Xiao Liu Qiu is a small island located off the coast of Kaohsiung City. It is a fun trip for those who want to leave the city and enjoy the outdoors or for those who like to be out of the touristic routes and just relax enjoying the view of the sea! It is a quiet site with many beautiful landscapes; a great option for those seeking to escape from the hectic city life or who is looking for a place to enjoy the nature, to see the stars and take a break from the daily troubles!
Originally known as Samagi, Xiao Liu Qiu, the island had been in the possession of other countries, such as the Dutch, during colonization. Nowadays, people live there and have businesses such as B&Bs, scooter rentals, restaurants, snorkeling and diving shops.
How to reach Xiaoliuqiu:
You can reach the island by ferry which leaves from Dong Gang which is about 30 minutes by car south of Kaohsiung City. Dong Gang can also be reached by public transportation from Kaohsiung Main Station (it will take around 1 hour) and with a little walk from the bus station to the port.
Ferries to XiaoLiuQiu:
Only depart from Donggang Ferry Harbour and there are two ferry companies, Liuqui Township Ferries and Dongliu Line Ferries. A return ticket will cost 400 TWD. The last ferry usually departs at 5.30 PM, so be sure to arrive early if you are only there for a day.
where to sleep:
Book your room in advance! Although there are tons of B&Bs, guesthouses, and hostels on XiaoLiuqiu Island, it’s quite common for all the rooms to be booked on weekends and holidays.
Prices can be different from high and low season, week and weekdays as well as special holidays.
Please do contact us to get a quotation.
BUDGET: TWD 2.000 - 2.500 per room
COMFORT: TWD 2.500 - 5.000 per room
- Fish Villa
- Secret Path
- Outline Hotel
- South Pacific
- Siao Hai Zhi
- Nature’s Homestay
- Duo Mao Mao Sea View Homestay
- Xiaoliuqiu 1302 Seaview Holiday Homestay
DIFFERENT KIND ...
SHOW BOX Liquiu B&B
The converted container house in Xiaoliuqiu is definitely a wonderful piece, and the BOX Ice Show Ryukyu B&B is probably the most popular recently.
Price starts from TWD 3.500 per room per night.
Rent a scooter or a gogoro
The best way to explore the island is to rent a scooters. Both fuel powered and electric scooters are available to rent for the day. They cost about 350 TWD. If instead you care about the environment and would like to rent a Gogoro, price per day will be TWD 500 – 600. Ask us more info if you wanna book it in advance!
Facts about xiaoLiuQiu:
-The name Liuqiu Islet was first used during the Ming Dynasty; it was occasionally also known as Golden Lion Island, a calque of its old Dutch name Gouden Leeuwseylant.
-Total land area: 6.8 square km;
-Population: around 13,000 people, with a total of 8 villages on the island;
– Distance from Taiwan mainland around 15 kilometers ;
-There are no rivers on the island;
-The island has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year round;
-There are 80 temples on the island;
-One of the only places in Taiwan where you can spot green sea turtle;
-Home to approximately 176 species of fish and numerous coral species.
-Although Liuqiu Airport once had passenger service with direct flights between Kaohsiung international airport and the island, it is now only used only for helicopters.