Calling all wanderlusters! It’s summer aka the best season to travel to Green Island again. After deciding on your destination, the next step is planning your itinerary — KKday helped you put together a comprehensive guide to Green Island, allowing you to experience the island at its fullest in the most cost effective manner.
|Green Island (Denny Mobile)|
To Green Island
There are a few ways you can get to Green Island.
|Plane in Taitung Airport (鵬智 賴)|
You can take a flight from Taitung Airport to Green Island for about 15 minutes, only at NT1028 (~ SGD $45). As the aircraft is tiny, the seats are limited to 19 passengers so you should book your seats in advance.
- Taitung to Green Island
08:10am, 8:50am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 4:20pm
- Green Island to Taitung
8:50am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm
|Boat to Green Island (Kenny Mobile)|
Getting to the boat:
- Drive to Taitung’s Tomioka Pier
- Take a train to Taitung railway station, then transfer by taxi
- During the peak season (June to October), the boat will come around every 2 hours or so. During the off peak season, there will only be three shifts going to Green Island. It’s highly recommended that you check the schedule out in advance.
- Each boat ride is about 40 to 60 minutes.
- Return trip: NT 920 (~ SGD $40)
- One way ticket: NT 460 (~ SGD $20)
|Motorbikes in Green Island (Visualage)|
Most Taiwanese get around the country via motorbikes so naturally, the most effective way of getting around Green Island is by motorbike. You can admire the scenic views of the sea and sunset while riding along the roads on your way down the mountain.
- Rental price: NT 300 ($12.60)
- Pumping petrol: A complete trip around Green Island is about 20km, NT 100 (~ SGD $4.50) of fuel is enough to travel around Green Island twice. The island’s only gas station is in Nanliao Village and its operating hours are 8:00 – 17:00.
|Fresh seafood in Green Island (Beatrice Wei)|
Although at first glance, Green Island looks like it’s filled with typical Taiwanese stores selling stir fried food, ice cream and breakfast, they actually come with a twist! Green Island is famous for their distinctive seaweed flavoured eats.
|Seaweed ice (Susan5443)|
|Seaweed omellete (小 薛)|
A famous dish in Green Island, the added flavour of seaweed gives your typical omelette a refreshing taste!
|Venison specialty shop (Susan5443)|
|Dried fish (We make noise!)|
|Map of attractions on Green Island|
Food and transportation aside, the highlight of Green Island is obviously their attractions! There are a surprisingly great quantity of activities you can partake in along the coast of Green Island filled with rocks and stones.
|Pug and Sleeping Beauty Rocks (wsifrancis)|
|Guanyin Cave (Wei – Te Wong)|
Located in a natural cave on Green Island is a stalagmite that resembles Guanyin (sometimes also spelt as Kuanyin), the Goddess of Mercy. This cave, dedicated to Guanyin, is Green Island‘s most important religious site.
|Worshippers hanging their wishes on the archway of Guanyin Cave(Benson Meng)|
|Green Island Prison (VisualAge)|
Surrounded by sea, Green Island is an isolated island that holds a dark history as the largest political prison during the Chinese Civil War, better known as White Terror, from 1950s to 1980s. Its interior is divided into two sections, New Life Correction Center and Green Island Reform and Reeducation Prison.
|A room in Green Island Prison (Carol Lin)|
With the Chinese ideology of “better to arrest a hundred innocent people than let one guilty person be free”, a dozen people were locked in this tiny enclosed area to re-educate their political beliefs. Re-education, another word for torture, includes splashing prisoners with sugar water, allowing ants to climb all over their bodies.
Now that the steel doors of Green Island Human Rights Memorial Park is opened to public, you can have a first-hand experience of the grim atmosphere in these political prisons that robbed many prisoners of war their youth and innocence.
|Undersea hot springs (Sci)|
|Undersea hot springs 權鋒 葉|
|Coast of Green Island (yenjwang)|
Other than Green Island‘s attractions, KKday has a few activities on the island to recommend. For an authentic Green Island experience, you shouldn’t miss these activities!
1. See the Sunrise
|Coast of Green Island (Joel Fukuzawa)|
The hot springs, located on the east side of Green Island, are one of the best places to catch the island’s charming sunrises.
|Sunset at Green Island (Joel Fukuzawa)|
The sight of a tangerine glow gradually splashing across the skies greets you every morning while you listen to the serene sound of waves crashing upon the coasts — trust us, with the sunrises in Green Island, there’s no place you’d rather be.
2. Eco-Trail at Night & Stargazing
|Stick insect (Benson Meng)|
Go on a eco trail at night for a close walk with Mother Nature, an unattainable experience in Singapore’s city life. If you’re lucky, you might spot a wild deer or this large stick insect found only in Kenting and Green Island!
|Light house in Green Island Joel Fukuzawa|
Green Island has little light pollution, making it the perfect spot for stargazing. You can even spot the Milky Way and Big Dipper here — need we say more? If you catch a shooting star, don’t forget to make a wish!
|Snorkelling (Kenji Wang)|
Put on your life jackets, it’s time you jump into Green Island‘s clear waters! After all, isn’t that what Green Island is known for? Under the guide of a coach, you can go close to the colourful corals as well as the different fishes of the sea.
|Snorkelling (Kenji Wang)|
If you find snorkelling too tame for you, you can even opt for a dive deeper in the ocean!
The cheapest way to explore Green Island is of course getting around by motorcycles and hopping on day tours, leaving you more time and money to spend around the island. Now that you’re an expert on Green Island, go be a smart alec and share your newfound knowledge with everyone!
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