Taitung was kind of a stopover as the main purpose of our trip was to visit Green Island, a little island east of Taitung, also known as Lyvdao.
“Green Island is a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean about 33 km (21 mi) off the eastern coast of Taiwan. It is 15.092 km² (5.83 sq mi) at high tide and 17.329 km² (6.69 sq mi) at low tide, making it the Republic of China’s fourth-largest island. The island is administered as Lüdao Township, a rural township of Taitung County and one of the county’s two offshore areas (the other being Orchid Island). The island once served as a penal colony for political prisoners during Taiwan’s period of martial law, although today it is primarily known as a tourist hotspot.” –information extracted from Wikipedia–
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Throwback to 16 Feb 17
Journey to Green Island
We booked a taxi the night before to drive us to Taitung Fugang Fish Harbor as we were taking the 10:30 ferry to Green Island. It was the off-peak season and there were only two ferries to Green Island – 10:30 and 15:00. Return ferry ticket was NT800 per pax. Our Airbnb host in Green Island had helped us with the booking of the ferry.
HAN-dy tip: Check what your host has booked the ferry tickets under to facilitate the collection of your ferry tickets.
HAN-dy tip: There is a small mini-mart at the Harbor where you can get some motion sickness pills, WHICH I HIGHLY SUGGEST non-mermaid-mere-mortals to get. ‘Cause it is so gonna be a bumpy ride. Our host had advised us to take the pills 40 mins prior to the ride and to sit at the back of the ferry to prevent motion sickness. Thank goodness we haven’t been the rebellious kind. The 50 mins journey was so choppy. You could feel the waves in your stomach. Even after heeding her advice, I could feel like I might accidentally get seasick if I focused too much on the rhythmic motion of the waves.
Our Airbnb Apartment
Upon reaching Green Island, our host was there to pick us up. She’s a really nice lady called Feng Jie. Her place was about 10 mins ride from the harbor. We stayed on the third floor again but her husband, whom Feng Jie addresses as Jiao Lian, was very kind to help us with the luggage. Her place was simple and adequate but it’s their hospitalities that makes us wanna go back. We stayed for one night at S$110.
After settling down, we went downstairs and saw Jiao Lian editing the beautiful photos from his diving trip in the morning with another couple in the building. Our main itinerary in Green Island was diving so we booked a dive with him for the next morning. They then gave us a map and told us that the best way to navigate through Green Island was by using a scooter so Jiao Lian gave us a quick guide on riding the scooter.
Exploring Green Island
Off we go to explore Green Island!
Green Island is actually a really small island so we managed to visit most of the attractions on the map in a few hours and went back for dinner Feng Jie had kindly prepared for us. Knowing that we were from Singapore, she had especially prepared Bak Kut Teh steamboat for us and the other couple. It was nice but wasn’t as spicy as the ones in Singapore. They also cooked the fishes they had caught in the afternoon. Fishes with blue bones! After dinner, Feng Jie took us on a night tour to hunt for Sika deer. We also visited several attractions, explaining things that we had missed out on the day. We came to the conclusion that locals in Lvydao have a lot of imaginations. Every rock formation is something if you look closely and imagine hard enough.
Zhaori Hot Spring
After the night tour, we went on our own to the Zhaori Hot Spring, which is one of the three saltwater hot spring in the world. Feng Jie told us to buy some prawns and eggs to cook using the hot spring water from a mini-mart nearby and some water to hydrate ourselves after. By the time we reached, there weren’t many people around and we went to cook our prawns and eggs first. The prawns were really nice and sweet!
HAN-dy tip: Do not change into your swimsuit first (in winter) if you are going to cook your food first. The hot spring for cooking is down the stairs and quite a distance from the main pools. It was very windy and the cooking time was about 10 mins. Therefore, you might freeze in the cold while your prawns thaw in the hot (spring).
The admission fee was NT200 and the hot spring itself was nice and hot in the cold weather. We spent 1.5 hours in total as it was near closing time.
HAN-dy tip: The shower rooms have no cold water and are a little scary at night when there is no one else around. SO BE BRAVE.
Scary Journey Back To Our Apartment
Then began our scary af journey back to the hostel. Feng Jie had told us not to turn in the wrong direction when exiting the hot spring as it was a much longer detour. Of course, we took the wrong turn and GOT LOST! Though it was basically a loop around the island, Green Island was not like Singapore. It had few or no street lamps and it had Sika deer everywhere in the bushes. It was so scary when we had to turn off the lights from our scooter to retrieve the map beneath our seats. PITCH DARK. SIKA DEERS’ turn to stare at us! Finally, we went back to our minsu and saw a warm message from Feng Jie. She was asking if we needed her to bring us an umbrella ’cause it was raining (the hot spring wasn’t that close to her place). Instantly warmed us up!
HAN-dy tip: Have a sense of direction or don’t keep your map underneath the seats.
What an eventful day 2.
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