Top 10 Adventure Activities in Taiwan

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Adrenaline junkies sure know how to have a good time, and Taiwan happens to offer adventure experiences that are as diverse as its landscapes whether that』s on land, in the sky above, or in the sea. From kayaking along the cliff to blasting firework rockets hitting on your body, these adventure activities will really get your heart racing. If you are a thrill seeker who enjoy outdoor challenges and are ready for some serious adrenaline rushes, read on and have fun!

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Sun Moon Lake Paragliding

Try to imagine flying over the beautiful mountains of Taiwan while being carried by Mother Nature』s wind and amazed by the scenic view of the lush and green basin of Puli in the heart of Taiwan. And yes, we are talking about the adrenaline-pumping paragliding! This unique mode of flight is an amazing way to take in all the views, and everyone is welcome to experience this adrenaline-pumping activity.

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Hualien River Tracing

There are many interesting outdoor activities near Hualien City, while river tracing is one of the most thrilling and exciting that allows you to appreciate nature at its finest. You never know what tranquil and amazing scenes might come next when walking upstream in the crystal-clear water. Yet, fret not, all you river trekking newbies out there as every river has its own level of difficulty. Take the easier and less rigorous route or the one that suits you most. When encountering a deep pool, you have to swim over it to reach the waterfall itself and take a revitalising shower. For weak swimmers and non-swimmers, stay afloat with life vests and enjoy river tracing!

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Kayaking Along Qingshui Cliff

The magnificent area around Qingshui Cliff has been known as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, offering a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. Not everyone gets to enjoy such a picturesque view, let alone literally being in the view itself. Pick up a paddle and kayak along the breathtaking Qingshui Cliff to experience an adrenaline rush without genuine anxiety or fear.

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Xiuguluan River Rafting

With a length of 104 km, Xiuguluan River is the longest river in eastern Taiwan as well as the only river that cuts through the coastal mountain range. If you』re chasing a rush of adrenaline, this heart-pounding activity allows you to explore the spectacular East Rift Valley by rafting down the Xiuguluan River. This is a 24-km long stretch of adventure, where more than 20 sets of fast-moving currents are hidden along the river course. Normally it takes 4-5 hours to catch all the thrills of whitewater rafting, from mild to wild. Now, hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks

Every Lantern Festival, in this lesser known district of Tainan, you will see people equipping themselves with full-face helmets and inviting blasting firework rockets to hit on their bodies. Are they insane, you ask? Well, it is said that the more violent they are bombarded, the less bad luck they keep from the last year, and thereby they』re going to have a smooth new year. Be aware that this is not a family-friendly adventure, so keep your little ones away from this.

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Wushi Harbor

Dear diehard surfers, you』re lucky today, as we』re revealing to you a surfer paradise tucked away on the east coast of Taiwan: Wushi Harbor. Usually, the beach grows crowded as the day wears on, so we suggest you to stay at a nearby hostel the night before to catch some early-morning waves. Without further ado, see you out back!

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Dayoukeng

Dayoukeng is a dangerous site which has been prohibited for access by Yangmingshang National Park. Several emitting holes around constantly emit sulfurous gases, which make the edges of the holes yellowish brown. When it goes furious, the whole area of the mountain top will be covered by plumes of thick black smoke. Standing on the rocky ground burned black, you will feel as if you were a volcano explorer, as if you just walked into the scene of the Lord of the Ring.

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Encore Garden

Encore Garden used to be of merriment, but today it』s listed as the top ten of most horrifying theme park ruins in the world. Nothing had been moved ever since its abandonment, as if the staff just left suddenly and never came back. However, entry without authorization is prohibited. If you』re an adventerous urban explorer who spend your free time sneaking into forgotten places (what a dangerous hobby you』ve got there), Encore Garden will be a delight, but you』ll need to be strong enough physically and mentally to undertake such an adventure.

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ATV Jeep

Who would ever expect a desert in the humid and rainy southern part of Taiwan? A fifty-minute jeep off-road tour will surely surprise you in Kenting. Skillful drivers take you on an almost scary adventure on a jeep where you』re either sitting or standing. Wavy sand dunes, sharp slide turnings, seven-story-high sand slope, going downhill at a 75-degree angle, or going almost sideways on the hills will drive some serious adrenaline rushes for many.

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Scuba Diving Lesson

With a plethora of marine life, Taiwan is no doubt a paradise for divers. Dive sites are abundant, including Kenting, Green Island and Orchid Island. The best times to dive in Taiwan are autumn and springtime, but springtime can be a bit more hit-and-miss in terms of rainfall, which, of course, will affect your diving visibility. Summertime is fine if you can stand the humidity. Scuba diving is of freedom, adventure, excitement and fun, so why not learn about the underworld joys of scuba on the east coast of Taiwan?

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