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Butterfly Valley Hot Springs & Aboriginal Food Experience

Come take a relaxing and tasty trip with us through the stunning East Rift and Butterfly Valleys


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.

liyu lake east rift valley hualien tour
Bai Bao Creek Jade Hunting

After our relaxing stop at Liyu Lake, we’ll make our way to the beautiful Bai Bao Creek. Cutting through the hills near the remnants of an old jade mine, we’ll take off our shoes and walk through the stream looking for real Taiwan jade! While the quality of the jade shards we find here varies, the experience alone makes it well worth it.

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.

Mataian Wetlands East Rift Valley Tour hualien tour
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.

Cifadahan Amis Restaurant
Adding Stones to the Soup!

∗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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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

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!


8:00AM: Hotel Pickup


Valley Tour

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

3:30-4pm Return to Hualien Hotels

Mataian Wetlands on the East Rift Valley Tour
Cifadahan Amis Restaurant

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 9 reviews
May 9, 2019

Thank you Island Life for saving the day. Our few days in Hualien were rainy and we didn’t really know what to do. The team at Island Life Taiwan recommended this tour and it was perfect. Iris, our guide was really kind and let us decide how much time we wanted to spend at each place. No surprise we hung out at the hot springs most of the day. Hey when it’s rainy, why not soak?!
Thanks again.

May 4, 2019

One of my favorite things I did in Taiwan. My mom and I were looking for a pamper day and Island Life delivered. Beautiful nature, excellent food and luxurious hot springs resort…could not ask for a better day! Big thanks to our guide Iris for making us feel right at home all day.

November 23, 2018

Excellent and relaxing day in the countryside. After doing the Zhuilu Old Trail hike with Island Life, we were completely exhausted but still wanted to explore the area. Ana recommended this tour and boy was she right! Though seeing the nature spots was nice, the highlight was soaking in the hot spring pools surrounded by trees and mountains and then eating a unique and delicious (but a bit pricey) meal at the aboriginal restaurant. Very much worth the money and quite the experience. Thanks to Ana and our guide Iris for the unforgettable day!

November 16, 2018

A great experience with a great guide! Iris took us to the Butterfly Valley because it was too rainy to do the Mugua River Gorge tour but we were very happy with the decision. Even though it was raining, the water was warm and swimming in the rain is always fun! We ate the stone soup at the aboriginal restaurant which was an incredible expereince as they cook the soup right at your table! After we finished this tour we booked another tour with Island Life for the next day. Thank you to Ana, Daniel and Iris for making our Hualien trip exceptional.

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.

October 25, 2018

Butterfly valley is the perfect respite from the other more touristed sites in the area. Very secluded and incredibly beautiful. This tour is highly recommended as are all tours with IL.

September 2, 2018

The trail to the suspension bridge over the river is very beautiful but the pools are why you come here. There are few things as relaxing as spending a cool autumn day soaking in natural hot spring water. Our guide Santa was great and showed us numerous cool spots in the area. The East Rift Valley is beautiful and we’ll definitely come back to explore it more. Very enjoyable day in Butterfly Valley.

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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