Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
Located 15 kilometers off the mainland, Xiao Liu Qiu is one of Taiwan's largest coral islands. Visitors flock to the island by ferry to snorkel, dive, swim and explore caves. Xiao Liu Qiu is one of the few places in Taiwan where you can spot green sea turtles. With a population of 13,000, the island is steeped in tradition, as evidenced by the 38 temples on the island. Travel to and around Xiao Liu Qiu is convenient. The high-speed ferry takes 20 minutes to reach the island, and renting a scooter is effortless on arrival. Given that the island is only 6.8 square kilometers, it's feasible to see the entirety of the island in one day. The island is filled with the quirky art that Taiwan is known for. While riding around one can see planned art venues next to caves, curious murals depicting the laws of physics, and abstract art installations made of shoes.
Xiao Liu Qiu is a protected coral preserve, meaning no commercial fishing is permitted. The pristine waters are filled with coral along the coast, perfect for snorkeling or touring with a glass-bottom boat. Black Dwarf Cave, located on the southwestern corner of the island, is a maze of lava rock formations. There's a walkway wide enough for one person to walk through at a time. Bring a flashlight to navigate this dark, damp, long, and narrow cave. Despite having a deep religious tradition, Xiao Liu Qiu is incredibly laid back. Inhabitants enjoy leisurely drives, sipping on coffee at cafes overlooking the harbor, or throwing back the island's own brand of beer, Captain Beer, at a small bar along the main road.
Post cover photo “Xiao Liuqiu Island” by Rutger van der Maar is licensed under CC By 2.0.