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

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.
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 $1,950 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!

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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 246 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.

October 2, 2019

Alan is a great guide, tour was flexible and fun. I took this tour a few days after a typhoon, so there was some concern that many of the sites in the gorge would still be closed for repairs. There were no issues at all, Alan knew just where to go to make sure we had a good time.

Alan’s english was great. He’s a local, knew lots about the history and culture of the area, and told some interesting stories about the people and the landscape.

I particularly appreciated the attention to the group mood. We ended up being 7 solo travelers, chatty, with a fair amount of energy. Alan let us set the pace. When it turned out the group was more interested in hiking than swimming, Alan adjusted the timing to so we could explore a bit more… and still took us to a beautiful calm spot in the river at the end of the day to sit around and cool off.

Lunch was great. The restaurant gave us samplers of many traditional side dishes, had good vegetarian options, and everybody enjoyed their meal.

October 2, 2019

An Incredible Tour! This was by far the best tour I have ever been on. Alan was an amazing guide, and made the experience both casual and fun but still incredibly interesting. The price is well worth it and very reasonable, I cannot recommend this tour enough! We were never rushed or hurried anywhere even we ended a bit later than we were supposed to, just so that we could enjoy the tour more. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

October 2, 2019

Can’t recommend them enough. I did a lot of research before booking this trip, & it really paid off. All communications were responded to very promptly & I liked the fact I could pay in cash when we were there instead of mucking about with c/card or Paypal prior to going. The small group concept is great, you get to avoid a lot of the crowds. Our guide, Alan, was one of the best we’ve had, in many years of travelling. His English was perfect & he took the time to make sure everyone was doing OK & enjoying their day. The fact that he is so proud of Hualien really shone through & his enthusiasm for the beautiful sights in the Gorge was infectious. The lunch at a Lodge was a great opportunity to sample”aboriginal” food. We made about 7 stops at some amazing viewpoints & thoroughly enjoyed our day.

September 24, 2019

Best 1-day introduction to Taroko Gorge! 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 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 23, 2019

I would book another tour with this company! It was my first time visiting Hualien and the tours offered by this company all sounded very interesting. I only had time for one so I decided to do this. I really like the style of “start early, end early, avoid the crowds” which was exactly what we got.

The driver/guide was so friendly and humorous. Also, there was a medium-magnitude earthquake barely 2 hours before the start of the tour so he spent some time allaying our concerns and assuring our safety as I had never experienced an earthquake before. He had in-depth knowledge and kept up to date on which trails and attractions were closed or open/ing and pointed those out to us along the way.

I really enjoyed myself and the scenery was so beautiful. We felt like we had the place to ourselves as the main tourist crowd only started coming in towards the end of our tour. The whole experience was well planned and we had a great guide. I really recommend this tour and this agency to everyone going to Hualien.

September 22, 2019

Amazed! Beautiful staff !! Amazing treatment .. very patient and very welcoming . Would 100% recommend , loved it ! Can’t wait for my next tour

September 20, 2019

Great tour! Loved our Better Taroko Gorge tour with our wonderful guide, Allen! We were the only two people on our tour today. So glad we opted for this tour instead of taking the bus or renting a car. We got to see all the highlights without any of the hassle. Allen was very knowledgeable, friendly and went the extra mile for us.

September 19, 2019

Above and beyond our expectations. We wanted to see the taroko gorge, and could not have picked a better tour. Our guide iris knew the area like the back of her hand, and navigated us through almost a dozen amazing sights, managing to avoid all roadblocks and even a lot of the crowds. Thanks to the early start we got to see some beautiful sights without any other tourists, and we avoided huge crowds altogether. We also ate a good lunch and got a lot of tips about other great things to do and the best restaurants in hualien. 100% recommended!

September 19, 2019

Great tour that went the extra mile. We spent two days with Island Life Taiwan going to Taroko Gorge and then down the East Coast of Taiwan to Taitong with Iris as our tour guide. We were on a private tour with just four of us. Iris was born and raised in Hualien and a former teacher and was able to provide us with an excellent tour loaded with local information and insight. But, beyond that, Iris went the extra mile in helping us. We were traveling during the mid-autumn festival and did not have a train tickets from Taitong to Kaoshiung and could not find any. Iris and her sister went to work and spent hours trying to find us tickets on the train for the next day. Finally, her sister found some around 11 p.m., informed Iris and then Iris drove down to the train station and purchased the tickets for us as they needed to be purchased by midnight. What tour guide is going to do this for you? Well, with Iris you can rest assured she is going to take over your problem and help you out. We highly recommend this tour company.

September 19, 2019

The BETTER Taroko Gorge Tour. Allen was my tour guide and he was excellent! He was enthusiastic from the beginning.
He was prompt and always courteous….made sure we were comfortable and was very clear with his directions when he dropped us off and met us later. He was also very funny and offered good information during the tour. I would highly recommend him if you take this tour!

September 16, 2019

Fantastic Tour, Great Guide, Highligh recommended. This tour delivered exactly want I wanted. To explore the Taroko Gorge with a small group and the early start meant less people. Allan was a brilliant tour guide. He has in-depth knowledge of Taroko Gorge and it’s history and his English was fluent. No part of the tour felt rushed, and Allan took plenty of pictures too, which were emailed across. Jamella was very responsive to emails and provided detailed information on what to do as I was unable to book a train ticket online from Taipei to Hualien. I am planning to come back to Hualien next year and do two other tours with this same company.

September 13, 2019

Nice tour, great guide. We had a verry fun day with our tourguide Allan. He is a great guide with a nice sense of humour and during the tour you will learn a lot about Taroko, the original tribes and Taiwanese culture. His English is perfect. The trip is verry wel organised and exactly as was promised. Allan also took a lot of photos which we recieved the day after. The lunch was verry good with great vegetarian/vegan options.

September 11, 2019

The greatest tour of Taroko!! Going to Taroko National Park with Taiwan Island Life is one of the greatest experiences I had while in Taiwan!
Our guide Santa was very knowledgeable and didn’t hold back in telling us all the greatest things about Taroko, the tripe and his hometown of Hualien.
Our group was quite small so it was easy to talk and get to know the others. For a solo traveller like myself, I can really recommend going on this trip!

September 10, 2019

Excellent trip, fantastic guides. We took a private tour of the Taroko Gorge on our first day followed by a hike on the Jhuilu old trail. Island life were brilliant from start to finish. Jamella was super helpful over email arranging both tours. Our guides over the two days were fantastic – Alan, Manuel and Tiffany were engaging, knowledgable and a real pleasure to spend time with on our holiday. In short, we would highly recommend Island Life if you are looking for a tour in the region.

September 10, 2019

Gorge Tour – A Must Do. Did this tour during the first week of September 2019. The Gorge tour was fantastic from start to finish. Even before arriving in Taiwan, I had worked with Jamella over email to get everything set up. Communication was punctual and always helpful, even up until I had to make some last minute changes, which she was happy to help with. Pickup and start for the tour was early and exactly on time, and the pacing was great. We covered tons of ground and were able to see some really great sights, along with having some really special access that we otherwise likely would not have had. Additionally, the tour allowed for some segments where the participants could go on without the guide and explore the trail. This may not be for everyone, but it adds a level of personal discovery to the experience for me. To top it off, the guide Alan was really informative and had a cool attitude. He did photos for us, told jokes, and gave insights into the area like only a local could do. His connection with the park and the people in it really bring everything to life and help bring some sense of reality into a place that is quite unbelievable. The tour also mostly avoided tons of other tourists allowing for breathing room and the best photos to be captured. Thank you again Island Life team for the unforgettable experience and awesome professional attitude. And a special shout-out for Alan: your food/coffee recommendations in town were top notch. The precious gyoza alone are enough to come back to Hualien for.

September 7, 2019

Highly recommended. We spent a wonderful day in a small group of 7 (including the guide). Our tour guide, Alan, was a local who spoke fluent English and made our day with his witty jokes and easy-going attitude. He was very friendly and respectful + helped us take photos throughout the day. The administrative staff were also extremely responsive and helpful!

The day was planned perfectly to avoid large crowds and we were able to visit many breathtaking sites within the national park. This tour is definitely worth the money and we highly recommend it!

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 3, 2019

Fun and relaxed day. We had a great tour of the highlights of Taroko Gorge. There were 4 tourists in our group. Our guide Alan spoke English well and was a fun and very helpful guy! Highly recommended!

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 31, 2019

Great Taroko tour with Alan. We did full day Taroko tour with Alan and had great time. His English is very good. Stopped at several spots and had a great time. Scenery is amazing.

August 30, 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 30, 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 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 26, 2019

2 Great Days at Taroko Gorge! 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 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 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.

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