I’ll keep this short. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lanyu (Orchid Island) and Green Island are fabulous! Getting to either involves nabbing a notoriously hard-to-get plane ticket (and they’re much harder to obtain for Lanyu than for Green Island) or putting up with an often rough boat ride. But its well, well worth it!
I fell in love with both islands on my first visit several years ago, and on return trips I’ve felt just the same. Avoid Green Island if at all possible on a weekend – there are too many people, and plan to visit either island during the shoulder season either side of the summer rush. For more tips and info, you’ll have to wait for my next book, which will be out towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, here are some photos from this trip to both islands (six wonderful days in mid June 2012). It wasn’t all plain sailing, so to speak; my camera got soaked on a hike before leaving for the islands and started playing up more than usual. Also the weather in Lanyu was a bit forbidding at times (which is why the photos came out better in Green Island, when the weather was marvellous). I also got too excited and skidded off my bike near Lovers Cave in Lanyu, scratching my right arm quite badly and had to get the grit picked out of it in the
local only hospital, but nothing can put a damper on these beautiful islands – Lanyu with its amazing aboriginal culture (sit down, and the old tribes people will come to you and talk) and Green Island with its fabulous cliff-rimmed bays and horrifying recent history. Just go!