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

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Incredible Views at Cimu Bridge & Frog Rock
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Trying a local snack and Juice on Shakadang Trail

WHY OUR TAROKO EXPERIENCE IS ACTUALLY THE BEST

EARLY START = LESS CROWDS
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!
LUNCH & EXTRAS INCLUDED
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!
MORE AWESOME PLACES
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.
SMALL GROUPS
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!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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
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Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Gorge National Park

DETAILS

DEPARTURE LOCATION Hualien City Hotels, Hostels & B&B’s
TIME Approx. 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
WEAR/BRING A camera, comfortable walking clothing, hat, bug spray, sunscreen and extra money for snacks, drinks and/or souvenirs.
INCLUDED
Air Conditioned Transport English Speaking Guide Equipment Use
Aboriginal Lunch Unique Extras Lots of fun!
NOT INCLUDED
Replacement Mind After Yours Has Been Blown
Guide gratuity
AGE REQUIREMENTS Private Tours: No age restrictions!

Group Tours: Ages 7 – 65

PRICING $1,600 TWD – $2,600 TWD per person including Lunch.  Contact us for a Quote!

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

A FEW PICS FROM THE TRIP!

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

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

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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! 
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 135 reviews
October 3, 2019

I did a lot of research before booking this tour – & it sure paid off! We had a group of 8 & that was so much better than travelling with a big group in a bus. Our guide, Alan, looked after us very well & had perfect English, so that was a bonus. We loved all the stops that we made & enjoyed the chance to sample the “aboriginal” meal. We have done a lot of day tours in different SE Asian countries & this was one of the best, I can’t recommend it enough.

September 24, 2019

Based on several blogs, we debated for a while how to visit the Taroko Gorge: by bicycle, by scooter or using the shuttle bus.
We eventually decided to go on an organised tour, as our time was limited.
This was clearly the best decision! This tour is an excellent first introduction to the Taroko Gorge!

Iris picked us up at our hotel in Hualien and showed us the different sights of the Gorge. Iris really knows the Gorge, knows where it will be busy and when, and as a result, you get the chance to visit all the sights with just the few of you! Even if you plan to spend a few days in the Gorge, I would recommend to do this trip first, so that you know where to focus your next days… Iris is incredbly knowledgeable and is keen to share any facts, advice or jokes with you!

Iris is also very friendly and nice person and goes above and beyond to help you out with any travel advice or problems! As independent travellers, it is very nice to meet someone so helpful who is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Highly recommended!

September 5, 2019

Such an amazing experience… I’m a solo backpacker and booked the tour to make sure I didn’t miss anything from Taroko Park, and to have an English speaker by my side to guide me.
Alan (our guide) was absolutely fantastic, funny, full of knowledge and spoke very good English. My tour was joined by 5 other travelers and we had the chance to enjoy a private, comfy, perfect experience of the park. Great lunch and very nice hikes, Alan made sure we were comfortable at all time and shared a lot of infos and tips with us. We even got to swim into the wonderfully blue water of the park !

Thanks again and don’t hesitate to book with them – you won’t be disappointed. Worth every penny.

September 2, 2019

Alan was an amazing guide, he took us to the main trail early so we didn’t get into the crowd. He showed us all his favorite secret spots along the way and explained us all the curiosities we needed to know about Taiwan and the aboriginal tribes living in the park, in a perfectly understandable English. The included lunch was very nice and typical. Very much recommended!

September 2, 2019

This was a fantastic tour. You will get picked up directly in front of your hotel and dropped off there and the end. The tour is really huge, we left at 8:15am and got dropped off around 4:30pm. We got to see a ton of sites in Taroko Gorge National Park, driving from one place to the next, while sometimes getting off for a quick hike. We also ate some great food at a native restaurant inside the Gorge. Allen, our very informative tour guide, was super fun and told us great stories about Taiwan and the Gorge. He also spoke fantastic English. Our group was full of other fun and interesting people as well. We can’t recommend this tour enough, it is absolutely worth it!

September 1, 2019

A Must Do In Taroko Gorge
I booked this trip pretty last minute (3 days before the tour date) and got very timely email replies and confirmation from Jamella. The tour group was small enough (only had 6 of us) and Allan as our tour guide/driver. Allan speaks very well English, is funny, has really good vibes and is very knowledgeable about the gorge. He also knows a lot of locals there. One of many highlights of this tour was swimming in the beautiful turquoise water, a REAL hidden gem that no other tourists knew about – thanks to Allan! The snack (sausage + special veggie) and lunch provided were amazing. I am very happy with the tour and truly believe the itinerary provided by this tour is the best itinerary that you won’t be able to find from any other tour company out there! Another interesting thing about this company is that you can pay the fee after the trip in cash while all other tour companies require travelers to pay in advance. I am sure I will engage this company/Allan again when I come back to Taroko Gorge, which is soon!

August 27, 2019

Excellent trip, great organization & Amazing Views!
Was really surprised by the high quality of organisation, no delays, prompt pick up, great service in English by the guide, everything under control and on the schedule. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone, just amazing nature, less crowds and nice food. Worth every cent you pay!

August 25, 2019

We spent two days visiting Taroko Gorge with Island Life Taiwan and met 3 guides in person and 1 administrator via email. The guides spoke good English, and the early start was great for beating the crowds. They were also knowledgeable, and helpful too! Thanks for celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with us!

August 24, 2019

Nice trip, great tour guide. I recommend!
Very good tour with great views and landscapes. The tour guide (Alan) as real knowledgeable of the places and friendly guy with a good English. No shopping and wasting time around bad places.

August 22, 2019

Great Tour
Had a great time in Taroko with these guys. They also recommended some great restaurants around town and gave us some tips on local life. Special thanks to Bruce for making it all happen.

August 19, 2019

Our trip to Taroko Gorge was amazing! My friend and I were initially going to explore the gorge by ourselves, but luckily we stumbled upon this tour while researching. It was the best tour we could have ever hoped for. The service overall was awesome, from the scheduling to the drop off at the end of the tour. We had such a fun time with our tour guide, Iris. She was so kind, funny, and knowledgeable about the history of Taiwan and the Taroko tribe. She really took care of us, making sure we were safe and didnt get wet from the rain while treading the trails. We even got to go ATVing on the beach near the gorge and also experienced Taroko tribe food at the top of the mountain. Our trip was 10x more memorable and amazing because of her. Highly recommend a tour with her as your guide!

August 12, 2019

Amazing Experience, Highlight of our trip in Taiwan!

We did two tours with Island Life Taiwan (Taroko and Zhuilu Old Trail) and both were spectacular experiences. They were definitely the highlight of our time in Taiwan!

Our tour guides (Iris and Manual) were very knowledgeable, nice, and accommodating. They went above and beyond to make the hiking as enjoyable as possible, and made it special for everyone on the tour.

Overall, I highly recommend doing the tours! The parks are huge and you need a great, local guide to be able to make the best of your time there.

August 12, 2019

This tours was amazing and we got to see everything we wanted and even more!
We had the best day with our guide Iris who was very helpful, knowledgeable and funny. We could not have asked for a better guide. The tours was very nice since it included a variety of activities, from swimming in crystal clear water to hiking to a temple in the mountains in the breathtaking scenery of Taroko gorge.

We would definitely recommend anyone to book this tour!

August 6, 2019

Best way to experience Hualien’s nature!
I had wanted to see Taroko Gorge while visiting in Hualien, but knew I couldn’t see much of it without some kind of tour. This one proved to be the best out there! Though it was a tiny bit pricier than a few of the other options I found, I thought it was well worth the cost. Alan was a great local tour guide! (And yes, he speaks English). Because our tour group was only 3 people, he was able to personalize the tour a bit more for us, staying longer in certain places to take pictures, or doing things in a slightly different order. It was all amazing!! So beautiful and not strenuous hikes. I paid extra for the ATV ride on the beach and it was absolutely worth it! We had the beach to ourselves and a whole hour to ride and enjoy the view. I highly recommend this tour while you are there, especially if you are traveling with multiple people, since the price will drop with each additional person. All in all, had a great day!

August 4, 2019

Truly an experience of a lifetime. We did the Taroko gorge tour and Zhuilu old trail tour with island life and couldn’t recommend them enough. Our guides, Allen, Iris and Jay were as friendly as could be. Great job.

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