Being surrounded by a vast body of water and some of the tallest and most rugged mountains in Taiwan, Hualien has then become an ideal location for many outdoor sports. Many hikers have dared to climb the tall mountains of the Central Mountain Range while scuba divers and snorkelers have explored the coral-rich and marine-abundant seas of the Hualien harbor. However, the one activity that combines the rugged mountain terrain and the intense power of the waters is white water rafting in Hualien.
Siouguluan River is 104 kilometers long and is the only river that flows through the coastal mountains of Hualien. The river has then become one of several rivers where white water rafting is practiced in Taiwan. Moreover, Siouguluan has proved to be one of the most popular white water rafting destinations, as it brings in about 100,000 participants in a year.
The entire trip is about 24 kilometers long and takes about four hours to complete, making it one of the longest rafting courses in the country. Trips include a stop at the middle of the course for a hearty lunch and a much needed rest to explore the great mountainous surroundings.
Although the river is not as difficult or dangerous as other white water rafting routes elsewhere, Siouguluan still provides a great amount of fun fit for rafters of all ages and skills of all levels. It then makes the river the perfect leisure activity for those who just want to try the daring outdoor sport. However, upsets do happen to some rafters that end up being soaked to the skin. Usually, the level of difficulty will depend on the amount of rainfall and the level of water along the river.
Despite not being as exciting and challenging as other rafting courses, what makes the Siouguluan River extra popular is the stunning landscape that borders the river. The entire route is framed by the gorgeous forest mountains of the Central Mountain Range along with vast rice paddies of many Taiwanese farmers and aboriginal cultures. It then makes it hard to focus your concentration on the river while being mesmerized by the spectacular scenery nature provides.
Participants are assured of proper safety precautions such as safety vests, helmets, paddles, rafts and experienced and professional white water rafting guides to lead the way. Rafters should expect to pass by about 20 torrents, narrow gorges, roaring bends and curves and plenty of shallow cliffs along the way.
Rafting is permitted all throughout the year but the best season to go rafting is from April to October. Rafters are advised to start early in the morning at around seven until noon. The Siouguluan River particularly draws a lot of attention during the month of June every year during the International White Water Rafting Race. This event has proved to become a popular event among local rafters and in different rafting communities from abroad.
For people looking for an exciting and unique experience, white water rafting in Hualien will surely leave an unforgettable travel experience as nothing beats flowing across the most famous rafting spot in Taiwan.