Hualien 2.0: White Water Rafting

I’ve never been white water rafting.  It’s always looked cool and it’s been something I would like to do for a while, but the opportunity never arose until Nick’s dad came waaaaay back in August.  After visiting Taroko Gorge, we decided that a white water rafting trip was in order.  With help from our great friend and co-worker Anly, we made reservations with a company that picked us up and took us to the starting line.  After gearing up and watching a safety video in Chinese, we were ready to go!!!

Before loading the boats, we had to get into groups of 8-10 people.  At first it seemed like no one wanted the English speaking Americans and we were standing around like a few lost puppies, but finally some people took pity on us and called us over.  We wagged our tails in appreciation and quickly joined them in line.  Our group consisted of four Taiwanese people and three Japanese people, all of whom spoke at least a little English.  We ended up getting along really well with them and were a big, happy, wet family by the end!

The rafting trip was really fun!  There were soo many boats and we all started at the same time.  Unfortunately our boat got stuck on some rocks right off the bat, so we ended up being the last boat to start its trek (clearly none of us had done this before).  Amongst the row boats, there were workers in motor boats who were there to push people in the right direction, help people get their boat un-stuck, and to splash everyone with water, of course!  I think I want that job!

So, there you have it!  Hualien 2.0!

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7 thoughts on “Hualien 2.0: White Water Rafting

  1. looks fun!!

  2. Michael Johnson

    It was a hoot!

  3. Jennifer

    Looks like fun!

  4. Hualien really seemed a lot of fun. Sadly it was taken out of our IT when we go to Taiwan this December as our vacation day was cut. Just rally hate when work gets in the way of having fun. Really enjoy reading your posts.

    • That’s too bad! I hope you get another chance to go to Hualien, it really is beautiful!

      • hi still trying to get taroko in our IT. Would it be ok to if we arrive in hualien in the afternoon and take off the next afternoon back to Taipei? Is it enough maybe just to see tourist highlights of taroko? Also, which area would you suggest for us to stay too maximize time for our short visit? thanks in advance for your input guys.

  5. I think that would be enough time to see the highlights of Taroko. You can see the highlights of Taroko Gorge in a few hours. There are places to stay in Taroko Gorge, but we stayed at a hotel in Hualien city. It’s about a 30 minute drive to Taroko from the City. There are tour buses that will take you around Taroko Gorge, or you can take a private taxi from the city. I hope this helps!

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