Hualien
Starting Location
Lunch Included
Food
Moderate
Physicality
7/10
Adventure Factor
8 Hours
Duration

 

Explore Taroko Gorge The Island Life Way!

Our fun filled Better Taroko Gorge tour takes you to many of Taroko’s best sites, from the Swallow Grotto to the Baiyang Waterfalls and everywhere in between. We’ll spend as little time in the vehicle as possible, our groups never get bigger than 8 people, our guides all speak English and  your lunch and a Hualien City hotel pick up is always included! But that’s just the start.

 

Why Our Better Taroko Gorge Tour Is Actually the Best

More Time on the Nature Trails

We know Klook and Taiwan Tour Bus are cheaper, but while they’re taking you to the visitor center and other crowded tourist stops, we’ll take you walking along blue rivers, hiking to incredible waterfalls and immersing you completely in the beauty of Taroko National Park! There’s really no comparison.

Early Start = Less Traffic, More Places & Better Weather

Our tours start early to stay ahead of tour bus traffic and the afternoon rains. While others are just arriving mid day, we’ve already explored half the park. With open roads and fewer crowds you can see more amazing places in the sunshine! Taroko Gorge, the Island Life Way!

Less Crowds = More Wildlife

Each day, we’re among the first to numerous scenic nature trails, giving you a better chance of spotting wildlife such as butterflies, birds and yes…monkeys!

Lunch Included

Unlike the other guys, lunch is included, so you wont have to worry about paying an extra NT$200-$450 to eat. That’s value.

 

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

 

With Less Crowds, Lunch Included and Other Extras, Why Wait?

 

Trip Highlights

  • Be some of the first to the famous slot canyon of Swallow Grotto in the morning
  • Take a walk on not one, but TWO suspension bridges during your day
  • Take a nature walk through the “Mysterious Valley” on the Shakadang Trail
  • Walk through seven tunnels to the towering Baiyang Waterfalls
  • See the epic Eternal Spring Shrine and learn about the deadly history of the Cross-Mountain Highway.
  • Relax by a turquoise river and sample tasty homemade aboriginal treats
  • So, so much more

 

 

Itinerary

At Island Life, we promise to show you as much of the best of Taroko in one day as we can. In order to have a fun and flexible day, the exact itinerary for our tour can vary.  This tour departs from Hualien City.

Some likely stops include:

  • Swallow Grotto
  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail
  • Luishui Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Cimu Bridge
  • Tianxiang
  • Eternal Springs Shrine
  • Changuang Temple
  • Yuewang Suspension Bridge
  • Qingshui Cliffs
  • Chishingtan Beach
  • And other secret spots!

 

Details

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Free pick up at Hualien City hostel or hotel
DEPARTURE TIME 7:30-7:45 AM. We know our tour leaves earlier than the rest, but trust us, we do it to stay ahead of the tour buses and afternoon cloud cover. Very much worth it.
RETURN TIME Approximately 3:30 – 4PM.
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, sunscreen, a swimsuit (in case there is time for a river swim!) and some money for snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
INCLUDED
Transport & English Speaking Guide Lunch
Drinking water Lots of fun
NOT INCLUDED
Replacement mind after yours has been blown.
Guide gratuity

 New Taroko ATV Add On Now Available!

Taroko Gorge National Park

With this add on to our Taroko Gorge Tour or our Zhuilu Old Trail Tour, you can add a fun filled hour of ATV’ing on the beach out to the mesmerizing Qingshui Cliffs!

An Island Life Taiwan Exclusive!

Have a Question? Ready to Book Your Taroko Gorge Experience?

We’d Love to Help! 

 

Click Images to Enlarge

           

We look forward to you joining us!!

For further reading on Taroko Gorge National Park, check out: Taroko Gorge National Park: The Jewel of Taiwan

1

7:30AM: Hotel Pickup

Please be ready to go when we arrive.
2

Taroko Tour

We will spend the day visiting many of Tarokos best sites and walking on some spectacular trails. 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 much of the best of Taroko in one day as we can! Some possible stops include:
  • Swallow Grotto
  • Baiyang Waterfalls Trail
  • Luishui Trail
  • Shakadang Trail
  • Cimhu Bridge
  • Tianxiang
  • Eternal Springs Shrine
  • Changuang Temple
  • Yuewang Suspension Bridge
  • Qingshui Cliffs
  • Chishingtan Beach
  • And other secret spots!
3

3:30pm Return to Hualien Hotels

Taroko Gorge Tour
Taroko Gorge National Park
Baiyang Waterfalls, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swallow Grotto Cliff, Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
Liwu River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Cimhu Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Cimhu Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
Temple, Taroko Gorge National Park
Swimming, Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Shakadang Trail, Taroko Gorge National Park
what to do in hualien
what to do in hualien
Swallow Grotto, Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
what to do in hualien
Suspension Bridge, Taroko Gorge National Park
what to do in hualien
River, Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge National Park
Mountains, Taroko Gorge National Park
Temple, Taroko Gorge National Park

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 65 reviews
August 25, 2018

Our experience was amazing. Our tour guide was Iris. She worked so hard to make sure we had a wonderful tour. She really went above and beyond. The sights were breathtaking. I am so glad we did a small group tour with a guide that knew the area. We got to see so much that we would not have any other way. I highly recommend the tour and you will be luck if Iris is your tour guide.

August 25, 2018

What an incredible day! Iris is a joyous soul and went out of her way to make the day extra special for us. She personalized the day to our interests and needs, took lots of fun pictures, told us many interesting stories, let us try local foods, and even took us to some secret spots! It was a day I won’t soon forget and was one of the highlights of my trip to Taiwan. Ana also gave great service and answered all of my questions before the tour. I couldn’t have asked for more….except to do it again one day! You won’t regret booking this tour, it’s definitely the most authentic experience you will get.

August 23, 2018

Our tour guide Iris is what made this day tour absolutely fantastic! Her local knowledge and enthusiasm for the region coupled with an always cheerful nature ensured that my wife and I had a memorable stay in Hualien. Rather than us just looking at the passing (fantastic) scenery, Iris was able to provide a commentary that described the history and interesting features of each area that we passed through. We were not rushed along and had plenty of time to look around at each place.
We were so impressed with the day, that we immediately booked a second day tour (East Coast Explorer) for the following day with Island Life Taiwan and Iris.
If staying in Hualien, you simply must take the Island Life Taiwan – Taroko Gorge Day Tour – you will not be disappointed.

August 18, 2018

Excellent trip
I joined a group tour to the gorge at the last minute and it wasn’t a problem. There were 4 of us as well as our guide Simon. He was extremely friendly and knowledgable about the gorge and Taiwan in general. I liked that he knew the routes and timing’s of large tour groups which enabled us to avoid them for most of our trip together. We saw all the main sights of the gorge and did some of the shorter walking trails too. The car was comfortable and well stocked with extra water. I would definitely recommend this tour! I felt glad I wasn’t one of the people walking along the roads in the heat or on a massive coach full of people. Worth it!

August 13, 2018

Great tour with Iris
We had a great day out at Taroko Gorge with Iris, she was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Taroko and Hualien; she had an infectious energy which negated our grumpiness from waking up early (which we actually do highly recommend in order to miss the crowded tour buses). Iris showed us a great secret spot for a river swim, which was certainly the highlight of our trip, even my 61-year old dad gamely jumped into the clear blue water! Our pre-trip queries were also promptly dealt with by Ana. Highly recommend this wonderful little tour company.

August 6, 2018

What an incredible day we had! Our guide Iris took us on some excellent trails and to all the best spots in the park. She knew so much about the local culture, it was a blast hearing her stories during the day. We left our hotel early, so we missed most of the big crowds which was great and got lots of the trails done before the midday heat got bad. Overall an excellent tour and we would highly recommend Island Life!

June 10, 2018

This was an excellent tour of Taroko Gorge. Our guide, Iris, was thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable. We stopped at a great sample of spots in the park to see spectacular scenery. The included lunch was delicious. This is a great way to see Taroko Gorge if you only have one day to visit!

June 7, 2018

100% Worth It!
We initially were going to self-drive the gorge, but because it was a Saturday we didn’t want to worry about finding a place to park. We are super glad we found Island Life tours! Iris was so lovely, she clearly loves Hualien and her passion as a tour guide shows. She took us to all the key places, plus some little gems that are off the beaten track, and was happy to adapt the schedule to our needs (we were a small group, myself and my partner plus three other people). Time in the car was kept to a minimum. Highly recommend!

June 3, 2018

Great one day trip from Hualien to Taroko Gorge. Good if you want to get to see all the great sights of the Gorge but not wanting massively long hikes. Host Iris was so friendly, catered for return train times and took our group to several extra little hidden gems as well. Great fun!

June 2, 2018

We had a fantastic experience doing the Better Taroko Tour with Simon. From start to finish all the staff were super friendly and helpful, and overall we felt very well prepared and catered for and wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again. Thanks so much!

June 1, 2018

Awesome day at Taroko National Park with Island Life Taiwan! Highly recommended!

May 30, 2018

Had a great day, only 4 of us plus guide and driver. We went to places that we would not have known about or been able to find. Our guide was very knowledgeable on local history. As we had to catch the train back to Taipei that evening, our guide made sure we were back at the station on time. Would recommend this day trip to anybody!

May 27, 2018

Iris is a great guide!
We did a day trip to the amazing Taroko Gorge with Iris. She speaks very good English and shared her extensive knowledge of the area efficiently and well. She took lots of photos and put them up on Google drive the next day to share with us. Iris shared insights into local cuisine, the history of the area and answered the many questions we had. We walked nine kilometres on very easy terrain. We highly recommend this company and guide!

May 26, 2018

Great Private Taroko Tour with kids!
We did a private Takoro tour with Iris as our guide and had a great time. Her love of her hometown is evident in the way she shares stories and facts about the area. We saw all the main sights with Iris using her knowledge of the park to select the order so that we missed as many of the large tour groups as possible – this was key.
Booking the tour was very straightforward; communication was direct and timely and pricing was competitive. We were traveling with a baby, so needed a car seat and a bit of flexibility during the day, and Island Life was able to accommodate. Overall, we had a great experience on our tour of this beautiful place and would definitely recommend Island Life!

May 22, 2018

We had a great time visiting Taroko! We went with 3 people and we were picked up by Jason. Jason is a great guide, he explains everything in great detail and can give you a lot of insight on the history of the park. He came and picked us up in a private car. Basically you can stop at any point but he has set up several points where he stops and explains you. It was simply a great great day!

Leave a Review

Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.