Lets start off with a few facts and history of the island.
Then we got ready for a wild rough ferry ride, with waves and tides that could make anyone a bit nauseated. Several of the members took pills to quench the feeling of seasickness as we sped through the waves just one rock of the boat at a time. Eventually, with a bit of ease, we had landed at our glorious destination, ready for the largest stair stepping hike I have came across. Like Po, from Kung Fu Panda had said, “Ah. My old enemy…stairs.”
- Rule #1: Do not be slower than the group.
- Rule #2: If you are tired stop and take a rest.
As my friend Harrison noted “ Taiwanese rules can often be contradictory.” I did not understand the Chinese that much anyway, but I was determined to go at a good pace.
As we passed various different viewpoints, we tried our best to take advantage of the breaks and take numerous different photos of the lush vastness of beauty that this island had. It was something worth more than the 1000 words I am about to write, but we were fortunate to have clear skies, green beauty, and some experienced photographers. It was truly amazing to be the in the presence of so many gifted individuals.
- Coming from Taipei, take the 1877 bus to Waiao Beach in Yilan. Cost for the bus is about $125NT ($4 USD).
- Cost for the Turtle Island tour is about $1600 NT (or $53 USD).
- Booked at lanwhale.com/travel.php.
- Meet at the harbor at 8:10 to board at 8:30 for a 6-hour tour.
- There is a limit of 1800 tourists on the weekend.
- Only 100 people can climb to the top of the steps each day.
- The earlier you sign up, the better.
- After you call the agency, they will need each person’s: Name, Date of Birth, ID number.
- They will only put your name down once the money is wired to them.
- Most agencies will need $500NT($15 USD) down payment for each individual.
- There may not be any English guides, or English agencies.
- People should apply for the permit 11-20 days before hand.