Starting Location
Adventure Factor
8 Hours

East Rift Valley Discovery Tour

Come take a trip with us through Hualien’s stunning East Rift Valley!


While Highway 11 and East Coast National Scenic Area get a lot of the hubub, our unique tour of the vibrant East Rift Valley gives you a taste of everything Taiwan’s rich interior has to offer. From the serene Liyu Lake to the beautiful bike paths of Danong Dafu Forest Park, prepare yourself for a rural day out seeing an entirely different side of Taiwan.

The Beautiful East Rift Valley
The Beautiful East Rift Valley

Trip Highlights

  • Try a homemade Papaya Milk along the shores of the beautiful Liyu Lake
  • Take off your shoes and hunt for real Taiwan jade in the cool waters of Bai Bao Creek
  • Take a walk through a preserved Japanese era timber outpost at the historic Lintianshan Forestry Park
  • Enjoy the scenery as we drive through the agricultural farmlands of the East Rift Valley Scenic Area
  • Cruise the winding bicycle paths of Danong Dafu Forest Park
  • Step back in time at the prehistoric Saoba Monoliths
  • Straddle two climate zones at the Tropic of Cancer Marker
Danong Dafu Forest Park on the East Rift Valley Tour
Danong Dafu Forest Park
Liyu Lake on Hualien tours
Liyu Lake
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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up and drop off at your hostel or hotel in Hualien
RETURN TIME Approximately 4 PM.
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a swimsuit and towel (in case it is hot and there is time for a river swim!) a 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
The answer to life’s great riddle.
Guide gratuity

 New Scenic Flight Add On Now Available!

Hualien Flight Airplane

With this add on to our East Rift Valley Tour or our Butterfly Valley Tour, you can add a fun filled flight over the verdant East Rift Valley, and then over the mountains to the East Coast Scenic Area!

An Island Life Taiwan Exclusive!

We look forward to you joining us!!


8:00AM: Hotel Pickup


East Rift Valley Tour

We will spend the day visiting many of the East Rift Valley’s most beautiful locations, both natural and historical. 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 many wonderful parts of the East Rift Valley in one day as we can!

Some possible stops include:

  • Liyu Lake
  • Bai Bao Creek (Jade Picking)
  • Matai’an Wetlands
  • Danong Dafu Forest Park (Bicycle Riding)
  • Tropic of Cancer Marker
  • Yunshanshui
  • Saoba Monoliths
  • And other secret spots!

Approximately 4pm Return to Hualien Hotels

Mataian Wetlands on the East Rift Valley Tour
Saoba Monolith East Rift Valley Hualien Tour
East Rift Valley Hualien Tour
East Rift Valley Hualien Tour
Tropic of Cancer East Rift Valley Hualien Tour
East Rift Valley Hualien Tour
Danong Dafu Forest Park on the East Rift Valley Tour

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 5 reviews
May 9, 2019

A must do while in Hualien! We did two days with Island Life, the first was the Better Taroko tour which was a blast and the next day we did this one and I have to say, this was my favorite. Our guide Iris was so funny and fun, she really made the day a good one.

March 5, 2019

Such a fun day in the valley!
We did 5 tours with Island Life Taiwan and each one was very well planned and unique. The East Rift tour was especially cool because we found some real jade in the river and got to take it home with us! Our guide on this tour, Iris, was a delight. Highly recommended tour and tour company.

January 12, 2019

We had such a wonderful time with Iris! It was a bit rainy and chilly the day we went so Iris offered to take us to the Butterfly Valley Hot Springs resort while we were in the area. It was an extra $8 USD but worth it! Swimming in hot springs in the cool rain was amazing. They really know how to show you a great time at Island Life Taiwan. Highly recommended!

November 22, 2018

Our Guide Alan took us to so many wonderful spots. The valley was even greener and more full of farm land than we expected. A really unique experience in Taiwan. Very much recommend.

February 21, 2017

So beautiful! I really enjoyed getting away from the coast and seeing the valley. the mountains on both sides made for a really beautiful drive and we had a great time at all the stops. So many cool things to see in Taiwan! We’ll definitely use Island Life again if we come back this way.

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