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8 Hours
East Rift Valley, Butterfly Valley and Mugua River Gorge on our Hualien Rivers & Valleys tour

Let’s head to the Shapodang River, Bai Bao Creek, Butterfly Valley and more!

This unique day of fun, exclusive to Island Life Taiwan, gives you a truly awesome taste of everything Taiwan’s rich interior has to offer. We’ll swim in a turquoise river in the Shapodang River Gorge, look for real jade in Bai Bao Creek, visit forest trails and hot springs in Butterfly Valley, see the serene Liyu Lake and more! Prepare yourself for a wild and wonderful day out, seeing an entirely different side of Taiwan.

Hualien Rivers & Valleys
The Beautiful Shapodang River Valley


  • Swim in the crystal blue waters of the Shapodang River
  • Take a stroll along the tranquil Liyu Lake
  • Wade (and swim) through the waters of Bai Bao Creek in search of real Taiwan jade!
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional Amis Aboriginal Restaurant.
  • Wander the gardens and forest trails of Fuyuan National Forest (AKA Butterfly Valley)
  • Take a swim in the Butterfly Valley cold and hot spring Pools!
  • Try the locally made ice cream at the historic Hualien Sugar Factory
  • And more!
East Rift Valley, Butterfly Valley and Mugua River Gorge on our Hualien Rivers & Valleys tour
Relaxing in Butterfly Valley hot spring pools
East Rift Valley, Butterfly Valley and Mugua River Gorge on our Hualien Rivers & Valleys tour
Walking in Fuyuan National Forest


DEPARTURE LOCATION Hualien City Hotels, Hostels & B&B’s
TIME 7:30 AM – 4 PM
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, bug spray, sunscreen, a swimsuit & towel and money for lunch, snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Air Conditioned Transport English Speaking Guide Extras
Daily Insurance Butterfly Valley Entrance Lots of fun!
Bicycle or Kayak rental
Guide gratuity



We accept Cash, Credit Card and Paypal
100% refund on trips cancelled by bad weather


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    Hualien Rivers & Valleys Tour

    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 8 reviews
    January 9, 2023

    Outstanding! What a beauty of a place. Thank you Island Life for sharing it with us.

    September 2, 2019

    So much fun swimming. My friends and I did the River & Valleys tour and had a wonderful time on a hot day. Excellent fun with an excellent tour company.

    August 19, 2019

    Our group of 5 friends could not have asked for a more fun day. Swimming, hiking, hot spring-ing! A great additiona to our Taiwan experience. Iris our guide was great. We all recommend Island Life.

    August 17, 2019

    We brought our 7 & 9 year old daughters on the Rivers & Valleys tour with Iris, not sure if they would enjoy it. But it was their favorite part of the trip so far! Booking with Jamella was easy and Iris our guide was funny and helpful. A real passion for Taiwan. We would recommend this day to anyone who likes nature and likes to swim.

    August 12, 2019

    Awesome day with Island Life Taiwan! We booked last minute and Island Life was great at accommodating us. We didn’t think we’d like the Butterfly Valley hot springs as we are more wild nature people, but it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip in Taiwan. Gorgeous natural surroundings. The rivers in the Mugua River Gorge were so blue, we’ve never seen anything like it. We definitely recommend Island Life Taiwan and this Rivers & Valleys tour to everyone.

    July 8, 2019

    Wild time in Hualien!
    We did the Rivers & Valleys tour with Iris and what an amazing day it was. So nice to go out to a beautiful jungle river and we had it all to ourselves to swim and play. Very, very fun day! The falls and hot springs were also very nice. Recommend

    July 7, 2019

    Incredible day out with Island Life Taiwan! We were among the first to try their new Rivers &Valleys tour and had an absolute blast. Thanks Island Life!

    July 2, 2019

    Great times at the river!
    Wow Taiwan is beautiful. Nothing experience like getting out to a river in the mountains with no one around! We even found some real jade in the creek we’re taking home with us. Memory of our trip! Thanks!

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