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Orchid Island

Taitung, Taiwan
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Ranked #1 of 91 attractions in Taitung
Type: Islands
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Mountains, Ocean views and friendly people a beautiful island. Took the plane ride to the island, a little shaky but fun. Scooter ride was neat, stopped many times looking at old buildings. Quieter then Green Island and less busy. One thing to remember is show up for your plane ride home at least half hour before or they will give... More

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Baltimore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We loved visiting Lanyu, also known as Orchid Island. It looked like a cross between Hawaii and a tropical Scotland with it's volcanic coastline and green, green, green interior. We stayed in one of the homestays recommended in the Lonely Planet guidebook: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/taiwans-islands/lanyu/hotels/enhui-mingsu-zijia Li Ge and Li Sao were great hosts. They don't speak English, but were expressive enough for... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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160 reviews 160 reviews
55 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This island is way more wild than Green Island, and completely worth your visit. The waters are a variety of blue and the island itself is incredibly green. There are local villages dotted around and still underground dwellings. Coffee shops, restaurants and bars are frequently found along the island and are quite spectacularly decorated. The local food mostly consists of... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We visited Lanyu in November which is off season .So it was very quiet. We could not find the accomodation beforehand as it was very limited on internet so we arrived there ,expecting tourist information could help us to find one. No one at information! But instead, police called around and found the guest house for us, whose host is... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
25 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I visited there in summer time. The weather is so hot there. The sky and sea was clear blue and I feel totally different from what I've experienced in California Islands, Florida Islands, and Hawaii Islands. The people here are passionate (comparing to Hawaii's people are going toward getting your money). The view was great. The sea food and all... More

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Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Great getaway from those who want a retreat to nature, 2 and a half month stay with surreal panoramas on a daily basis. Much fewer built up areas than nearby Taitung or even Green Island, but it is made up for by markedly more impressive landscapes, mountains half a kilometre high reach up right against the coastline. Excellent scuba diving/snorkelling,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The island is not big, rental a motorcycle and go around the island slowly. Lots of goats and pigs on the road, with wonderful and friendly people on the west side on the island. The people and villages on the east seems more original and natural, with very few shops and restaurants. Go diving and snorkeling, the water is clear... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Orchid Island, also known as Lanyu, is the jewel of Taiwan. Unlike Green Island (another island in the Pacific and much closer to Taiwan) which is known for its hotels and well-furnished tourist attractions, Orchid Island is the place to go if you are a nature-lover and prefer things the “natural” way. Getting to the island is a serious... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011 via mobile

If you like the outdoors and experiencing a new culture, this is the place to go! And you'd better go soon before all the aboriginal traditions and cultures are replaced by modern technology and tacky tourist attractions. The older generations of the Yami people still engage in their traditional livelihood of fishing and farming. If you truly want to experience... More

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