A 5-day family cycle & activity tour in southern Taiwan
Explore the beautiful tropical south of Taiwan on this active adventure custom created for family fun, with plenty of opportunity for activities and sights to explore while bike touring a region known for its lovely weather year-round.
This family bike tour departs from Kaohsiung and returns.
Taiwan’s deep south is perfectly suited to a family ride, with great weather around the year, and huge diversity in spite of its small size. Our journey takes full advantage of this and includes everything from remote mountain roads, to beaches, hot springs, indigenous villages and even an aquarium. Distances are short enough that there is also plenty of time to soak up the experience and take part in a host of other optional activities, from snorkelling and surfing to kayaking or a jeep ride.
5 days duration
90 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Quality, well maintained Giant bikes in a full range of sizes are included in the price of your tour. These bikes are fitted-out to suit the conditions with hybrid tyres for smooth touring performance, a wide gear range to help you on any climbs and removable mudguards in case we encounter wet conditions.
Kids are well catered for on Grasshopper tours with a range of bike options to choose from. We have quality children's frames ranging down to XX-Small for those comfortable on a bike. For the less experienced tag-alongs are available that hook to the rear of an adult bike and allow kids to pedal along if they want, and for the youngest kids we have children's seats, so no one misses out on the fun.
We choose hotels not just based on star ratings, but for their character, comfort, charm and their ability to work with us to make your journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible. In prominent locations or cities, we generally use hotels in the 4 star range. In the minor towns we use the best available accommodation. Find out more about the hotels we use on tour in Taiwan.
Experienced English / Mandarin speaking leaders will host you on this trip - they are well spoken, very well informed, and always charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use a mix of local & foreign leaders all who have a passion for the country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of Taiwan and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
The island’s unique cultural and geographic diversity means that mealtimes are always a culinary adventure in Taiwan. The Pacifc’s rich bounty gives ample opportunity to sample super-fresh seafood, which the Japanese influence has nurtured into a love for sushi, whilst on terra firma the East Rift Valley is home to some of the island’s finest tropical fruit orchards producing dragonfruit, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, papaya, pomelos and pineapples to name but a few. In the cities everything is available around the clock, but in remote areas meals typically consist of two or three meat and fish dishes, two or three vegetable dishes, plus staples of rice or noodles, with fruit to finish. Meat dishes are usually chicken or pork, but beef, lamb, boar and other more exotic choices are sometimes on offer. Beer is available almost everywhere, but good wine is more difficult to find. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
3 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 3 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
A 20% discount is available for children 12 and under sharing a room with their parent (maximum 2 children per room).
This tour is 100% operated by Grasshopper Adventures. The guides are our full time employees, the hotels booked by our local office staff, and the bikes are part of our local fleet. We are not outsourcing any element of this tour so you can be assured of 100% Grasshopper quality.
for Bike South Taiwan for Families
Donggang & boat to Little Liuqiu Island
Today you’ll be collected from your Kaohsiung hotel (or airport or HSR station) and we’ll then make the short transfer from Kaohsiung to Donggang where we’ll explore the amazing local fresh produce market before catching a ferry to lovely Xiao Liuqui. In the afternoon we’ll have chance to explore, stopping at beaches, temples and unusual rock formations as well as snorkeling the crystal clear waters around Taiwan’s only coral island. Famed for it’s abundance of friendly sea turtles, Xiao Liuqui also offers a myriad of other fish and coral species and we’ll also learn a little about the problems facing the marine environment before returning to our hotel for some downtime and maybe a swim in the pool.
Transfer & Cycling to Sichongxi Hot Springs
This morning the ferry takes us back to the Taiwanese mainland from where we transfer south, and then east across the mountains to connect with a beautiful little road which winds its way down through the jungly interior of the Hengchun peninsula. This is where we’ll start today’s ride and along the way we’ll pass through sleepy indigenous settlements, historic battlefields and try to spot the monkeys, before the road flattens out and brings us to our overnight rest-stop, nestled in a picturesque valley, complete with hot springs and mountain views. In the evening we’ll have the chance to sample traditional indigenous cuisine.
Cycling to Baisha Beach & Kenting
Today we ride from the door, back towards the ocean, following the contours of the west coast on a lovely quiet road with plenty of diversions, including one of Asia’s best aquariums. We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring this incredible aquarium before jumping back on our bikes and continuing onto beautiful Baisha Beach (which featured in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi) where there’s the chance for a swim before a fantastic seafood lunch at Houbihu Marina. We end today in Kenting, home to some of Taiwan’s best beaches. In the evenings a lively night market sets up along Kenting’s main thoroughfare.
Cycle Kenting's Surrounds, Optional Activities
After breakfast we’ll continue our ride all the way to the island’s southernmost tip, before rounding the coast and making our way along dramatic cliffs with spectacular views up the coast. We end our ride in the rugged surf village of Jialeshui, where there are numerous adventurous activities on offer, ranging from kayaking and jeep rides, to surfing, or just exploring the otherworldly coastal rock formations. Tonight is free to explore the culinary delights and shopping on offer in Kenting.
Hike Kenting National Park, Conclude in Kaohsiung
This morning we’ll head up into Kenting’s rugged national park, which offers fantastic views of the whole peninsula. We’ll hike through uplifted coral passageways, eerie caverns and past giant banyans, possibly spotting monkeys, eagles, deer and even snakes. After our hike we’ll return to the hotel to freshen up and then have a final lunch together before making the drive back to Kaohsiung where the tour ends (approximately 3pm). For those who want to stay longer in Kenting we can arrange additional accommodation at our lovely tour hotel, plus a range of activities.
What's the Riding Like?
3 days riding
For the most part we ride on small country roads with minimal traffic, although there are short stretches on busier roads (which have designated cycle/scooter lanes) near Kenting town. Distances are kept broadly achievable and breaks are well spaced to make this tour accessible for riders of all levels.
Taiwan’s varied topography and location on the Tropic of Cancer gives it a diverse climate with countless separate micro-climates. Broadly speaking the best times to visit are autumn (October to December), which generally offers clear, warm sunny weather (18-28°C) and spring (March-May), which has similar if slightly wetter conditions, with the humidity on the rise as summer approaches.
Summers (June to the end of September) are hot and humid (28-35°C) with the risk of heavy tropical downpours and typhoons, particularly in July, August and September. This said if you’re prepared for the heat and the remote possibility of a typhoon this is also a beautiful time to ride in Taiwan – the hills are alive with flowers and wildlife, tropical fruits burst from seemingly every tree, and many villages celebrate traditional festivals. This is also the time you’ll see the most local riders out on the road.
The 'cold' of winter (December to March) is really only felt in the north and northeast (12-24°C), which are prone to rain showers and colder temperatures, but in the south and southwest conditions are typically dry and mild during this period. Winter is generally a very comfortable time to ride, particularly in the south, and is the most enjoyable time to soak in the island’s countless hot springs.
Our Recommendation - Winter is considered the off-season for domestic travelers, but the weather in the south remains warm and sunny without the heat and humidity of summer which makes it a great time to explore this part of the island with the kids.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of great reviews from our tours in Taiwan!
Great tour, lots of fun and good mix of exercise and relaxation / Being just a small group (family of four) allowed us to be flexible and let our guide adjust the itinerary on short notice to make best use of our limited time
Excellent. Very enjoyable cycling and overall experience. Great tour guides and friendly Taiwanese people.
Simon and Ana were wonderful hosts, who guided us through the amazing terrain of Taiwan. A wealth of local knowledge they were able to enhance the experience with detailed history and quirky information. A wonderful ride and a great way to see Taiwan.
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