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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
    August 3, 2019

    What a day! Taroko Gorge is a spectacular place to visit, especially with a great guide. Our guide Iris took us to all the best places in the park and was hilarious and joyful the whole time. It was a HOT day, so it was nice when at the conclusion of the tour, Iris took us to a nearby river for a swim. Just what we needed! Thanks so much to Island Life, we will definitely contact you again when we come back to Taiwan.

    August 3, 2019

    Outstanding experience with Island Life Taiwan! The Tunnel of Nine Turns had just opened so we got to experience possibly the best place in the park on our visit. It’s the summer, so the park is fairly busy, but our Island Life guide Allen did a good job of avoiding the crowds and getting there early made a big difference. Overall a wonderful experience and i would definitely recommend Island Life Taiwan to anyone visiting Hualien.

    August 2, 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 1, 2019

    Highly recommend Island life Taiwan tour. We stayed in Hualien for 4 days and we booked them for all our tours during the duration of our stay. They are very professional and provided such excellent service. Tour groups are small, 8 people the most, so we didn’t feel rushed. Each guide catered to every guest and answer each question knowledgeably. They made me and my 10 year old feel very comfortable. I would recommend them to anyone. We did the Zhuilu old trail, Taroko gorge tour, and Heshuan (I know i spelled this wrong sorry) tour and we enjoyed every single bit!

    July 6, 2019

    Efficient and affordable
    This tour was everything we were looking for. We saw the best of the park and spent a minimal amount of time in the car for how big the place is. Highly recommended.

    July 2, 2019

    Five star service. Five star park! Thanks to our guide Alan for an epic day!

    June 2, 2019

    Island Life is #1 for a reason
    The organization was amazing. Our guide picked us up right on time and the group was small but fun. Our guide Santa kept us active throughout the day and we had a blast out on the trails. We even got to do a little swimming at the end of the day! I highly recommend Island Life & Santa.

    May 9, 2019

    Wow Wow Wow! If seeing Taroko is a priority for you (and it should be) go with Island Life Taiwan. They really do make sure you get to the park before the crowds, plus our guide Iris knew all of the best spots for photos, talk about IG gold!
    Thanks Island Life Taiwan, excellent day.

    May 3, 2019

    The best tour you could possibly imagine
    A group of 4 of my friends (including myself) did The Better Taroko Gorge Tour with Iris as our tour guide. To sum up this review in a couple words, I would repeat the title: “The best tour you could possibly imagine”. Iris was very knowledgeable about the Gorge, Hualien and all of Taiwan. She had so many interesting facts and personal, cultural contributions about the geography, politics and culture of all the places we went, that we would all gladly spent way more time with Iris had we had more time. She was super responsive and respectful and did a great job of transporting us, but also simultaneously being a good tour guide and giving us good information as well as taking plenty of pictures and videos of and for us when we were too busy or preoccupied with the sheer beauty of the Gorge to do ourselves.

    Iris is very genuine. It is clear that she enjoys doing what she does, which translates perfectly into a very enjoyable and informative day.

    In terms of the content, it all ran smoothly and was clearly adapted to what met our specific needs and expectations. This was not a hard, rigid, impersonal tour. There is so much to see and do in the Taroko Gorge and Island Life Taiwan was a perfect fit to make our day with them exactly what we wanted.

    I could not recommend this tour anymore!!!

    May 2, 2019

    Really seemed like the best from their website and they didn’t disappoint. Great guides, well planned, delicious lunch. Couldn’t have asked for a better visit.

    May 1, 2019

    Everything about this tour was perfect; from the inquiry & booking to the day itself and the follow up.
    Iris was a wonderful guide; had everything prepared, planned and in the boot of her car for all eventualities.
    The place itself is wonderful and all the better for an early start. It was midday before we saw anyone else so we really benefited from seeing the beauty on our own.
    Certainly would recommend this tour for those we don’t mind the early start and want a personal, professional tour.
    And at the end of the day, all the photos that Iris took of us available for viewing on Google Drive 🙂

    April 13, 2019

    Memorable tour of Taroko Gorge
    My boyfriend and I greatly enjoyed our time with Island Life Adventures — we took the “Better Taroko Gorge Tour” with Iris, our extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide, who took us to all the prettiest places in the gorge before the big tour buses got there; this meant that in several of the scenic spots we had the place to ourselves (no small feat, especially since we were there during Chinese New Year!) We particularly appreciated the small group size (there were 5 of us in total), which made the experience feel very tailor-made and personal. Iris also took lots of photos throughout the tour and sent them to us afterwards, which was a lovely way to conclude our experience. Would highly recommend!

    March 10, 2019

    Amazing private tour
    We had a private tour because we were traveling with our 4-yr old. We all had an amazing time! We got to see more than I thought possible. Alan, our guide, was really great. He even took photos of us, which is so nice considering I’m not usually in them because I’m usually the one taking them. Typical Mom. 🙂 I wish we had more time in the area to do the longer hikes. We’ll have to come back when DS is a bit older.

    February 7, 2019

    Our guide was very passionate, knowledgeable, friendly and funny. She explained us historical facts from features we would have missed otherwise. We had a wonderful time discovering the Taroko Gorge with her. The early start enabled us to visit without being invaded by coaches of tourists. Also, since we were a small group, we could ride a smaller vehicle and access places tourist coaches could not. Definitely recommended if you want to discover the gorge!

    February 2, 2019

    Best park and best guide!
    Iris and Jay were both wonderful! Jamella answered all our questions before hand and the trip was flawless. Kudos!

    February 2, 2019

    Our family of five had an incredible day in Taroko Gorge with Iris. We expected the views to be stunning, and they were, but we didn’t know we were visiting on the first day of a four day Taiwanese holiday, so the crowds were huge and could have ruined the trip if not for Iris’ inside knowledge of every aspect of the tour. She juggled the itinerary to keep us away from the worst of the crowds and worked magic to find parking and accompany us on the visit to each spot, providing background information about everything we saw. It was so much more than a sightseeing tour, and we would trust Iris to take us anywhere, and I wouldn’t want to see Taroko Gorge any other way.

    January 21, 2019

    Best day imaginable!
    It would be ridiculous to come to Hualien and not see Taroko Gorge, and the Island Life Taiwan tour has got to be the best way to go. Our tour guide Iris was amazing at finding her way around the gorge and avoiding the crowds, which were huge that day as we went during a Taiwanese holiday. She was able to tell us so much about what we were looking at, and arranged for all of the extras you need to go all the way, like helmets against falling rocks when needed, and rain gear (including shoe covers!) to walk through the waterfall curtain. The views are breathtaking. The day is exciting. We highly recommend.

    January 4, 2019

    Exciting Trails and Special Treats!

    Appreciate the last minute booking through Bruce. Thanks for your accommodation. My family had a great time meeting our guide Alan who brought us through the various trials and even bought us sausages and drinks a the Shakadang Trial. He even brought us down to the bank where we could soak our legs in the icy cold clear blue waters! It was an exciting journey and thanks for introducing us the ‘Mee Sua’ back at Hua Lien! Most of all, the wonderful photos you’ve taken and shared with us through your company! Cheers!

    January 2, 2019

    Unbelievable experience
    We definitely recommend Island Life and the Better Taroko tour. Wonderful people and an amazing park.

    January 1, 2019

    Great Tour of Taroko park
    Our guide, Iris, was fabulous. Always friendly and helpful, she explained to us many things about the park, the fauna and the vegetation. We’ve seen everything calmly and the service was impeccable.

    December 3, 2018

    The tour was EXCELLENT! Our tour guide was Iris and she was extremely knowledgable and personable. I have a food allergy and she went out of her way to ensure that I could eat something at lunch. We were also on a tight timeline given our train schedule and she made sure that we were able to see all the sights and get to our train on time. All in all a very nice day. Would highly recommend this company.

    November 24, 2018

    1st class Tour!!
    We took this tour as a family group of 3 adults in October and had a wonderful day, Iris showed us many spots and was full of information which she willing shared. Her bright personality and knowledge really made the day special. So pleased we chose this tour over others, being in a private vehicle was very comfortable and allowed more flexibility with time to take photos etc at places of interest. Lunch was delicious and filling. An added adventure of the the day was catching a very lost and scared dog who was dodging buses and cars on the main highway on the way home. Her willingness to stop to allow us all to catch him in my book says volumes about her and the company, he certainly would have been run over otherwise. His owner was so pleased to get him back!! If I get back to Taiwan I would not hesitate book with this company again, everything was well organised and as advertised. It was a refreshing change from the usual organised tours. Go with them you wont be disappointed and have a fabulous day out!! Thanks again Iris for a very special day.

    November 23, 2018

    What can I say, an amazing experience we wont soon forget! Our family of four did a private tour with Iris and she made us feel like a part of her Taiwan family. In Taroko she even bought us some magow (sp) sausages, an aboriginal specialty of the local tribe. What a great day. Everyone at Island Life deserves a thank you. Good experience all around.

    November 14, 2018

    Experienced guide really make the difference. Yes, we could have taken the public bus and visited many of the same places for cheaper, but having a guide there to tell us about the history and geology of the place, and point out things we never would have noticed, made it a very special day. This is definitely a highlight in Taiwan and Island Life made it a highlight of our holiday.

    November 12, 2018

    Iris is amazing! We are a family of 5 and took a private tour of Taroko with Iris and she was a joy throughout the day. We were worried about the weather, but when it began raining in the afternoon, Iris had umbrellas and took care of everything. A very friendly local with lots of love for her local community. We also met another Island Life guide Alan at lunch and he seemed equally fun and accommodating. Highly recommend Island Life!

    November 12, 2018

    Island life Taroko tour. OMG, we had the best tour! Our tour guide Alan was wonderful. He was full of interesting informaion, loved to joke around and was very helpful with different information we needed for traveling in Taiwan. We ended our day laughing and in high spirits that lasted the rest of our time in Taiwan. I will recommend the tour and Alan as a tour guide to all of my friends. I’m so lookig forward to going back for other tours.

    November 9, 2018

    Incredible day with Island Life! We had guide Alan who is a local but speaks great English. We had so much fun hiking and checking out the sites with Alan telling all kinds of great stories. Highly recommend Island Life!

    November 6, 2018

    I took the Taroko tour with Simon and had a wonderful time. I’m a solo traveller so it was great to find a reasonably priced group tour to join. They definitely give you great value with a nice hot lunch at a place in Tianshiang. Fine for vegetarians like myself. I highly recommend this group as they go above and beyond to show you an excellent time in the park.

    November 4, 2018

    This tour was the highlight of our trip to Taiwan! Taroko Gorge was stunning (of course), but it is always the guide who makes or breaks the tour, and Iris was phenomenal — very knowledgeable about the area but also extremely personable and enthusiastic. She grew up in the area and seemed to take a real delight in showing visitors around. Her English was also excellent. Highly, highly recommend this tour. Thank you Iris!

    P.S. We actually booked our tour at the last minute and the company was incredibly responsive and helpful in answering our questions and getting everything confirmed. They were willing to work with us and also offered an option for a private tour that would allow us to leave and return to Taipei on the same day. So definitely worth checking availability and talking to the company even if you are like me and have trouble planning ahead, or if you are short on time!

    November 1, 2018

    Spectacular day in a spectacular place! Taroko is an impressive place unto itself, but going with a great guide made it that much better. Santa was a great local guy with a good sense of humor and an amazing English name! I mean… Santa?! How great is that! Every part of the day felt well planned, and Santa made a great effort to keep everyone in the group happy and engaged. I can certainly recommend Island Life Taiwan and also definitely Santa.

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