On a clear day, the best views to be had are at the Weather station which is about halfway up the switch-backed cross island road from the village of Hongtou...Up here you can get a pretty nice panoramic view of the whole island.... Just make sure the brakes on your scooter are in good working order before heading up, as your life will depend on...more
Although Chinese cement block housing has taken over much of the island, you can still find a group of the old style Lanyu housing on the south east side of the island.The old style houses are half build into the ground and fortified with stone. (Presumably to protect the locals from the many typhoons that pass along this way....) Even these old...more
I dunno the name of this particular rock formation, but I have to say taht it is one of the strangest ones that I have seen. Kinda looks like a big tiger rearing up and swatting away with its paws....Anyway with the many typhoons that blow thru here, I'm sure that these rock formations are ever changing.Located on the southwest side of the...more
A rock formation off of the east side of the island.... Its said that towards the end of WW2 the American Air force mistakenly though this rock formation was a Japanese battleship and bombed the hell out of it.... (I dunno if thats true, but their is a plaque nearby that gives this accounting...)more
I dunno what the real name of this dive was, but there were lots and lots of sea snakes about.... (close to the harbour on the west coast of the island....) and the local guide we were with kept grabbing them by the tail with his bare hands... (see warning and danger tip...)To each his own, I guess....more
There a couple of small restaurants/pubs that cater to tourists, including the Epicurian Pub in Yujen Village and the Tribe Pub in Hongtou Village.
The food at both of these isnt bad.... Just dont expect a big variety of choices....
The reason that Orchid Island isnt overrun by tourist yet ?? The answer: Little tiny airplanes...
At present, the only scheduled flights to Orchid Island are from Taitung aboard Mandarin Airline's Dornier 228 airplanes.... (seats 19 people....)
I didnt see anyone surfing while I was on Orchid Island, but I can tell you the waves on the east side of the island were just ripping.... (looked like the North Shore of Oahu in the Winter time...) Best to pay attention to the weather reports if you intend to dive or snorkel out this way....more
Now, don't just go meandering down to the coast, expecting taht you will get a prime perch for that sunset view.... Seems to me that the locals get priority on seating.... (The local GOATS that is....) I saw these guys up on this little rock out cropping watching the sunset each night we were on Orchid Island.... Why ??? Got me.... Guess they like...more
A few of the traditional canoes lined up here... These boats are used mostly for festivals and local celebrations... I'd like to get out to Orchid Island when one of these parties is going on, though. From the pictures I've seen, it does look to be quite the bash.... (Everyone wearing loin cloths, throwing the boats up and down, paddling out to...more
Walk my way,And a thousand violins begin to playOr it might be the sound of your helloThat music I hear,I get Whispie the moment you're near....Well, the firewater of choice amongst the natives out this way appears to be Whispie, which is a locally Taiwan produced concoction that could easily pass for bad cough syrup....If you must drink it, try...more