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Activities & Adventures

Waiao Beach and Yilan county is the beginning of Taiwan's Scenic East Coast. The Gateway to the East Coast has many fun activities along the beach and in surrounding areas including, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, bike paths, mountain biking trails, hiking trails, Jiaoxi Hot Springs, snorkeling, diving, free diving, surfing, SUP, kayak, paragliding, turtle island, dolphin and whale watching tours, boat trips, fishing, biking, site-seeing, tourist shops, Toucheng Old-Street.

Waterfalls & River Tracing

Xinfeng WaterFall -- (Intermediate River Tracing)

Located in the foothills of Toucheng, this intermediate level river tracing trip is about 30-40min. each way. There is a small swimming reservior at the base and 2-3 swimming holes along the river trace. It is possible to swim under the falls and water level is deep enough for diving at times. This trek is best done in the Summer due to cold mountain stream water. A few tricky boulders make this an intermediate level river trace. NOTE: PHYSICAL FITNESS NEEDED, those with disablities or low stamina should reconsider the trip. 

You may taxi or walk from town to the base of the hike. Total journey may last 2-3 hours, please leave enough time before sunset to return from summit.

Echo Valley Waterfall -- Toucheng (Short Hike)

Echo Valley Waterfall is a not so well-known waterfall in the back mountains of Toucheng.  You can drive almost to the falls and it's an 80 meter hike down to the waterfall, but the trail is small and hard to locate.  An easy way to find it is that coming from the north, it's about 15 meters past power line pole 84. From the entrance to the small path, it only takes about 5 minutes to reach the waterfall.  

Hou Dong Keng -- Jiaoxi (Short Hike)

Houdongkeng Waterfall is small but nice. It is located in the foothills of Jiaoxi Hot Spring Village and only a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the falls. There are 2 tiers and it is deep enough for swimming.


Paragliding at Waiao Beach

Fly off the mountain and over the beautiful rolling hills of Waiao, Yilan. Glide over the ocean and land right on the black sand beach of Waiao, Taiwan. Please contact the Waiao paragliding company directly for bookings.

Wai'Ao Paragliding (外澳飛行傘基地)
Address: #95 Shikong Road, Toucheng Village, Yilan County. (宜蘭縣頭城鎮石空路95號)

Reservation Number: 0935181191

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Turtle Island Boat Trips

SailAlphalpha - 47-foot French Jenneau monohull sail boat charter (10 to 14 people)

📍April to August

🔆Morning session: 7:00~12:00 (5 hours)
🔆Afternoon session: 13:30~18:30 (5 hours)

📍September to October

🔆Morning session: 6:30~11:30 (5 hours)
🔆Afternoon session: 13:00~18:00 (5 hours)


📍Pre-trip safety briefing and ship orientation
📍Sail to the milky sea of Guishan Island with a photo op of the Tiffany blue waters created by the volcanic emissions on the sea floor 
📍Experience the fun of piloting a sailboat for yourself (subject to weather conditions)
📍Anchor down and take a dip, SUP,  inflatable floats, snorkeling activities, and free diving activities in calm waters (depending on the area regulated by the government, no entry into the milk sea)
📍Return to Wushi Harbor Marina

🔆Charter includes:

📍Cooler provided with water and a case of beer. Snacks  (food is only provided for use on board, please do not take it off the ship by yourself at the end of the trip)
📍Professional captain
📍Professional  SUP coach and crew
📍SUP boards*4
📍Sound system with bluetooth connection
📍Unicorn and inflatable floats 
📍Magic Carpet floating mat (friendly ocean material)
📍Stylish Life jackets for every guest
📍Snorkeling gear and goggles 

Please Note:

Activities available are dependent on the sea conditions of the day (waves and current conditions).

All guests after entering the water must follow the instruction of the captain and staff. If any violation of laws, damage to equipment or failure to listen to repeated instruction is not followed the Captain has the right to return to harbor immediately.


SailAlphalpha Pricing:
Weekdays $35,0000
Weekends and holidays $42,000

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Doufu Cape (Tofu Cape)- suao

Nanfang'ao Fishing Port, there is a cape facing the ocean. The rock on the island resembles tofu (or Doufu in Chinese Pinyin); hence, the cape is named Doufu Cape. The path on the coast, that extends from the Northwest to the Southeast, has many tourist facilities. The bay is an ideal place for activities like snorkeling, etc. You may find rental shops in the area.

From Suao Train Station, take the bus 3 stops (10min.) to Tofu Cape. The Suao Harbor has a recreation area along with seafood market/restaurants.

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Beach Camping & Chill Out

Many people enjoy free camping along Taiwan's east coast. Please be respectful and clean your rubbish, put out any fires with water and not covered with sand. To avoid any issues with local communities, please avoid camping/partying around houses along the seaside. When in doubt please contact local tourism authorities or local police office for local regulations and norms.

Toucheng Old Street

Take a stroll along historical Toucheng Old street. Sample street food and take a look at the newly restored Toucheng Artists village. 

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