Lan Yu Travel Guide

  • Traditional Yami Canoes...
    Traditional Yami Canoes...
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  • Scenic East Coast of Lanyu...
    Scenic East Coast of Lanyu...
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    Seven Canoe Garage....
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Lan Yu Things to Do

  • Weather Station....

    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...

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  • Traditional Lanyu Houses

    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...

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  • Lanyu Sunset....

    Just about the best place that I found to watch the sunset is north of the airport on the west side of the island. You may have to shoo a few goats away to get a decent viewing, tho'.... (see warning tips....)

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  • Lanyu Tianchi Trail

    There are a few hiking trails around the island, most notably the trail to a small pond (Lanyu Tianchi) on the south side of the island. Trail is not the best, though it appears that they are now improving/widening it a bit.

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  • Tiger Rock ??

    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...

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  • Battleship Rocks

    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...)

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  • Airport Rock

    Located just off of the airport runway, you can see a large rock jutting out above the surface of the water. Underwater is a series of huge boulders that go down to a depth of about 35 meters.Quite the epic scenery down here, weaving thru the array of underwater rock formations.

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  • Soft Coral and Fans Galore...

    There were so much nice healthy coral growth on this wreck that it was hard to pick where to shoot.... I just hope this island stays off the beaten path to keep it that way....

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  • Snake Alley...

    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....

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Lan Yu Restaurants

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    Epicurian Pub in Yujen Village...

    by kenmerk Written Sep 6, 2004

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    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....

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Lan Yu Transportation

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    Intimate Seating, No in-flight service....

    by kenmerk Written Sep 6, 2004

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    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....)

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Lan Yu Warnings and Dangers

  • Surfs Up......

    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....

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  • King of the Hill...

    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...

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  • Snake Charming...

    Remember, whatever you do, please don't grab the one of the many poinous sea snakes in these water by the tail.... (Especially bare handed, this is definately a no-no...)

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Lan Yu Favorites

  • Two for the Price of One...

    Look in a small crevice at Airport Rock, and you'll see not just a lion fish but also a large spotted eel. Guess they have more critters than they have parking spaces out here...

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  • Seven Canoe Garage...

    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...

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  • I get Whispie.....

    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...

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