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Xiaoliuqiu information for the solo traveller 小琉球


Xiaoliuqiu is a Taiwan offshore island made solely out of coral and well-known for its considerable sea turtles. Although it is without doubt one of the smaller islands, Xiaoliuqiu’s proximity off the shore of Pingtung makes it a very fashionable Taiwan weekend journey with its perpetual solar, sand and sea. Right here’s my information on issues to do on Xiaoliuqiu as a solo traveller and tips about what to take a look at.

Taiwan‘s offshore islands are a few of my favorite locations to go to and Xiaoliuqiu was my first cease on my Taiwan island journey that included Penghu and the Matsu Islands. Try my IG highlights to see some images and movies from my Xiaoliuqiu journey.

Xiaoliuqiu Scuba Diving Turtle Me
Simply chilling with the turtles in Xiaoliuqiu

The place is Xiaoliuqiu situated?

Xiaoliuqiu is a part of Taiwan’s southern Pingtung county. It’s considered one of Taiwan’s offshore islands situated to the south of Kaohsiung Metropolis. It additionally has many various names which you will notice on-line and on maps – Lambai Island, Ryukyu Island, Little Liuqiu, Liouchiou, although Xiaoliuqiu 小琉球 is the identify that I discovered mostly utilized by the Taiwanese.

Greatest time to go to Xiaoliuqiu

Xiaoliuqiu is within the southern a part of Taiwan which typically makes its climate milder compared to the remainder of the nation. We’re speaking temperatures averaging round 25-35ºC even within the winter months, so you may go to it any time of 12 months.

Nonetheless given its island vibes, summers (June to August) are when Xiaoliuqiu is at its busiest as locals and vacationers alike flock to its pretty waters and seashores. I visited in Could which is earlier than the height season and it was HOT. Like 30ºC++ with no clouds kind of sizzling. Undoubtedly very beach-friendly climate.

Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Me Hat
Cowl up I had on numerous sunscreen however nonetheless ended up a bit burnt across the mouth

Easy methods to get to Xiaoliuqiu

Xiaoliuqiu is best to get to should you’re already in Kaohsiung, however even should you’re in Taipei or coming from Taoyuan Worldwide Airport, it’s not troublesome to hop on a Excessive Velocity Practice to get there.

1) HSR to Zuoying Station

For those who’re flying in to Taoyuan Airport, the simplest solution to get to Kaohsiung is to first hop on the airport prepare to Taoyuan HSR Station 桃園高鐵 (20-30 minutes, 25 NTD on easycard) after which take the excessive pace rail all the way down to Zuoying Station 左營高鐵 (about 1.5 hours) [Google maps] – the HSR ticket I pre-bought by way of Klook [affiliate link] prices about SG$45 (Normal ticket on the HSR station is 1,330 NTD/S$58). Pre-booking means you may reserve a seat on-line as effectively (no must squeeze in non-reserved automobiles or stand)

Taiwan High Speed Rail Train Ticket
HSR Practice ticket from Taoyuan to Zuoying
Taiwan High Speed Rail Train Seats
HSR trains are fairly spacious and cozy

2) Vacationer Shuttle Bus 9127-D to Donggang Ferry Terminal

At Zuoying HSR Station, search for the ticket sales space and you should purchase a bus ticket for the Dapeng Scenic Space to alight at Donggang Ferry Terminal. Seat reservation is required! Even should you intend to pay by Easycard on the bus, you continue to must pop by and ‘reserve’ a seat as a result of no standing is allowed on the bus and if it’s full, you’ll have to attend for the following bus. It’s a big coach and you’ll put your baggage within the baggage space if you must.

The bus experience takes slightly below an hour and prices 120 NTD (106 NTD should you use your Easycard). Extra on Taiwan Vacationer Shuttle Bus 9127-D. You may as well confer with this video by Freedive Nomad for a Youtube video exhibiting you precisely the place to go.

Zuoying HSR Dapeng Bay Ticket Booth
Dapeng Bay Ticket Sales space at Zuoying HSR Station
Zuoying HSR Dapeng Bay Timings
My ticket reservation together with the bus departure timings
Zuoying HSR Dapeng Bay Bus
The bus cease is only a quick stroll from the ticket sales space

Shared Taxis: There might also be shared taxis going from Zuoying Station to Donggang Ferry Terminal, however it does rely on while you arrive they usually await a sure minimal variety of pax earlier than they go away. It’s simpler for discover these on the Ferry Terminal to get again to the HSR Station. You’ll be able to guide this shared transport by way of Klook [affiliate link] connecting you to Zuoying HSR, Kaohsiung Railway Station and downtown Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung Airport: Singapore doesn’t at the moment fly direct to Kaohsiung Airport (KHH), however I needed to get from Donggang Ferry Terminal to Kaohsiung Airport to catch my flight to Penghu. The automotive service really useful by my guesthouse quoted me 800 NTD, however on the ferry terminal I discovered a taxi driver who quoted me 700 NTD for the 1-way experience (we had a pleasant chat and he even gave me a sesame bun).

3) Ferry to Xiaoliuqiu

Donggang Ferry Terminal has a number of firms promoting ferry tickets to Xiaoliuqiu. My guesthouse had organized my tickets for me by way of Tungliu Ferries 東琉線 and I simply needed to pop by the ticket window with my identify/telephone/reserving quantity and passport to retrieve my tickets. There was no fastened timing for the tickets, I simply took the following accessible ferry. There’s a ferry schedule to offer you a tough concept of when the ferries go away.

The ferry experience takes about 20 minutes and the round-trip ferry tickets from Donggang to Xiaoliuqiu price 400 NTD/S$17. You’ll be able to pre-book your Donggang-Xiaoliuqiu ferry tickets by way of Klook for Tungliu Ferries and TF Delivery [affiliate links] – the ferry tickets additionally embrace an possibility for shared taxi switch from Zuoying/Kaohsiung prepare stations for an additional $7-8 which is fairly low cost and also you don’t have to fret concerning the bus. This Tungliu ticket has a QR code so that you don’t even have to fret about choosing it up, simply go straight to the ferry.

Notice that there are not any airports on the island – the one solution to get to Xiaoliuqiu is by Ferry. You may as well try LeucoSapphire 藍白航 or Liuxin 琉興航運 for extra ferry tickets and schedules.

Donggang Harbour Entrance
Busy Donggang Harbour
Donggang Harbour Entrance
Strolling out to the boat

The general public ferries dock at Baishawei Harbour 白沙尾漁港 on the northeastern finish of Xiaoliuqiu. Baishawei is just about Xiaoliuqiu’s downtown space and bsides a pleasant huge obligation free store on the harbour for final minute buys, you may as well stroll to the principle city space the place the guesthouses, scooter leases and exercise outlets are situated.

Xiaoliuqiu Baishawei Harbour Ferry
Baishawei Harbour Ferry on Xiaoliuqiu
Xiaoliuqiu Baishawei Sign
Strolling to the principle city space from Baishawei harbour

There may be one other harbour at Dafu 大福 on the japanese facet of the island [Google maps] that personal ferries go to that leaves from Yanpu Harbour 鹽埔港 which is simply north from Donggang Harbour [Google maps], however Dafu is way much less busy than Baishawei so that you may need issues should you don’t prebook a scooter of switch to your lodge. Try Dafuliuqiu 大福琉球航運 or this hyperlink on Klook that sells Dafuliuqiu ferry + e-scooter packages [affiliate link] for extra.

Xiaoliuqiu Dafu Harbour
Dafu Harbour I handed by whereas scooting across the island and theres not very a lot else close by right here

Easy methods to get round Xiaoliuqiu

Scooter/E-bike

Xiaoliuqiu is a reasonably small island that’s about 6.8sq km massive with about 12km of shoreline. That interprets into you having the ability to circle the island in about half-hour on scooter should you rode nonstop. There’s a important ring street 環道路 that follows the shoreline the place many of the sights are situated, in addition to 2-3 different bigger roads that run from north to south by the middle of the island.

Xiaoliqiu is comparatively flat although there are a number of slopey bits – e-scooters (which don’t require a driving license) can nonetheless handle these although there may be one notably steep street as much as the lighthouse/previous Banyan tree lookout that they don’t advocate e-scooters take as a result of that may be a actual steep incline.

Xiaoliuqiu Baishawei Harbour Scooters
Scooters are one of the simplest ways to get round

Various modes of transport

There’s a public bus 601 that follows the principle ring street across the island of Xiaoliuqiu (601A cuts by the centre street), however it’s fairly rare (each hour or so) so plan effectively if you wish to use this.

Issues to do in Xiaoliuqiu

Baishawei Harbour is situated within the north of the island and the place downtown Xiaoliuqiu with probably the most outlets and facilities are situated. Most individuals are inclined to go anti-clockwise as a result of the island’s extra well-known sights are situated on the west coast, in order that’s what I’ll do for this Xiaoliuqiu information to point out you what you may see alongside the best way.

Most individuals do a day journey to Xiaoliuqiu, however I believe it’s price spending no less than one evening right here to benefit from the island after the crowds go away – the final ferries depart between 5-6pm. I spent 2 nights right here which was loads of time to go across the island a number of instances.

NORTH WEST

Vase Rock

花瓶石

One in all Xiaoliuqiu’s most iconic sights, Vase Rock is a well-liked spot for photographers, in addition to snorkelers and scuba divers as there are a lot of sea turtles to be discovered round right here.

Simply be ready for it to be perpetually crowded. I got here right here within the night when the tide was low to benefit from the sundown and there have been numerous folks milling round. The following morning I scuba dived off the shore right here and there have been numerous snorkelling teams round.

Xiaoliuqiu Vase Rock Sunset
Sundown at Vase Rock
Xiaoliuqiu Vase Rock Viewing Platform
A small seaside results in the rock
Xiaoliuqiu Vase Rock
Nearer view from beneath The vase identify apparently is due to all of the vegetation discovered on high of the rock
Xiaoliuqiu Vase Rock Diving Me
Going in the hunt for sea turtles

Vase Rock – Huaping Shi 花瓶石 [Google maps]

Magnificence Cave

美人洞

Additional alongside Meiren street is a barely elevated space known as the Magnificence Cave or Meiren Dong. Magnificence Cave really consists of two elements – 1 bit stretches alongside the coast providing some sea caves to stroll by and coastal views, whereas one other bit is inland on the alternative facet of the street.

It is a ticketed space and there are 2 cubicles (1 on every finish of the cave stretch) to purchase tickets to enter. The ticket consists of entry to Wild Boar Trench and Black Satan Cave (extra on that beneath).

Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Ticket Booth
Choose up your tickets at considered one of these ticket cubicles
Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Map
Map of the Magnificence Cave trails

The paved paths alongside the shoreline contain some stair climbing and lead by some fascinating caves and rocks. For those who’re feeling adventurous, seek out the 13 scenic view factors discovered right here.

Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Bat Cave
The Bat Cave had no bats in it although it was fairly poky
Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Cave Stairs
Stairs lead by the coral rocks

The inland space is extra of a forest path above the rocks and timber. There are a bunch of Rocks of Significance to see alongside the best way together with some pavilions, however principally it’s a pleasant scenic stroll to take pleasure in nature. Tickets usually price 120 NTD and I’m undecided if there was some off-peak promotion occurring however I solely needed to pay 100 NTD once I visited.

Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Trail Path
Strolling alongside the path

Magnificence Cave – mei ren dong 美人洞 [Google maps]. Open 7am-6pm (summer season Apr-Oct), 730am-5pm (winter Nov-Mar). 120 NTD for mixed ticket for Magnificence Cave, Magnificence Seaside, Wild Boar Trench and Black Satan Cave.

Magnificence Seaside

美人沙灘

This cute little seaside is true subsequent to the place the Magnificence Cave path is – you may see it from the Magnificence cave coastal path however the entrance to the seaside is a bit additional down the street. Numerous snorkellers out on the seaside that day having a wade within the shallows.

Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach View
Magnificence Seaside from above
Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Coast
Closeup of the crystal clear waters
Xiaoliuqiu Beauty Beach Low Tide
Excellent seaside climate

Magnificence Seaside – mei ren sha tan 美人沙灘 [Google maps] – see Magnificence Cave for ticket particulars

SOUTH WEST

Shanfu Ecological Stroll

杉福生態廊道

This viewpoint additional down the street from Magnificence Seaside really appears fairly nondescript at first – there’s a stone marker right here, however comply with the trail subsequent to it and also you’ll end up descending alongside a stone path into an previous navy bunker which opens as much as a sea view.

You’ll be able to wander round this disused bunker which nonetheless has previous navy signage painted on its partitions, and benefit from the coastal views whilst you’re right here.

Xiaoliuqiu Shanfu Ecological Walk Marker
The marker the trail downwards is true behind the stone
Xiaoliuqiu Shanfu Ecological Walk Path
Happening
Xiaoliuqiu Shanfu Ecological Walk Bunker
View of the bunker from beneath
Xiaoliuqiu Shanfu Ecological Walk Viewpoint
Sea view from right here

Shanfu Ecological Stroll – shan fu sheng tai lang dao 杉福生態廊道 [Google maps]

Wild Boar Trench Path

山豬溝生態步道

Additionally a part of the paid ticket, the Wild Boar (Sanzhu) Trench Path is a pleasant forest path the place you may take a stroll amidst greenery. Pretty coral rock formations with some very massive and previous banyan timber rising out of them amidst a thick jungle cover.

This place is nice for some quick hikes and never a foul possibility when it’s sizzling as a result of the thick foliage makes it a bit extra shady. Anticipate some stair climbing however the picket boardwalks are typically straightforward to stroll and effectively maintained.

No wild boars noticed right here regardless of its identify!

Xiaoliuqiu Sanzhu Trail Tree
Large banyan rising out the highest of this rock
Xiaoliuqiu Sanzhu Trail Giant Rock
Some trails minimize by the rock in mini tunnels
Xiaoliuqiu Sanzhu Trail Yixiantian
Yixiantian or 1 sliver of sky is a really slim hole in a big rock

You’ll find a row of small meals outlets on the entrance of the Sanzhu Path. Right here’s the place I ate a extremely cute turtle-shaped ice cream, simply one of many many turtle-shaped meals I might encounter right here in Xiaoliuqiu.

Xiaoliuqiu Sanzhu Trail Shops
Retailers throughout the street from the path entrance
Xiaoliuqiu Sanzhu Trail Shops Turtle Popsicle
How cute is the turtle popsicle

Wild Boar Trench Path – shan zhu gou sheng tai bu dao 山豬溝生態步道 [Google maps]

Venice Seaside

威尼斯沙灘

Also referred to as Geban Bay Seaside 蛤板灣, Venice Seaside is a uncommon sand seaside as most of Xiaoliuqiu’s seashores are fabricated from coral. No ticket is required to entry this seaside which has some fascinating shallows that make for good intertidal walks, and its west-facing makes it a well-liked sundown spot as effectively.

Xiaoliuqiu Venice Beach
Venice Seaside from above on a cloudy day
Xiaoliuqiu Venice Beach Stalls
Some stalls right here together with a service the place you may wash up with contemporary water for a small payment

Venice Seaside – wei ni si ya sha tan 威尼斯沙灘 [Google maps]

Black Satan Cave

烏鬼洞

The very ominous sounding Black Satan Cave is the final attraction on the paid ticket with Magnificence Cave and Wild Boar Trench and can be a pretty coastal forest space for a stroll. There are some outlets outdoors the doorway as effectively although I didn’t get the prospect to verify them out.

Xiaoliuqiu Black Devil Cave Entrance
Entrance to the Black Satan Cave is much less ominous in such good climate
Xiaoliuqiu Black Devil Cave Map
The origin of the identify Black Satan is unclear there may be an evidence on the signal which apparently is bullshit in response to everybody on line

The precise cave is a really slim stairway main down right into a rock crack – it appears to have caved in so you may’t actually shimmy your means by the cave although you may comply with the steps to emerge out one other spot alongside the trail.

Xiaoliuqiu Black Devil Cave Sign
Enter the cave
Xiaoliuqiu Black Devil Cave Tunnel
Extra low rock tunnels to climb by

I preferred the seaside paths finest! Xiaoliuqiu’s west coast is beautiful.

Xiaoliuqiu Black Devil Cave Yi Bridge
Yi Bridge and a pleasant pavilion and seaview

Black Satan Cave – wu gui dong 烏鬼洞 [Google maps] Open 730am – 5pm

Sundown Pavilion

落日亭

Sundown Pavilion is on the southwestern tip of Xiaoliuqiu and given its identify, is meant to supply among the finest sundown views on the island. Sadly I used to be there on a somewhat gloomy afternoon and needed to run from the rain after these photographs, so I assume I’ll have to come back again once more in future to see if it’s true. Pretty sea view although, with benches to sit down round on and admire the view.

Xiaoliuqiu Sunset Point
Sundown Level on a dismal afternoon
Xiaoliuqiu Sunset Point Fishermen
I like this shot of the fishermen simply perched on a rock in opposition to the large blue sea

Sundown Pavilion – luo ri ting 落日亭 [Google maps]

EAST

There appears to be extra issues to see on the western facet of the island in comparison with the east, however the island is sufficiently small that you must be capable to make a number of spherical journeys simply should you needed to.

Guanyin Rock

觀音石

Alongside the southeastern coast is a small stretch of Rocks of Significance – the Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Rock appears to be probably the most well-known however for the lifetime of me I can’t see Guanyin in any type, perhaps I’m simply not that divine.

Xiaoliuqiu Guanyin Rock
Simply admire the view

There may be additionally a Toad Rock which I missed, however I noticed the somewhat rodent-like Rat Rock 老鼠岩.

Xiaoliuqiu Rat Rock
Rat Rock

[Google Maps] The Guanyin, Toad and Rat rocks are situated in fairly shut proximity to one another alongside the Huandao Highway proper after you move by a small temple on the left.

Liuqiu Lighthouse

白燈塔

Positioned up a really steep slope, the lighthouse is normally the most effective locations to get a view because it’s on excessive floor, however handle your expectations as a result of Liuqiu’s 10m tall lighthouse is surrounded by timber so you may’t see the coast in any respect from the bottom of the lighthouse. You’ll be able to’t enter it both.

Xiaoliuqiu Lighthouse Up
Wanting up on the lighthouse
Xiaoliuqiu Lighthouse Forest
Yup blocked by timber

Liuqiu Lighthouse (White lighthouse) – bai deng ta 白燈塔 [Google maps]. Take the small street left proper after the Toad Rock and go all the best way up the slope.

Hundred 12 months Previous Banyan Tree

百年老榕樹

Whereas the lighthouse view is disappointing, there may be one other spot very shut by which presents some nice views. Observe the indicators to the Previous Banyan Tree and also you’ll discover a small clearing with a bit temple beneath a large banyan tree with sprawling branches.

Xiaoliuqiu Old Banyan Tree Viewpoint Temple
Temple underneath the previous banyan tree

The fascinating bit is definitely situated behind the Banyan Tree, the place there’s a small path the leads previous the timber…

Xiaoliuqiu Old Banyan Tree Viewpoint Path
Secret path Properly I imply with all these warning indicators its not that hidden however nonetheless

Take a look at the view of the east coast of Xiaoliuqiu! Maybe a pleasant dawn spot should you can stand up. That’s Secret Seaside beneath. I made a enjoyable quick video about this discover you could watch on my Instagram.

Xiaoliuqiu Old Banyan Tree Viewpoint Coast
Panoramic view of Secret Seaside and the kayakers

Hundred 12 months Previous Banyan Tree – bai nian lao rong shu 百年老榕樹 [Google maps]

Secret Seaside

秘密沙灘

A type of secrets and techniques that’s probably not hidden, Secret Seaside is a really picturesque little sheltered cove amidst the rocks that looks like a well-liked spot for kayakers and SUPers. And it’s additionally in style with snorkelers and turtle recognizing.

Xiaoliuqiu Secret Beach Cove
Not so secret seaside

Secret Seaside – mi mi sha tan 秘密沙灘 [Google maps]

Lobster Cave

龍蝦洞

Up on the northeast nook, I ended at Lobster Cave to see what it was all about, however this appeared to be extra of a snorkeling spot while you stroll out onto the rocks. There was a spot the place you may clamber down some rocks to get to the seaside to see the precise Lobster Cave (extra like a cut up within the rocks) however I didn’t trouble.

Xiaoliuqiu Lobster Cave Beach
Climbing all the way down to Lobster Cave for the gram
Xiaoliuqiu Lobster Cave Coast
I stayed up high to admire the view

Lobster Cave – lengthy xia dong 龍蝦洞 [Google maps]

Scuba Diving in Xiaoliuqiu

I did have an opportunity to go Scuba Diving in Xiaoliuqiu which was organized by my acccommodation. I’d initially booked a group scuba diving session by way of Klook [affiliate link] however sadly there weren’t sufficient folks so it bought cancelled.

My guesthouse booked me a non-public diving session with Ocean House 海之家潛水店 for two,000 NTD (S$85) which included tools rental + images/movies – Not the most affordable, however it was a reasonably final minute reserving and likewise a non-public information. This dive store additionally has lessons for these seeking to take their Open Water programs, or non-divers seeking to simply do the Expertise dive.

Xiaoliuqiu Scuba Diving Centre Counter
Ocean Houses inside

We bought all arrange on the dive store and I hopped on a scooter behind my dive information and we headed over to Vase Rock (it was excessive tide that morning) and did a shore dive from there. The water was fairly clear and whereas not probably the most fascinating maybe by way of sea life, there have been a bunch of turtles throughout. I had one swim up fairly near me.

Xiaoliuqiu Vase Rock Diving Me
All able to dive in
Xiaoliuqiu Scuba Diving Rock Me
Underwater photographs
Xiaoliuqiu Scuba Diving Turtle Me
Turtle encounter

Ocean House – hai zhi jia qian shui dian 海之家潛水店 [Google maps] Discover them on Instagram


What to eat in Xiaoliuqiu

Searching for locations to eat on Xiaoliuqiu? Whereas this can be a small island, it will get fairly packed on the weekends so ensure to make reservations for in style spots and meals. Most of the meals stalls and eating places may be discovered within the city space within the north, however there are eateries scattered throughout the island.

Sì bù huò Sushi

肆不惑 壽司.丼

The identify of this sushi restaurant interprets into one thing like ‘Don’t be confused’, and this is without doubt one of the hottest Japanese sushi eating places on Xiaoliuqiu. It’s so in style that the restaurant doesn’t take walk-ins and they are often booked out weeks upfront. I lucked out as a result of I occurred to seek out their web page the day after they opened their bookings, so I despatched in a request to eat right here and see whether or not it’s price all of the fuss.

Xiaoliuqiu Sibuhuo Exterior
Tiny restaurant and its cheery yellow partitions

It’s a sushi restaurant that serves donburi, sashimi and sushi. I ordered a Caterpillar Roll 毛毛蟲捲 which is a rice wrapped round seaweed, crab stick and egg and topped with avocado and fish roe and was contemporary and yummy. Miso soup is served as a facet and likewise excellent.

Xiaoliuqiu Sibuhuo Caterpillar Roll
Caterpillar Roll

I additionally ordered a Chawanmushi (steamed egg) which in most Japanese eating places is served in a small cup, however this one was a full rice bowl portion which shocked me. Once more, good and attractive and a beautiful heat silky distinction to the sushi roll.

Xiaoliuqiu Sibuhuo Chawanmushi
rice bowl sized chawanmushi

I even ordered some freshly ready sushi, and sadly I can’t let you know what this meat is as a result of I simply requested the chef on the counter to advocate me stuff, however the one on the best so so smooth and delectable. I’m not normally a fan of uncooked fish however in locations the place they do it contemporary, it’s simply so good.

I spent 360 NTD in complete, about S$15 for some fairly stellar sushi.

Xiaoliuqiu Sibuhuo Sushi
The left facet is 軟絲 which I believe is a few form of squid and the best is 鰭邊肉 flatfish the flatfish was actually smooth

Easy methods to guide: E-book by way of Fb Messenger on their Fb web page. Bookings open for the next month on twenty fifth of the earlier month (e.g. Could bookings open on 25 Apr). Drop them a Fb Message with the date/time/no. of pax/identify/telephone quantity (there are directions you could Google Translate of their FB posts), and await them to ship you a calendar for affirmation.

Sibuhuo Sushi 肆不惑 壽司.丼 [Google maps]. Closed on Mon. Open for dinner 6pm – 9pm (Lunch 1130am – 2pm on Tue, Fri-Solar)

Yoyo Cheese Roll

Yoyo 起司捲

Yoyo cheese roll is one other meals that I stored seeing pop up in my Xiaoliuqiu searches, and I occur to probability upon the stall whereas driving round on my second day. I didn’t make a reserving however simply popped by to see if there was any probability to select some up.

Whereas it’s name Yoyo Cheese Roll, the Pie 派 is definitely the well-known factor to eat right here, not the Roll 卷. And since that is an island, you’ll wish to get the tuna which is their speciality. I didn’t know any higher they usually solely had rolls left, so I picked up a hen roll (70 NTD) however even that was fairly delicious.

Xiaoliuqiu Yoyo Cheese Roll Menu
Menu
Xiaoliuqiu Yoyo Cheese Roll Stall
Freshly fried and cooling down
Xiaoliuqiu Yoyo Cheese Roll Chicken
Snacking on my oozing hen roll Yum

Yoyo 起司捲 [Google maps] Open 11am – 430pm. Examine their Fb web page for closures and if you wish to make an order, name (or ask somebody to name) them instantly.

Mizi’s Home

蜜仔琉部 餐館

Mizi’s Home is an Instagrammers dream, a lovely 2 storey home close to the port adorned with vegetation throughout its exterior and inside. It even has its personal greenhouse of types. Their menu (which has some English) principally consists of fusion pastas and pizza.

Once more, I attempted my luck strolling in fairly early (earlier than 6pm) and managed to get a counter seat with none bookings.

Xiaoliuqiu Mizis House Exterior
All of the vegetation at Mizis Home
Xiaoliuqiu Mizis House Interior
Such a captivating inside

My order was the spaghetti with shrimps, garlic, mushroom and white wine (380 NTD) which was tasty and filling, and paired that with a Xiaoliuqiu craft beer with an orange flavour profile and a cute turtle label – tasty however fairly gassy~

Xiaoliuqiu Mizis House Pasta Beer
Pasta and craft beer for dinner

Mizi’s Home 蜜仔琉部 餐館 [Google maps]. Closed on Tues. Open 11am – 2pm (5-8pm Fri-Solar). Extra on their Fb web page.

Sea Daze

I chanced upon Sea Daze situated close to the Shanfu Ecological Stroll and it’s a beautiful seaside bar full with sand… on high of the hill. It’s a really fairly spot and whereas I meant to sit back on the market for some sundown beers, it seems that they’d a celebration the evening earlier than and have been nonetheless not fairly able to open once I popped by at their opening time, ah effectively island life.

Nonetheless they let me sit by the ocean with out having to order something as they prepped the bar and I bought to benefit from the view without spending a dime. Could be an amazing place to hang around at evening as they solely shut previous midnight.

Xiaoliuqiu Sea Daze Tables
Sitting on the sand with hill views at Sea Daze
Xiaoliuqiu Sea Daze View
Prime seats by the ocean too dangerous there wasnt a lot of a sundown

Sea Daze [Google maps] Open 5pm – 1am. Extra on their Instagram.

Tiantaijiao Ice Store

天台角冰店

I ended up at this store whereas in search of a spot to attend out a sudden downpour that began whereas I used to be on the Sundown Level close by. I handed by earlier and doubled again to this spot and bought myself a pleasant refreshing ice cream to chill down and await the rain to clear.

This little dessert store has a cute cottage vibe they usually do quite a lot of shaved ice desserts however these seemed means an excessive amount of for lil’ me, so I settled for a vanilla ice cream topped with black sugar which was an ideal solution to calm down within the humid climate.

Xiaoliuqiu Tiantaibing Exterior
Tiantaijiao ice store has principally sheltered seating
Xiaoliuqiu Tiantaibing Tables
Cute poky little place
Xiaoliuqiu Tiantaibing Black Sugar Ice Cream
My black sugar ice cream

Tiantaijiao Ice Store 天台角冰店 [Google maps]. Open 11am – 5pm. Extra on their fb web page.

Ocean Wanting Ice (Haizhaobing)

海找冰

The climate on Xiaoliuqiu was so heat and tropical that I ended up taking quite a lot of ice cream breaks, and considered one of my favorite spots needed to be Haizhaobing. Positioned at Houshi proper after the Rat Rock, this artsy little dessert spot has nice views of the shallow rocky shoreline alongside the east coast.

Xiaoliuqiu Haizaobing Entrance
Haizhaobings artsy entrance
Xiaoliuqiu Haizaobing Cafe
I visited at a bizarre mid day time thats why it was emptyish
Xiaoliuqiu Haizaobing View Low Tide
Take a look at that pretty view These mountains within the distance are someplace round Pingtung on the mainland of Taiwan

Cooling down with a mermaid tail ice cream! Such a enjoyable dessert, however I actually loved having the ability to chill by the shoreline and the low tide view. This place apparently will get very crowded so there’s a minimal 100 NTD order per individual and a time restrict of 90 minutes.

Xiaoliuqiu Haizaobing Ice Cream
How cute is that this ice cream with a chocolate mermaids tail and turtle chocs

Ocean Wanting Ice – 海找冰 Haizhaobin [Google maps] Closed on Tues. Open 11am – 5pm (10am Sat-Solar). Extra on their Instagram.

Liubing Hand Made Popsicles

琉冰手作冰棒

Xiaoliuqiu’s heat climate means there are many causes to take pleasure in iced desserts, and Liubing’s handcrafted popsicles are maybe the prettiest that I’ve seen on the island.

Xiaoliuqiu Liubing Entrance
Liubing handcrafted popsicles

This dessert store makes their very own popsicles with numerous fruit and color – these sticks are ridiculously instagrammable but in addition fairly tasty as well.

Xiaoliuqiu Liubing Freezer
Attempting to make a choice
Xiaoliuqiu Liubing Popsicle
Lastly selected a Mango Strawberry mixture with a kiwi for kicks

Liubing Hand Made Popsicles 琉冰手作冰棒 [Google maps] Closed on Wed. Open 10am – 730pm (1130am on Tue, 930am on Solar, 9pm on Sat). Extra on their Fb web page.


The place to remain in Xiaoliuqiu

Straightforward Keep

尹居民宿

I picked a visitor home known as Straightforward Keep for his or her fairly priced rooms and central location close to the principle city space.

I had a room on the 2nd flooring and the room itself is sort of primary and whereas I didn’t actually have any view, it was adequate to calm down in after lengthy days outdoors. The one factor is that the air-conditioning was proper above the mattress so it may get a bit chilly however apart from that it was nice.

Xiaoliuqiu Easy Stay Guesthouse Room
My room was clear although probably not wherever else to sit down in addition to the mattress The home windows can open however theres no view
Xiaoliuqiu Easy Stay Guesthouse Toilet
The form of the bathe was a bit awkward however the water strain was wonderful

The employees at Straightforward Keep was very pleasant and accommodating. What was nice about speaking to Straightforward Keep by way of LINE as a substitute of by the reserving platform is that they created an entire package deal for me that included my ferry tickets in addition to scooter rental together with the room package deal so I didn’t have to fret about reserving all this stuff individually.

On reserving.com I might have paid 4,104 NTD for a double room for two nights. I ended up paying a package deal value of 5,200 NTD which additionally included scooter rental (800 NTD) and my ferry tickets (400 NTD). Usually the Taiwanese means is to switch a deposit to verify your reserving, however as a result of I’m a foreigner and Taiwanese banks are an actual ache to switch cash to, they’re normally okay to obtain cost in money/card while you arrive.

The scooter they supplied was effectively maintained, they usually additionally helped me to rearrange my scuba diving session fairly final minute too, total I used to be very glad with their service.

Straightforward Keep is an effective guesthouse if you’d like a easy, no-frills place to relaxation after all of your exercise round Xiaoliuqiu. Not the fanciest if you’d like luxurious or views, however it has a handy location (FamilyMart proper reverse and the Baishawei port a couple of minutes away by scooter, or strolling should you actually wanted to) and good service.

Xiaoliuqiu Easy Stay Guesthouse Lounge
Lounge space on the primary stage of the guesthouse the rooms have been upstairs accessible by a door simply behind the pink wall
Xiaoliuqiu Easy Stay Guesthouse Snacks
Free snacks That is the well known braided biscuit that folks purchase from Xiaoliuqiu

Try Straightforward Keep on reserving.com [affiliate link]. You may as well contact them instantly by way of LINE @449rmucn to make a reserving and different preparations.

Different lodging choices I thought of:


Have you ever been to Xiaoliuqiu? Let me know if there’s something cool that I missed out on so I can hopefully see it in future! Within the meantime try among the different Taiwan offshore islands that I’ve visited:



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