Located in central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is one of the only natural lakes in the country and arguably the most beautiful. Lalu Island divides the lake in two, with one part resembling a moon and the other the sun, giving it its name. The hiking trails and bike paths surrounding the lake are considered to be some of the most scenic on earth, and you’ll find bike rentals near the visitors center. If you want to get out on the water, you can either take a boat tour of the lake, stopping at many of the main temples, pagodas and aboriginal villages, or rent a rowboat to explore the waters at your own pace.

A recently installed aerial tramway, the longest and highest in Taiwan, carries visitors across the lake for a bird’s eye view of the area. To get a taste of the area’s ancient aboriginal cutlure, try to catch a performance at the Naruwan Theater or Culture Square.

More than six million people visit the lake each year, and if you want to avoid crowds of domestic tourists, plan your visit for midweek and avoid traveling to Sun Moon Lake during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

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5-Day Best of Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung and Taitung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

This 5-day Taiwan tour will take you around the whole island, opening your eyes to the country’s diverse, astounding beauty and culture. Visit Sun Moon Lake ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

From USD $581.90

4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Explore central and southern Taiwan and discover the beautiful countryside scenery on this 4-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably aboard an air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $482.99

3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli, Lukang and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Taiwan’s countryside and discover its beautiful scenery on this 3-day tour from Taipei. Sit comfortably on board an air-conditioned coach and hear ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $430.99

2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy the sights of Taiwan’s must-see destinations on this bus tour from Taipei. As you are comfortably seated inside a tour bus, listen to your guide’s ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $227.99

Private Tour: Sun Moon Lake Day Trip with Cruise and Bullet Train from Taipei

Enjoy a scenic day trip and motorboat cruise around the clear emerald waters of Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s largest body of water. Explore the region, including ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $349.99

Taipei Flexi Attractions Pass

Gain entry to Taipei’s top attractions with a Flexi Attractions Pass, and enjoy exclusive shopping and dining benefits — all for one low price! Choose from ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: Varies

From USD $41.99

Taipei Unlimited Attractions Pass

Choose from more than 35 of Taipei's top attractions for free entry plus additional benefits with your Unlimited Attractions Pass. Take a day tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: Varies

From USD $51.79

4-Day Taiwan Tour from Taipei: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park and Hualien

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy an amazing 4-day experience of Taiwan on this tour from Taipei. With your guide, visit beautiful Sun Moon Lake, see various monuments in Tainan and ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $582.99

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