Starting Location
Adventure Factor
8 Hours

Get Ready for an Epic Day in the Mugua River Gorge!

Prepare yourself for Taiwan’s spectacular Mugua River Gorge! We’ll spend the day swimming in a number of the most pristine blue rivers and waterfalls you’ve ever seen and hiking through epic verdant, green jungle.

This is a truly wonderful way to experience the forests, waters and culture that make this part of Taiwan so special.

Mugua River Gorge, Emerald Valley
Emerald Valley Pool #1

Trip Highlights

  • Take a jungle hike to 4-5 secluded swimming holes in the mesmerizing Emerald Valley
  • Enjoy an invigorating shower under Zimu Waterfall
  • Visit a traditional Truku tribe Machete Workshop
  • Relax at lunch beside gorgeous Liyu Lake
  • Sample the areas traditional “Live Shrimp in Special Sauce” if you dare!
  • Take an after lunch swim in the refreshing Miyawan River
  • Hike up to visit stunning Rainbow Falls (road conditions and time permitting)
Cooling Off Under Zimu Falls on the Mugua River Gorge Tour
Cooling Off Under Zimu Falls
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 Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a swimsuit, a towel, a water bottle, a hat, bug spray, sunscreen and money for food, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Transport, Guide & Admissions Drinking Water
River Shoes Lots of fun
Wetsuit or Life jacket (if you can’t swim)
Guide gratuity

IMPORTANT NOTES: This adventure includes several significant elevation rises on rocky terrain and requires good physical fitness and decent balance. Those with leg or balance issues, children under the age of 6, and adults over the age of 60, are kindly asked to consider a different tour. Also, this tour operates seasonally and may be cancelled due to inclement weather at the discretion of Island Life. Contact us for availability. As always we offer a 100% refund for tours cancelled due to weather. Safety First! Thank you!

At Island Life we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on tours cancelled by bad weather!

We look forward to you joining us!!


8AM: Hotel Pickup

Please be ready to go when we arrive.

Jungle Trek to Zimu Falls

Over the river and through the jungle to this spectacular falls we go!

Exploring Emerald Valley

We’ll hike through the jungle and take a dip in some of the most sparkling blue green swimming holes you’ve ever seen.

Lunchtime at Liyu Lake!

By Liyu Lake, we’ll take a break at a local eatery and relax.

Miyawan River

Now that we’re well rested, we’ll spend some time swimming and enjoying this beautiful river valley.

Visit to Truku Machete Workshop (Seasonal)

Finally, we’ll head into Tongmen to visit this impressive traditional workshop. (Open Seasonally)

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 10 reviews
May 9, 2019

Like nothing we have seen or experienced before. We had no idea awesome places like this existed in Taiwan. Our guide Manu was friendly and knowledgeable. FUN day. Recommended.

May 2, 2018

I’m glad to know that there is much more to Hualien tourism than just Taroko National Park. Ana is a great tour guide and had little tidbits about everywhere we went and Santa was a great driver, providing us with aboriginal history about the surrounding areas. Our group really enjoyed the trip and would definitely recommend Island Life to people visiting Hualien!

April 18, 2018

Taroko is amazing, but spending a day out hiking in the jungle and swimming in these idyllic rivers was the highlight of our time in Hualien. Our teenage boys were over the moon jumping off rocks and swimming under waterfalls. Even my husband was like a kid in a candy store skipping rocks and doing cannonballs off the rocks! A truly memorable family experience. We went with Ana, but I’m sure everyone at Island Life is just as caring and attentive. Bring swimshirts if you get cold easily though, in March the rivers weren’t exactly warm!

April 17, 2018

Don’t usually write reviews, but this warrants one. I’ve done waterfall tours in Thailand, Costa Rica and many other places, but nothing quite like this. The water is just this electric blue color. The folks at Island Life definitely found some amazing locations, and unlike Thailand and Costa Rica, there were no big crowds. Also kudos to our guide Simon, very knowledgeable and a great dude to spend a day out with. Highly recommend this tour.

April 5, 2018

I never could have found these places without Agathe and Island Life. I messaged the day before and happily they offered me a spot on this tour for the next day. So happy I took it! Very, very beautiful places and good swimming.

March 29, 2018

I did the Mugua river tour with Island Life recently and it was awesome! It’s really about the places they take you, I mean these swimming spots and waterfalls are the most blue water I’ve ever seen and are out in the middle of the jungle. And at several of the spots, we were the only ones there! Our guide Egette (SP?) was a really cool French girl who spoke great English AND perfect Chinese! She really went above and beyond to show everyone a great time. Oh, and if the live shrimp are in season, you HAVE to try them!

March 21, 2018

Two words for this tour… holy crap. I had no idea Taiwan would be this beautiful. Best experience of our trip to Asia so far. Can’t recommend Island Life enough.

March 16, 2018

This is possibly the best river experience of our lives. The water in Emerald valley was unlike anything we’d ever seen before! Our guide Egette (sp) was very attentive and made sure people were safe as we made our way from swimming hole to swimming hole. Each one better than the last! The waterfalls were stunning as well. Bring bug spray! I have already told many friends they need to do this if they ever come to Taiwan!

March 11, 2018


August 21, 2015

The best day out in the jungle I could have imagined. The water was as blue as any I’ve ever seen and the guys at Island life showed us an excellent time. The lunch was far better than I expected too. Really fun, funny guys.

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