if you only have one day to visit!

June 7, 2018

100% Worth It!
We initially were going to self-drive the gorge, but because it was a Saturday we didn’t want to worry about finding a place to park. We are super glad we found Island Life tours! Iris was so lovely, she clearly loves Hualien and her passion as a tour guide shows. She took us to all the key places, plus some little gems that are off the beaten track, and was happy to adapt the schedule to our needs (we were a small group, myself and my partner plus three other people). Time in the car was kept to a minimum. Highly recommend!

June 3, 2018

Great one day trip from Hualien to Taroko Gorge. Good if you want to get to see all the great sights of the Gorge but not wanting massively long hikes. Host Iris was so friendly, catered for return train times and took our group to several extra little hidden gems as well. Great fun!

June 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!

June 1, 2018

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

May 30, 2018

Had a great day, only 4 of us plus guide and driver. We went to places that we would not have known about or been able to find. Our guide was very knowledgeable on local history. As we had to catch the train back to Taipei that evening, our guide made sure we were back at the station on time. Would recommend this day trip to anybody!

May 27, 2018

Iris is a great guide!
We did a day trip to the amazing Taroko Gorge with Iris. She speaks very good English and shared her extensive knowledge of the area efficiently and well. She took lots of photos and put them up on Google drive the next day to share with us. Iris shared insights into local cuisine, the history of the area and answered the many questions we had. We walked nine kilometres on very easy terrain. We highly recommend this company and guide!

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