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Lunch Included
Adventure Factor
8 Hours
One of Many things to do in hualien, a Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Park

*This experience is temporarily unavailable due to the earthquake of April 2024. We highly recommend some of our other amazing Hualien tours such as our popular Hualien Rivers & Valleys Experience or our East Coast Explorer Tour. Both show you incredible nature and culture in the Hualien area!*


Experience Taroko Gorge The Island Life Way!

Forget the big buses, and join Island Life Taiwan as we hit the trails, taste handmade Truku aboriginal cuisine, check out some amazing temples, cross suspension bridges and more.

Not only is a full ABORIGINAL LUNCH INCLUDED, but we also include other special experiences throughout the day intended to immerse you in the beauty and culture of Taroko Gorge. We’ll spend as little time in the vehicle as possible, our groups never get bigger than 8 people, all our guides speak English and your lunch and Hualien City hotel pick up is always included! 

Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Gorge National Park
Incredible Views at Cimu Bridge & Frog Rock
Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Park
Trying a local snack and Juice on Shakadang Trail


We leave Hualien early to beat the tour bus crowds. While others are just arriving at mid day, we’ve already explored half the park. Taroko Gorge, the Island Life Way!
A full spread aboriginal lunch in a spectacular locale, daily personal insurance, equipment use and other unique extras are all INCLUDED. Now that’s value!
Our unique experience seeks to immerse you in all the natural beauty and culture that Taroko has to offer. More trails, more experiences, more everything.
Our groups never get bigger than 8 so we can move efficiently through the park and do more. We avoid the crowds at all cost because nature is much better enjoyed without tour buses!


  • Stroll through the towering slot canyon of Swallow Grotto
  • Visit not one, but TWO suspension bridges during your day
  • Take a nature walk through the “Mysterious Valley” on the Shakadang Trail
  •  Enjoy zen with a view at the Changuang Temple
  •  Climb the Bell Tower Trail to a two story pagoda high on the hillside
  •  Enjoy an INCLUDED Aboriginal Lunch in the mountains and sample traditional indigenous vegetables
  •  Get blown away by the NEWLY REOPENED Tunnel Of Nine Turns!
  •  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
  •  And so, so much more
One of Many things to do in hualien, a Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Gorge National Park
Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Gorge National Park


TIME Approx. 7:30 AM – 4 PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION Hualien City Hotels, Hostels & B&B’s
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and extra money for snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
Air Conditioned Transport English Speaking Guide Equipment Use
Aboriginal Lunch Unique Extras Lots of fun!
Replacement Mind After Yours Has Been Blown
Guide gratuity
AGE REQUIREMENTS Private Tours: No age restrictions!

Group Tours: Ages 7 – 65

PRICING Contact us for Pricing!

Note: While other tour companies only visit 4- 5 places in the park, Island Life typically visits 9-10 or more.



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


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    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 267 reviews
    December 26, 2023

    My friend and I signed up for this tour and both had an amazing time! Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and we really appreciated her sharing information about the area with us. This was also a great way for us to meet new people and make some friends! Overall I would recommend this tour to anyone!

    October 24, 2023

    My partner and I had a great time! Our guide Alan had a lot of insight and was very funny and kind. He had a really good understanding of the park and its various traffic control points and distances. Some of the trails were unexpectedly closed dues to rockslides, but Alan was able to pivot without missing a beat and maximizimed what we were able to do. The gorge is unbelievably beautiful and was the highlight of our trip. Pick up and drop off at our accomodation was really nice. We highly recommend the tour to anyone considering it.

    September 16, 2023

    Our guide Santa was knowledgeable, humourous and patient! The responses to my many emails were quick and reassuring. Taroko Gorge is beautiful, thrilling, and a must-visit in Taiwan!!

    August 13, 2023

    Extraordinary tour with Alan ! Wonderful English-speaking guide who toured us around Taroko and showed us great spots, while sharing us the history behind the spots. Really great time and Alan’s open-minded mindset and personality took the tour to another level. Thanks a lot !

    June 27, 2023

    Jason was an enthusiastic tour guide who shared the history, food, scenery, and stories surrounding Taroko Gorge. Very in depth. Lots of spots covered that would’ve been difficult to get to and fully appreciate on my own. Would recommend!

    June 27, 2023

    Better Taroko Gorge tour. Jason was our tour guide. He immediately started introducing himself and talking about Taiwan, Taroko, and it’s history which it feel very welcoming. He’s very humorous, cracking jokes and integrating them into the tour to teach us about taroko. We hit so many different locations and got lots of pictures. Jason does a great job moving fast not wasting any time so you get the most of the experience. He went over and beyond the whole time. I highly recommend this tour.

    June 27, 2023

    Jason our tour guide made this the most enriching experience. We did so much more than just walk . From the car ride there and the entire trip, he retold dozens of history stories, legends, and facts about dozens of places. His passion for his home town and admiration of nature is contagious. He shared with us the diversity of species, the history of Taiwan, controversy’s, natural landmarks. We walked as high up as the bridge with gorgeous views and as deep through tunnels to see a shrine. Best way to learn and a must do for nature lovers. Jason’s knowledge and love for what he does guarantees that you will have the best experience ever. 10/10.

    June 18, 2023

    I went on their Taroko gorge trip and it was wonderful. They have a maximum of 7 participants. They also begin their tour earlier so you get to the main places of interest before the crowds. Alan our tour guide was so knowledgeable, passionate and funny. It was a very enjoyable day. The hiking was lovely and I also learned a lot about indigenous aboriginal culture. A lovely aboriginal lunch is also included in the price. Great day and great value

    April 17, 2023

    We had a fantastic day with our tour guide Alan at Taroko. He took us to so many different places and gave us enough time to explore everything. Overall a great experience and definitely worth the money!

    April 16, 2023

    My last day in Taiwan as a solo traveler I decided to book the Better Taroko Tour, and let me tell you I got more than I expected. Alan was our guide and he was so fun and went above and beyond for us. We were suppose to be done around 4, we got back into town at almost 6. He dropped a couple of us off at the train station was trying very hard to get us to our booked trains in time. He was fun and made great jokes. Overall, it was such a great time

    April 5, 2023

    The tour lasted over 10 hours starting at 8 and finishing at 6! Alan the tour guide was great and very passionate about his home land as well as the tribal culture that he taught us lots about. Definitely worth the money and would recommend to friends and family.

    April 4, 2023

    We had a wonderful time visiting Taroko with Allen as our tour guide! He was extremely friendly and fun to talk to and was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Since everyone in our group had extra time at the end of they day, Allen was generous enough to bring us to a few extra locations near the gorge. We ended up doing so much that I can’t even keep track of it all, but the parts that stood out the most included the suspension bridge on the way to the bell tower and the Tunnel of Nine Turns Area. Overall, I would 10/10 recommend this tour!

    January 10, 2023

    Incredible! I had no idea how stunning Taroko is. The Island Life tour guides are so proud of it and really showed it off! What an amazing day. We can’t wait to go back! Take the tour, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

    January 8, 2023

    No other words than Fantastic and Outstanding day with Alan our very knowledgeable guide who made the day very special thanks to his great knowledge of the gorges, his excellent english and most importantly his humour. We had so much fun discovering the wonders of Mother Nature, very well organized tour, will do it again without any hesitation. Great job to Alan and to Islandlife taiwan.

    January 7, 2023

    Just stunning. There is no other place like it. Our tour guide was incredible and the whole team was detail-oriented.
    Awesome time!

    December 19, 2022

    Amazing tour with Alan! We saw so much of the park it felt like the most comprehensive tour we’ve been on. Several places they drop you at one end for a scenic walk and then pick you up at the other end, something you couldn’t do if travelling on your own. The nature of Taroko is incredible and overall this was one of our best experiences in Taiwan.

    December 12, 2022

    Great Taroko tour with Allen. I took a private tour of the Taroko park and gorge from island life adventures. They were very quick to respond to my inquiry and we conducted all details on what’s app but they also took calls . Allen was our local guide and he was fantastic. Great English and provided a very personal experience since he grew up in the area visiting the park regularly with his grandmother. You get a great history of the area, the country, and the people and culture. A nice local meal at the top of the mountain , a swim in the gorge , everything was well done and very well managed . Thanks Allen for a great time I will not forget .

    December 2, 2022

    This was a fantastic experience in my two night stay in Hualien, all thanks to Allen, our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and had a lot of insight to share about the area; his English is fantastic and so were all of his jokes. The van was comfortable and well kept, and he gave us plenty of time to explore each site – I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to explore the Taroko Gorge.

    December 1, 2022

    Loads in one day with great guide
    Great friendly guide who spoke good English and was super knowledgeable about the area, shared loads of interesting stuff about Taiwan. The tour itself covered WAY more than we could have done with public transport, so all in all really excellent!

    November 17, 2022

    Memorable and exciting tour!
    A family of 4 joined the Taroko Gorge tour. We were very well taken care of by Allen the guide. He was knowledgeable and throughout the trip, managed the time very well so that we covered many areas for this trip. Allen also took us to the best scenic spots and took some amazing photos for us too! Our trip to Hualien was made so much more interesting and memorable with this tour. Thank you Allen!

    October 27, 2022

    If I could give this tour more than 5 stars, I would! Even with some rainy weather, this was by far the best tour I’ve ever been on!

    I contacted Island Life Taiwan via email a week or two before planning on being in Hualien to arrange a tour and they were very swift to reply. Everything from the pre-tour planning to the tour itself was extremely well managed and I was very satisfied with the customer service.

    Our guide, Iris, was very welcoming and happy to accommodate us in any way possible. We definitely benefitted from her local knowledge and were not only able to enjoy the amazing scenery around Taroko, but also learn more about the culture that surrounds it. She even helped me with the application process for the Zhuilu Old Trail permit and took all the pictures a tourist could dream of.

    This was such a phenomenal place to visit, and the tour more than did it justice!

    Thanks so much – I would recommend this tour to absolutely everyone who wants to visit Taiwan!!

    October 7, 2022

    Best Taroko Gorge Tour
    The whole tour was excellent. Every experience was 10/10. Food, scenery, guide every thing was just fantastic. The guide spoke great English which made life easy.

    August 12, 2022

    Better Life with Island Life Taiwan
    Taroko National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, exploring with Alan was a very pleasant trip. One of my favorite locations was the Qingshui Cliffs which Alan brought us to. We left early to avoid the crowds which gave us a very good experience.

    July 8, 2020

    Went on a Taroko gorge tour with IRIS on the 5th of January 2020. She picked us up from our accommodation at 7.30 am and there was only 6 of us on the tour which was fantastic. She took us to all the major sites on the tour before lunch which was great as there were no crowds or waiting time anywhere. We drove past the places after lunch and saw heaps of people lining up at the places we had been. IRIS had a great understanding of all the places we visited and you could see her love for her country. Her English was outstanding and would recommend highly this tour to do. 10/10 !!!

    April 23, 2020

    Better Taroko Tour with Santa.We had a wonderful tour with Santa as guide! While driving he told us lots of stories. He is a funny guy who made everyone laugh during the whole day. His English was good and he gave clear information. We were ahead of all the tour buses which was great! It was like we almost had Taroko to ourselves 🙂 Thanks!

    February 28, 2020

    Taroko Gorge tour and lunch. Had a great day touring Taroko Gorge. Allen picked us up at our apartment, in total there were 7 people in our van. It was a comfortable ride and Allen used the time well so that we were able to see several different sights. He also explained a lot about Taiwan’s history, as well as plant and animal life. Lunch was a traditional meal and good. We never felt rushed, but things moved along at a good pace. Beautiful area, well worth seeing if you are in Hualien. Pickup was about 7:30am and we returned about 3:30 or 4 pm.

    November 27, 2019

    Great Taroko Experience. Superb Taroko experience, Allen was a great guide, a lot of information about local life and Taroko aboriginal tribe. Very comfortable van with AC, more than enough dinner included in the price of trip. Highly recommended tour agency in Hualien.


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