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Cruises to Hualien

Hualien (Photo:NAYUKI/Shutterstock)
Hualien (Photo:NAYUKI/Shutterstock)

About Hualien

The port of Hualien, set on the Pacific Ocean midway down Taiwan's mountainous east coast, is the gateway to Taroko National Park. The scenic park is renowned for its breathtaking Taroko Gorge, a 12-mile long, steep marble-walled canyon. This is the place to get back to nature and away from the country's sprawling cities.

A number of restaurants in the Hualien area are known for their aboriginal cuisine, making this a top port for adventurous eaters. You can get your culture fix along with a tasty lunch at rustic, open-air restaurants run by Taiwan's indigenous tribes. The dishes, served family style for sharing, include bamboo rice (rice steamed and served inside a stalk of bamboo), fried pumpkin, roast boar, smoked chicken, local carp and super fresh wild veggies.

The city of Hualien itself is the world's second largest exporter of marble (the first being in Italy). Look out for sidewalks paved with the pale gray to white stone.

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DAY 1: Singapore

19 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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DAY 1: Hong Kong

11 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Hong Kong
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Manila, Hualien ...
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DAY 1: Melbourne

39 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Melbourne
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DAY 1: Hong Kong

20 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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16 Night
Cruise to Hualien

Leaving:
Yokohama
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Okinawa, Ishigaki Island ...
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Cunard Line
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28 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Singapore
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Phu My, Nha Trang ...
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37 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Sydney
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Brisbane, Cairns ...
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35 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Brisbane
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Cairns, Alotau ...
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18 Night
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Beppu, Pusan ...
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9 Night
Cruise to Hualien

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Why go to Hualien?

Pros:

Hualien provides access to the beautiful Taroko National Park and its 12-mile-long gorge

Cons:

English isn't very widely spoken, so be sure to brush up on your Mandarin or have Google Translate ready

Bottom Line:

This town offers an authentic look into the region's landscape and culture

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD or NT$). For current currency conversion rates, check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. ATMs are commonly found at banks and 7-Eleven shops.

Language?

Mandarin Chinese is the main language. The younger the person, the more likely he or she is to speak at least some English.


Hualien Cruise Reviews

Celebrity Millennium
midscouple
Sail Date: Mar 2018
Ship excursion to Taroko Gorge which was immense. Extremely informative Swiss tour guide who spoke great English. VIews in the gorge were amazing. THe stop at some massive pottery place on the return could have been... Read More
Celebrity Millennium
vanvleckeren
Sail Date: Mar 2018
I did the Taroko Gorge tour. The gorge was beautiful though I was expecting more of a hike through the park rather than a bus tour with a few photo stops.... Read More
TTLam
Sail Date: Mar 2017
Taroko National Park: Bulowan, Swallow's Grotto, Eternal Spring Shrine Took taxi (~$8 USD) from Port to the main public Bus Station. This public shuttle bus runs all the way to Tiansiang and you can get off and... Read More
ptoca
Sail Date: Mar 2017
Don't let the drab port fool you! The small city is just a few miles away. Great shopping, check out any festivals when you're in port if there are any!... Read More
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