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Adventure Factor
8 Hours

Hualien East Coast Explorer : Shihtiping, Beaches & Beyond!


Come join us for a spectacular day cruising down Taiwan’s fabled Coastal Highway 11! We’ll spend this wonderful day out beach hopping and exploring some of the greatest locations along Taiwan’s stunning East Coast. From Fanshuiliao Gorge to the amazing Shihtiping, you’re sure to have a couple jaw drop moments with us!

Shihtiping, one of the best things to do in Hualien, Taiwan
Beautiful Shihtiping

Trip Highlights

  • We’ll soak up the sand and surf at Jici Beach. 
  • Drop in on the eclectic aboriginal community at the secret cove of Niushan Huting (Cow Mountian).
  • Wander amidst bizarre rock formations and tidal pools at the fabled Shihtiping. 
  • Visit the East Coast’s second biggest gorge at Fanshuliao Mini Gorge.
  • Use a traditional longbow and bamboo arrows at an aboriginal Hunting Camp (seasonal).  
  • Straddle the line between two climate zones at the Tropic of Cancer Marker.
Niushan Huting, the secret cove of Cow Mountain
Niushan Huting (Cow Mountain Cove)

And So Much More!

With So Much To Explore, Why Wait?


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 walking clothing and shoes, swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen and money for food, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Transport and English Speaking Guide All Admissions
Drinking water Lots of fun
Life jacket (if you can’t swim)
Guide gratuity
We look forward to you joining us!!

8AM: Hotel Pickup


Visit to Shuilian Beach

A beautiful secret little spot

Niushan Huting aka Cow Mountain Beach

This stunning beach will take your breath away. If it doesn’t, the winding drive down to it might!

Fanshuliao Mini Gorge

The views through Taiwan’s second biggest gorge are spectacular.

Baci Viewpoint

Incredible sweeping view of the coastline.

Jici Beach

Relax at one of the East Coast’s most famous beaches. We’ll have time for swimming or hiking if weather permits! 


Outdoor lunch by the ocean.


Marvel at the otherworldly rock formations and tidal pools.

Tropic of Cancer Marker or Baxian Caves

Stand in two climate zones or visit spectacular ocean side caves.

Coastal cruising

A scenic drive back to Hualien.

3:30-4PM return to Hualien hotels

*All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, time or closures.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 8 reviews
May 9, 2019

If you don’t know what to do while you are in Taiwan, DO THIS! Highly recommended. Our guide Santa knew all the best spots to stop and explore. A truly great time!

March 5, 2019

I did two tours with Island Life recently, the Mugua River Gorge Tour and the East Coast Explorer tour. Both were FANTASTIC! I can’t recommend these tours and the team at Island Life enough. Will definitely call them the next time we’re in Taiwan.

February 20, 2019

What an incredible day!
We did the East Coast tour with Island Life in January, and even with the cooler weather it was an amazing time! Our guide Iris showed us so many beautiful places and took us to a great little restaurant by the coast for lunch. Shihtiping is incredible! I highly recommend this tour and the great group at Island Life Taiwan.

January 8, 2019

What fun! On a sunny day there is no better stretch of road in Taiwan. Shitiping was a very cool place to explore, and swimming at Jici beach was chilly but beautiful. Green mountains and coastline are always a great combination! Special the thanks to Island Life for showing us so many places we’d never have found otherwise!

April 15, 2018

My friends and I did the East Coast Explorer with Island Life and had just an incredible time. We ate smoked flying fish at an indigenous restaurant and saw lots of sea life in the tidal pools at Shihtiping. Cow Mountain beach was like a secret hideaway! We had no idea Martin Scorsese filmed a movie there! Overall an excellent way to spend time in Hualien. Highly recommended.

April 2, 2018

Shityping was soooooo great! Our guide Santa (His English name) was a hoot! We ate lunch at an aboriginal seafood restaurant right by the ocean. A fantastic day out on a beautiful coastline. Recommended! Go! Go! Go!

February 5, 2018

We told Island Life ahead of time that we like to hike, so they tailored a private Coastal tour for us with a river hike, a mountain hike and some great walks on the coast! Overall a perfect experience. Shihtiping is definitely the highlight, the tidal pools alone there we could spend hours exploring. When we come back to Taiwan next time, we will definitely call Island Life again.

December 4, 2016

This tour was best time! Very much recommend Daniel and Island Life.

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