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Orchid Island(Lanyu)
Ranked #7 of 236 things to do in Taitung
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Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
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“Extraordinary”
4 of 5 bubbles 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, Nuclear waste storage facility is a point of strong contention amongst locals and traditions as well as taboos should be respected and familiarized before arriving, locals generally very friendly but can be wary of snap happy tourists.

Visited August 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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45 reviews
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“A nice and natural island, LanYu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 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 and blue. If you scared of the current and waves of the sea, go to those tidal pools opposite to "nuclear waste storage facility".
You can go fishing as well. As here is the Pacific Ocean!
Join the tour to catch those flying fish! Awesome.
You can go orchid island from Taitung or Kenting, by ferry. You can go there by air from Taitung.

Visited April 2013
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Taipei, Taiwan
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56 reviews
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“Surreal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 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 challenge for many people. There are two ways to get there – by sea or by air. Getting your hands on the small plane that flies to the local airport is tough, to say the least (each flight carries less than 20 passengers). Therefore, most tourists reach the island by ferry which leaves from either Taitung or Kenting twice a day. How travelers take the 2.5 hour ride depends on the whims of Mother Nature (don’t worry, there’s sick bags readily available on board).

Accommodation on the island is not really a problem, thanks to the presence of large numbers of B&B. However, it might be a hassle for international travelers because a lot of the websites for reservation is in Chinese. Prearrangement is a must, especially for trips during the summer seasons. There are six villages on the island, each with their B&B.

Transportation on the island can be any of the following: scooters, bicycles, or walking. It takes about 2 hours to ride around the island on scooter. Visitors can contact the owners of the B&B to help with scooter rental. However, be reminded the road conditions are less than ideal (especially after typhoons or storms). There are also public buses, but services are few and far between.

There are two supermarkets on the island – both located on the west side (though small stores do exist here and there). The only gas station is next to the port, so most likely you’ll see lines of scooters waiting to fuel up any time of the day. In case someone gets sick, there’s a small hospital (again, on the west side of the island – next to a post office with the island’s only ATM).

Dining is not a problem, as there are restaurants and shops offering things from beef noodles to local delicacies. However, prices of goods can be a bit high because most supplies come from Taiwan. Two Orchid Island delicacies that visitors can try are flying fish and local-grown taro (example: taro ice cream).

Some of the more popular activities on the island include diving and night tours. Again, most B&B on the island either have their own contacts or offer these services themselves.

One thing to keep in mind is to bring sun screens or other gears to reduce the blazing effects of the tropical sun. It is possible to get sunburned at the end of the day if you don’t have any protection.

Visited June 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Experience life the simple way with the Yami people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2011

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 the Yami culture, DON'T go in summer when the island is flocked by tourists! (I went in late Apr which is just before the peak season). Also, choose to stay in Yeyin village where most of the traditional underground houses are preserved.
Sightseeing-wise, there is not much to see other than the rock formations along the beautiful coastline. It is also possible to dive or snorkel there. The best way to see the island is to rent a scooter (TWD400/day) and go along the coastal road.
That said, the best way to enjoy your stay is to be open minded and mingle with the Yami people. Although some of the older folks may seem defensive and wary against tourists, I have met many friendly and hospitable locals on my trip. You just need to be mindful of some of their social norms and taboos (eg. Don't take photos of the people or of them fishing etc).

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