Dulan, a hidden gem in Taiwan
The Surf House is in a laid-back coastline village called Dulan (都蘭) originally a fishing and farming village with a large indigenous population. Over the years more and more Taiwanese and foreigners have made this little hidden gem their home, creating a vibrant and colorful community of surfers, artists, wood-workers, eco-farmers and other lost souls. On the weekends and holidays there are live music venues, handicrafts markets and a microbrewery selling their homemade beer. Everything the village has to offer is within walking distance (convenience stores, restaurants, bars, cafe’s, tea shops, atm, pharmacy, post office).
Taiwan is located between the Philippines and Japan, 100 miles off the coast of China and is roughly the same size as the Netherlands.
Due to Taiwan’s economic boom many people settled in the cities along the north and west coast, leaving behind a magnificient coastline in the east, still unspoiled and dotted mostly with small fishing and farming villages. Dulan is a village in Taitung county, located just 30 minutes north of Taitung city which has a train station and an airport, offering domestic flights.
There are numerous colorful temples to visit, bustling festivals to attend and huge variety of local foods for you to discover. Besides that there is stunning nature waiting for you – hiking trails, waterfalls, deep valleys and much more. It’s a lively mix embedded between beach and mountain, order and chaos worthwile to dive into.
One of the best things about Taiwan is undisputed the friendly, generous and helpful people living here. Even though outside of the big cities English is not widely spread, the Taiwanese are very interested in foreigners and you might end up chatting with random people on the street and be invited to snacks or even share a beer or two.
There are 2 international airports in Taiwan and you have several options to come to us. If you book the surf package we will pick you up from Taitung station or airport. If you come to us from a different place and need assistance give us a shout and we help you with buying tickets or hiring a van.
How to get to Taitung
By airplane: most international flights will land at Taoyuan airport (TPE). From there you have to transfer to Songshan (TSA) airport and grab the domestic flight to Taitung.
By train: From Taoyuan airport take the MRT to Taipei main station. At the main station change to the high-speed train platform and go to Taitung station (4h) (*since December 2018 the trains will not let boards over 150cm on the train, you will have to go to Songshan Station and ship it there, We recommend Flying if you are bringing a board)
By train: From the aiport take the MRT to Kaohsiung (KHH) main station (30min). The train takes about 2,5 hours to arrive in Taitung and stops quite frequently. It is a good occasion to see a beautiful part of Taiwan and already check the waves. (Same story on the boards) There are busses that will allow you to Bring your board however less frequent than the train (4 hours)
How to get to Dulan
From Taitung to Dulan
As mentioned we will pick you up from Taitung and give you a lift to Dulan.
Take public buses 8101, 8102, 8103, 8109, 8119 or 8120 (NTD 58), or the East Coast Line tour bus (NTD 82) from outside Taitung Train Station – ask the driver to drop you in Dulan, it is about a 30 minute ride.
A taxi ride cost you about 600 TWD – tell the driver to drop you at 7-11.
Surfboard on trains
Take a ride on a Taiwanese train is almost a great experience and almost a must do but it can be a problem to bring your surfboard with you. Officially you are not allowed to carry luggage that exceeds 150m in height. Most of the time the staff doesn’t care about short boards but it definitely will with a longer board. That’s why we suggest to fly to Taipei and take a domestic flight to Taitung or just travel light and rent a board from us!
Just a bit south of latitude 23°, Dulan has a tropical monsoon climate, a wet season from May to October, a dry season from November to April, and consistently very warm to hot temperatures. Pleasant 20° C in winter and an average of almost 25° C, make this place the perfect all year get a way destination. Read more on Wikipedia
Things to do besides surfing
Cycling, hiking, fishing, stand up paddling, river tracking, canoeing, snorkeling, sailing, skateboarding, rock jumping, yoga, learning Chinese, learning calligraphy, relax in hot springs, attend balloon festival, swim under waterfalls, diy pizza, stroll through nightmarkets, eat fresh sashimi in a harbour, visit nearby islands, watch dolphins or whales, enjoy local breakfast shops, eat indian, mexican, vietnamese, french, japanese, aboriginal, thai, italian foods, try homemade beers and meads, visit day markets, rice padding surfing, learn arrow bow shooting from aboriginals, feed monkeys, car beach-surfing, visit museums, …