Volcanic action formed one of the most peaceful and smallest islands in Pacific Ocean – Green Island. This tiny island is also known as “Fire Island” or “Fire-Burned Island”. It is located 33 kilometers off the eastern coast of Taiwan on an area of 16,2 square kilometers. For everyone who wants to run away from the crowded land, traffic and pollution this is the perfect place to relax. Once you are surrounded with green mountains, coast and plush vegetation, you will enjoy the vacation. On the west side of the island is a small town with port and airstrip, while the rest of the island retains its natural beauty both on seaward and on the land.
Weather and tips
Tropical climate of the island provides vacation whenever you want, but the best time for visit are fall and spring. Winter is theirs the coldest period and temperature is about 20 ºC. While summer is the hottest period of the year and also, you can attend typhoon season.
The best way to visit the island is by renting a scooter. You must have a motorcycle license, no exceptions.
If you want to camp you can go next to the hot springs, in the elementary or middle school.
Be sure to visit salt water hot springs, there are only three in the world. On the Green Island is one of them, the others are in Japan and Italy.
If you like fish, crustacean species or shellfish you will love this place. Around the island lives more than 300 species of fish (abundant is reef fish). These tropical colorful fishes that are swimming around corals can give a wonderful view. One more thing that is going to amazed you, is that you can see coral flourishing under the waves. Be aware of sea snakes on the western side of the island. There live more than four species, they are very poisonous but with gentle nature.
There are many ways you can explore underwater world: with a glass-bottom boat, a semi-submersible, or tourist submarine. For strong water lover`s great way to become a part of an undersea world is diving. The most popular places for exploring underwater are Nanliao, Tapaisha and Chaikou.
Tests of the archaeologists have shown that on this island have been living native cultures from around 4,000 years ago.
The most beautiful landmark on “Fire Island” is Lyudao Lighthouse. It is high about 33 meters and great time to visit that place is before sunset. The most important sightseeing here is religious site at Guanyin Cave, Goddess of Mercy (wrapped in a red blanket). On the entrance into this cavern you will see remarkable Chinese arch and on the inside you will notice stalagmite that looks like deity. The first village on the island is still standing with houses from old stone surrounded with fascinating crags. The Great Wall exists on one more place, on a Haishengping Bay. Actually, it is a mini Great Wall that takes you to a lookout, right from the main road.
Sleep, Eat and Have Fun
Quiet but very friendly place with hotels and restaurants is Kungkuan Village. You can find more hotels, hostels, guesthouses and B&BS in Nanliao Village. There are also many restaurants with a plenty of fresh seafood. Green Island is not for bars, pubs and discos lover`s, but if you like drinking beer by the ocean you should definitely visit this place.
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