Orchid Island 蘭嶼

Orchid Island (Lan-yu 蘭嶼)  is one of Taiwan's outlying islands known for its blue ocean, unique rock formations, and aboriginal culture.

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

Orchid Island can be reached from either Taidong or Kenting's Houwan by ferry. The ferry ride is about 2.5 hours and it can be rough. There are bags for those who may have an upset stomach because of seasickness. Taking some seasickness medication before the journey is a good idea.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

Upon arriving in Orchid, visitors will notice beautiful green mountain peaks and spectacular clear blue ocean.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

The ferry dock is a small area where just about everything is loaded and unloaded. Most visitors hop off the ferry and secure themselves a scooter and head off to their hostel or hotel. Orchid is a very small and simple place. It's all local shops and businesses. After many years, a 7-11 eventually opened on the island.

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

 

 

 

The Tao people populate most of Orchid Island. They are famous for their colorful canoes which are used during festival periods.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

Besides diving, which is spectacular, many people like to rent a scooter or ride a bicycle around the island. There is only one paved road and it takes about 45 minutes by scooter.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

As you circle the island you will see many types of geo-rock formations. In different light and angles, these make for great photo-ops.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

A herd of goats hanging out along the road on Orchid Island.

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

Unique rock scultures shaped by the elements are plentiful on Orchid Island.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

More rock formations near the northeast corner of Orchid Island. The one above resembles a tiger with its claws out jumping up.

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

The rock formations match well with the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

These waters are home to the flying fish which are a delicacy on Orchid Island.

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

 

The ferry departs from Orchid Island at 1:00pm daily. It departs from Kenting at 10:00am. If you want to book a ticket, you can try this website. Round trip adult tickets are 2,000 NT. It is best to book in advance and get to the ferry terminal in Kenting at least 45 minutes before departure.

 

Tickets for Orchid Island Ferry

 

 

Orchid Island Taiwan-diving and blue ocean

 

Government Website for Orchid Island (Chinese only)

 

 

 

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