Rueisui Rafting Service Centre
Rueisui Rafting Service Centre information
Rafting trips (泛舟; fànzhōu ) can be arranged all year at the Rueisui Rafting Service Centre at the start of the rafting route. The standard fee includes transportation from and to Hualien, lunch, equipment and insurance. See the East Coast National Scenic website (www.eastcoast-nsa.gov.tw) for a list of companies.
The peak season is May to September. About 10 companies operate during this time, which means you can usually just show up in the morning and join a trip. Boats usually run between 7am and noon and take 3½ hours to complete the 24km-long route down the Xiuguluan (Hsiukuluan) River (Xiùgūluán Xī) from Ruisui to Dagangkou. For the most part, this is leisurely rafting, unless there has been a typhoon recently.
To get to the service centre on your own, head out from Ruisui train station and continue straight along Zhongshan Rd for about 4km. A taxi will cost around NT$120.