Starting Location
Adventure Factor
8 Hours
Hualien Rainy Day Tour to Butterfly Valley

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

Prepare yourself for a relaxing and delicious day out as we stroll by Liyu Lake, look for Taiwan jade, take a walk in the Fuyuan forest, soak in Hot Springs and try delicious aboriginal cuisine. This is an unforgettable experience, not to be missed while in Hualien. For a more adventurous version of this tour that includes river swimming, be sure to also check out our Hualien Rivers & Valleys Experience.

Suspension bridge in Fuyuan National Forest
Suspension bridge in Fuyuan National Forest
Liyu lake on hualien tour
Beautiful Liyu Lake


  • Start the day with a scenic stroll at beautiful Liyu Lake and take in the morning air. 
  • Wade in clear turquioise water and look for real Taiwan Jade (and maybe take a swim!) in Bai Bao Creek
  • Keep an eye out for monkeys and butterflies as we take a walk in Fuyuan National Forest. 
  • Swim & soak in the spacious outdoor natural hot spring (and cold spring) pools in the verdant Butterfly Valley. 
  • Walk besides lotus blossoms, fish and frogs aplenty in the Matai’an Wetlands Ecological Park.
  • Sample local aboriginal food in the Cifadahan Traditional Amis restaurant. The Amis tribe are famous farmers and fishermen and here you can choose to try their “stone soup” prepared next to your table in a banana leaf bowl full of hot stones, salt crusted fish, wild local vegetables or any of a wide range of other traditional dishes. It’s an unforgettable experience!
  • And more!


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up and drop off at your 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.
Air Conditioned Transport Admissions
English Speaking Guide Lots of fun
Guide gratuity

NOTE: Due to varying tastes, lunch is not included in the price of the tour. You can expect to pay between NT$150 and NT$600 ($5 – $20 USD) per person depending on what you order.



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100% refund on trips cancelled by bad weather


    We Look Forward To You Joining Us!
    East Rift Valley, Butterfly Valley and Mugua River Gorge on our Hualien Rivers & Valleys tour

    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 10 reviews
    December 17, 2022

    Very much recommend this interesting tour that included swimming in hot spring pools on a cool morning. Delightful!

    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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