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The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!

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US$ 57.50
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    Stop At: Taroko National Park, No.291, Fushi Fushi Vil., 97253 Taiwan

    Take a trip with us into the "Jewel of Taiwan", Hualien's awe inspiring Taroko Gorge National Park. And find out why our "Better" Taroko tour is actually the best. For starters, all our guides speak English. No prerecorded audio tour like on the large tour buses. Also, this tour starts early to stay ahead of tour bus crowds. While others are just arriving midday, we’ve already explored half the park! With open roads, this tour averages 3-4 more stops than other tours and is one of the only to visit the Baiyang Waterfall Trail and the famous Water Curtain Cave. More time on the trails, less time in the vehicle. No high pressure gift shops or tourist traps. We aim to immerse you completely in the beauty of Taroko National Park! There will be about 3-4 hours of walking throughout the day. All tours are in English.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Stop At: Taroko Gorge, Xinchen Township Taiwan

    Our fun-filled day begins with complimentary hotel pickup from your Hualien City Hotel, Hostel, Minsu or B&B. ! All our guides speak English and are happy to answer any and all questions throughout the day. No prerecorded audio tour like on the large tour buses.

    After pick ups, we'll take a scenic 30 minute ride along the East Coast before arriving at Taroko Gorge National Park. Please note that this tour has an EARLY START (7:30-8am) to get you into the park ahead of the tour buses and crowds so you can enjoy the trails in peace, the way nature intended!

    Throughout the day we'll enjoy 3-4 hours of nature walks through verdant forests, along blue rivers, over suspension bridges to incredible waterfalls and immersing you completely in the beauty of Taroko National Park. This is NOT a tour bus sightseeing tour, it is a small group tour intended to experience Taroko Gorge and all it's beauty live and up close.

    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 possible stops include:

    Swallow Grotto

    Baiyang Waterfalls Trail

    Water Curtain Cave

    Luishui Trail

    Shakadang Trail

    Cimu Bridge


    Eternal Springs Shrine

    Changuang Temple

    Yuewang Suspension Bridge

    Qingshui Cliffs

    Qixingtan Beach

    And other secret spots!

    We will adjust our tour based on time and trail closures, but please let us know if there is something specific you’d like to see.

    Because our tour is one of the first to arrive in the park, the chances of seeing wildlife are greatly increased. Throughout the day, you may see grey rock monkeys (Formosan Macaque) or some of the more than 250 kinds of butterfly, countless lizard and spider species and 144 bird species in the park.

    Tour options and pricing Edit

    Duration: 8 hours

    Stop At: Yanzihkou Trail, Xincheng Township Zhongheng Highway 179K, Hualien City Taiwan

    Take a walk through the stunning Swallow Grotto!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Cihmu Bridge, Xincheng Township Taiwan

    Check out Frog Rock and several beautiful shrines at Cimu Bridge.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Baiyang Trail, Xiulin Township Taiwan

    Take a walk on the beautiful Baiyang Trail

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Baiyang Waterfall, Xiulin Township Taiwan

    Check out the amazing Baiyang Waterfalls!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Cave of Water Curtain, Tianxiang Baiyang Xiulin Towhship Taiwan

    Get wet in the Water Curtain Cave! Bring a raincoat, we'll bring waterproof flashlights!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Tianxiang Scenic Are, Xiulin Township, 972 Taiwan

    Have lunch in Tianxiang

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Eternal Spring Shrine, in Taroko National Park Taiwan

    Learn about the history of the Cross Mountain highway and witness this incredible shrine constructed to memorialize those who died constructing it.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Changuang Temple, Xiulin Township, 972 Taiwan

    This Zen Monastery is in the most beautiful location imaginable. While there, walk across the suspension bridge over the bottle gourd valley.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Shakadang Trail, Taroko National Park, Fushi Village, Xiulin Township, 972 Taiwan

    One of the most beautiful places in the park. While others give you 20 minutes, we'll spend an hour or more out on the trail.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Qixingtan Beach, Qixing Street, 971 Taiwan

    On the way home, stop off at the beautiful Qixingtan beach

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    7:30am - 8am
    Pick-up time may vary with the number of customers but we notify you before if there are any changes
    • English speaking guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Hualien City)
    • Equipment Use
    • Transport by air conditioned vehicle
    • Daily insurance (please provide passport details before the tour)
    • Entry/Admission - Taroko National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Taroko Gorge
    • Entry/Admission - Yanzihkou Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Cihmu Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Baiyang Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Baiyang Waterfall
    • Entry/Admission - Cave of Water Curtain
    • Entry/Admission - Eternal Spring Shrine
    • Entry/Admission - Changuang Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Shakadang Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Qixingtan Beach
    • Lunch
    • Guide Gratuity
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The tour started early as promised, which meant that we were there ahead of the large tour groups. Our guide, Alan, was very engaging and knowledgeable. I like that he is not just droning on with a practiced tour spiel but actually telling stories and making it very interesting
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    Response from Daniel M, Owner at The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!
    Responded 3 days ago
    We're so happy you loved your time with us! Thanks for spending a day with team Island Life!
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    Had a great day out with Allen on the Better Taroko Gorge Tour. As other reviews attest, Janella is super speedy at replying to emails and enquiries. Allen is very entertaining, his English is not always perfect but when it isn't, it is funny. He loves the phrase "or something
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    Response from Daniel M, Owner at The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!
    Responded 3 days ago
    Thanks for the great review! Come back any time!
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    This tour was great, communication throughout the booking process of easy and efficient. The tour itself was excellent, Alan was a great guide. The whole day was very relaxed, yet we got to see many different spots within the park. His english was outstanding and he shared lots
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    Response from Daniel M, Owner at The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!
    Responded 1 week ago
    Glad you had a great time! Thanks for the great review!
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    Me and my fiancé really had a blast with the tour with Alan. I must give credits to our guide Alan for making the whole day tour such an enjoyable and interesting one. Transport is covered and you’re being picked up right from where you stay in early in the morning. The
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    Response from Daniel M, Owner at The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!
    Responded 1 week ago
    Thanks for the wonderful review! So happy you had a great time with us and come back again soon!
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    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,
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    Response from bruce r, Owner at The Better Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien - Small Group Tour in English!
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for joining us and thank you for your kind review. We will tell Alan he did an amazing job. Come back anytime!
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