Starting Location
Adventure Factor
8 Hours

Butterfly Valley Hot Springs

& Aboriginal Food Experience

Come take a relaxing and tasty trip with us through the inland jewel of Eastern Taiwan, the stunning East Rift Valley.


Liyu Lake

This relaxing and sumptuous day begins at Liyu Lake, a tranquil spot surrounded by verdant green hills, a sculpture garden and walking path. Drink some coffee, take a breath of fresh air and embrace the nature that surrounds you.


Fu Yuan National Forest

Moving on further into the East Rift Valley, our next stop is the aptly named Butterfly Valley Hot Springs resort nestled in the Fu Yuan National Forest Park. We’ll take a nature walk along a scenic river trail to a suspension bridge perched across the green valley, while keeping an eye out for monkeys and many of the 450+ butterfly species in the area.


Butterfly Valley Hot Springs

After our nature walk, we’ll change into our swimsuits, and then spend the late morning soaking in the numerous hot spring pools of Butterfly Valley resort. With views of mountains and forests around you, saunas & steam rooms and more, there are few more relaxing ways to share the love of natural hot springs that has become such a part of Taiwanese culture.


Matai’an Wetlands

With our muscles relaxed and with refreshed positive attitudes, we’ll then make our way to the nearby Matai’an Wetlands Ecological Park to stroll along plank paths over a natural wetland area. Keep an eye out for lotus blossoms, fish and frogs in the waters beside you.


Cifadahan Traditional Amis Restaurant

On the far side of the wetlands, we’ll reach our lunch destination. The Cifadahan traditional Amis restaurant. The Amis tribe are famous farmers and fishermen and here we can sample some of the finest Amis food in Taiwan. Famous for their “stone soup”, this treat is prepared beside you in a large bowl made from banana leaves. The broth is filled with local wild vegetables, prawns and fish. After the broth is prepared, large, hot stones are added to the bowl, cooking the soup right beside you! Besides this dish, you could also try salt cooked whole fish prepared in charcoal, wild mountain vegetables or various other dishes specific to the region and culture. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.

Once we’re good and stuffed, we’ll make our way back to Hualien and return you to your hotel.

∗Please note that due to varying tastes, lunch is not included in the price of the tour. You can expect to pay between NT$150 and NT$500 depending on what you order.

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Liyu Lake
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Butterfly Valley Pond
Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
Butterfly Valley Trail
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River Through Butterfly Valley
Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
Butterfly Valley Hot Springs


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Butterfly Valley Hot Springs
Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
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Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
Cifadahan Amis Aboriginal Restaurant
Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
Traditional Stone Soup
Butterfly Valley and aboriginal Food Tour
Adding Stones to the Soup





DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up and drop off at your hostel or hotel in Hualien
RETURN TIME Approximately 3:30-4 PM.
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, swimsuit, towel, water bottle, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and money for food, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Transport and English Speaking Guide Admissions
Drinking Water Lots of fun
Guide gratuity
REFUND/CANCELLATION At Island Life, we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on tours cancelled by bad weather! If you decide to cancel your tour for other reasons, we ask that you let us know at least 48 hours ahead of your scheduled tour for a full refund. Within 48 hours you will assess a 50% termination fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you decide not to show up.

We look forward to you joining us!


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8:00AM: Hotel Pickup


Valley Tour

  • Liyu Lake
  • Butterfly Valley
  • Matai’an Wetlands
  • Cifadahan Aboriginal Restaurant

3:30-4pm Return to Hualien Hotels

Mataian Wetlands East Rift Valley Hualien Tour

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
November 10, 2018

We’ve been on two tours of Island Life Taiwan in October: the Zhuilu Old Trail tour and the Butterfly Valley tour. Due to bad weather conditions we couldn’t do the Mugua River tour and the Lisong Hot Spring Tour we had hoped to do, so we chose to do the Butterfly Valley tour instead. Although not as adventurous as the aformentioned tours, our guide Iris really gave us a good view of life in Hualien and we got to meet some local aboriginal kids. We also went jade hunting in a river which was a fun experience! Iris really knows how to make this tour a special experience and knows a lot about the culture there as a local. It’s a good and relaxing alternative and you get to see things that the average tourist will never see.

April 4, 2018

We got to Hualien and planned to do the Mugua River tour but the weather was too cold for swimming in the rivers that day. Island Life recommended this tour as an alternative and we were VERY happy they did. Our guide Iris was very funny, spoke perfect English and loved showing us everything throughout the day. You could tell she really loves Taiwan. We went on a weekday so the hot springs were practically empty which was amazing for us. We spent about 2 hours in the hot springs and took a nice nature walk out to the butterfly valley river. Very beautiful. The aboriginal restaurant we went to was one of the best meals we had in Taiwan. Very much recommended. Thank you for a great day Island Life!

December 10, 2017

Perfect on a chilly, rainy day! We had a wonderful time visiting the hot springs and the food was absolutely delicious. The team at Island Life really know what they’re doing. Highly recommended!

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