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One of Many things to do in hualien, a Taroko Gorge Tour in Hualien, Hualien Tour of Taroko Park

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


DEPARTURE LOCATION Hualien City Hotels, Hostels & B&B’s
TIME Approx. 7:30 AM – 4 PM
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 $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.



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


    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 134 reviews
    October 27, 2018

    The Taroko Gorge full day tour gave us a good mix of active and sightseeing for the day. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She was also accommodating while not losing track of the schedule she had planned for us. There was some light hiking throughout the day. We can definitely recommend Island life’s tour of the Taroko Gorge.

    October 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.

    October 9, 2018

    This tour is AMAZING. First of all, Iris (our tour guide) was great. She’s so cheery and so excited for everyone to experience how wonderful the gorge is. When I told her about all of the great reviews she has online, she said “I love taking my tours around Taroko Gorge. I feel like I’m on vacation with them!” She’s also VERY knowledgeable. We learned so much, and she answered all of our questions. The few things that she didn’t know, she even looked up on her phone for us (like helping us coordinate watching the nation’s fireworks for the following day). The tour itself was stunning. There was some hiking and some driving. Unlike the other tours that we saw (which were very few, since Iris did a great job at spontaneously deciding where to take us in the gorge, so that we wouldn’t have to experience everything with a million tourists around us) Iris drove us around in a sedan. There were only 3 of us, which made our group very tight-knit. The tour highlighted all of the beautiful aspects of the gorge. Even if you are looking for an intense and long hike (which this isn’t – although the short trek up the mountain to the bell tower can be exerting), I recommend doing this as well, so that you can make sure to see all of the sights that the gorge has to offer.

    October 4, 2018

    Astounding park, fun and efficient guide. The best way to see Taroko park. Island Life will not disappoint.

    September 11, 2018

    Best way to experience natural wonders around Hualien
    My boyfriend and I started with the Butterfly Valley tour and loved it so much that we then booked two more day trips with Island Life (Taroko Gorge and mountain swimming holes). Every guide was delightful company and made the days fun, informative, safe and unforgettable. You will leave relaxed and a bit in awe of the natural beauty of Hualien. These guides will take you places other tours won’t and when you see their warm and friendly exchanges with other local businesses, you realize that they’ve fostered great relationships throughout Hualien.

    September 2, 2018

    Fun for families
    We did a private tour with our family of 5 and had a truly wonderful experience. Our guide Iris took us to the most beautiful locations and our kids had a fantastic time. Could not recommend Iris and Island Life Taiwan Enough.

    September 2, 2018

    Definitely worth every penny! Incredible experience!

    September 2, 2018

    An absolutely stunning experience!
    Taroko gorge is breathtaking and Island Life showed us all the best! Thank you Island Life!

    September 1, 2018

    Best way to experience natural wonders around Hualien

    My boyfriend and I started with the Butterfly Valley tour and loved it so much that we then booked two more day trips with Island Life (Taroko Gorge and mountain swimming holes). Every guide was delightful company and made the days fun, informative, safe and unforgettable. You will leave relaxed and a bit in awe of the natural beauty of Hualien. These guides will take you places other tours won’t and when you see their warm and friendly exchanges with other local businesses, you realize that they’ve fostered great relationships throughout Hualien.

    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 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!

    July 4, 2018

    Fantastic day with Island Life Taiwan! Our family of five had a delightful time with our gracious host Santa (his English name). The park itself is magnificent and seeing it with the Island Life team made it extraordinary.

    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!

    May 15, 2018

    Wow, just wow! I had heard about Taroko but I didn’t realize just how beautiful this gorge is. Island Life Taiwan really impressed us with their knowledge about the park and they took us to the best places at the perfect times of day. Recommend them to everyone.

    May 6, 2018

    Rain or shine! Will not disappoint
    Went on the Shihtiping coast tour and the Taroko Gorge tour! Despite the rain, both tours were amazing! Incredible views and informative tour guides! I’d say even in the rain it was worth it. Maybe not a typhoon tho ;)… The rain did clear up on the Taroko gorge tour and we requested to go to Qingshui cliff got to see stunning views! Got to swim in both tours. Some hiking. And the guides took many photos for us with their camera. So glad we booked with them!

    May 6, 2018

    We had Iris as our tour leader and we had a great time. Iris is local from Hualien and she has a lot of local knowledge in the area which makes it interesting – you can also tell that she is passionate about the outdoor and the beautiful county that she lives in- even a secret spot for swimming as we were lucky with the weather. She took us to a restaurant which is famous for its fresh lemonade and very refreshing in the heat. The walk up to the bell tower in the am was reasonably tough as there were steps up but the trail in the pm was quite easy and suitable for all levels of fitness.

    April 29, 2018

    This is the best tour if you only have one full day in Hualien.
    – booking was easy. They arrange when and what time to pick you up. (No language barrier)
    – our tour guide (Santa) was fantastic: not only was he extremely friendly and spoke great English, he provided loads of interesting information about different parts of the George, the history of different tribes that use to live there, the implications of Japanese and Chinese occupation in Taiwan. This extra information really made the tour worth while for me.
    – you get to see EVERYTHING – all the famous places plus smaller trails

    – there was a lot to see in one day which was exhausting (however, santa give me extra time to explore certain areas and was willing to change the schedule if all guests agreed)

    April 5, 2018

    Our guide Iris was positively a delight. I can’t remember laughing so hard. She truly loves the area and was so excited to share it with us. I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!

    April 2, 2018

    Unbelievable time with a great guide. Santa was an amazing guide with an amazing name! Our kids had a great time and the whole family would recommend to anyone. Thanks Island Life!

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