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Orchid Island(Lanyu)

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Address: Taitung, Taiwan
Phone Number: 089-73-1669
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First real Pacific Island off the Asian coasts

Pls get accommodation off the airport/harbour side to enjoy original islanders' hospitality. Work yourself through them to explore. If you don't have or find a place, don't panic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
Falk F
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English first
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Pls get accommodation off the airport/harbour side to enjoy original islanders' hospitality. Work yourself through them to explore. If you don't have or find a place, don't panic, go to that side+ask, they help. If you scuba dive and/or fall for the fancy schools and resorts on the airport side with well-English speaking people, fancy lodges, expect a top-reckless rip-off.... More 

Thank Falk F
Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I visited the Taitung ferry people on Sunday August 2 2015 for my desired sail day to Lanyu on Monday August 3. It takes a lot of maneuvering on public transportation and some speaking with locals to get to the harbor. This is to say ENERGY is spent just trying to get information. At the harbor the customer service was... More 

2 Thank Sandra S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Lovely little island with a slow pace of life. Inhabited almost exclusively by aborigines, though a few Han people live there too.

1 Thank Cy H
Taipei, Taiwan
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It's quite a hassle to get to Orchid island (Lanyu) but it's totally worth it. It takes about 2.5 ferry ride from Taidong to Lanyu and oh man! it's pretty rough! Many people threw up but luckily I did not. The island has its special charm. We stayed there for 4 days and it's too short!! We rented motorcycles and... More 

1 Thank maggie0513
Amman, Jordan
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Two and half hours to get to the island by ferry from Fugang Fish Harbor of Taitung (the harbor itself is 15km away from Taitung train station), the trip on board could be jolting at times due to the waves on the sea, so taking seasick pill is suggested. We rode scooter on the island, it’s the most convenient to... More 

4 Thank HHTsai
San Francisco
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333 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We are jaded travelers. Lanyu is a nice island but go visit Azores for some spectacular volcanic island views. The villages in Lanyu are really ugly except one with a few underground houses still left. Food in the winter is rare and expensive. We stayed in Hongtau village in Meni's Place and had good time. My husband is temporarily disabled,... More 

3 Thank Purobi
Surrey, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Beautiful and remote Orchid Island (Lanyu), fly or ferry from Taitung. Many homestay options, I would recommend strongly Mrs Snow @ New Guluhoemstay, fantastic home-cooked food and lots of great advise.

7 Thank Stuart M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Wow! Descending with a small plane from Daily Air to Lanyu / Orchid Island is really spectacular and definitely worth the hassle of booking flights on a Chinese only website. The island itself gives you the feeling that you are far away from the world you know, also because of the Tao inhabitants. The densely forested green island offers spectacular... More 

5 Thank Pieter D
Ottawa, Canada
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51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 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 

3 Thank Ken M
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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 

6 Thank Julianne H

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