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Sun Moon Lake Tours

Located in central Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is one of the only natural lakes in the country. It’s also the largest and arguably the most beautiful. Lalu Island divides the lake in two, with one part resembling a moon and the other a sun, hence its name. Natural beauty aside, the lake has an aboriginal history dating back thousands of years.

The Basics
Sun Moon Lake offers myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, making it a popular day trip from Taipei. A biking and hiking trail encircles the lake, while boat tours affords views of the many temples, pagodas, and aboriginal villages on its shores. The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway, the longest and highest aerial tramway in Taiwan, gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the area while transporting them across the lake. 

To get a taste of the area’s ancient aboriginal culture, catch a performance at the Naruwan Theater or Culture Square. Multi-day tours around Taiwan often stop at the lake, as well as Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, and Puli.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure travelers, and day-trippers.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the bright sun out on the water.
  • It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain jacket, particularly during the rainy season (May to September) in summer. 
  • Sun Moon Lake day trips from Taipei generally last upwards of nine hours. Multi-day tours range from two to five days.
  • Most guided tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Taipei.

How to Get There
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Sun Moon Lake is on a guided tour from Taipei. The nearest major train station to Sun Moon Lake is Taichung Station. To get to the lake independently, you’ll need to take a bus or taxi from Taipei, Taichung, Alishan, or Puli.

When to Get There
As one of the most popular day trips from Taipei, Sun Moon Lake gets very busy on weekends and national holidays. For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit on a weekday between September and April.

Attractions on Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake is the site of several notable attractions, many of them included on boat tours. Wenwu Temple, one of the largest temples in the area, sits on the northern bank of the lake and provides an excellent example of Chinese palace architecture. The 151-foot-tall (46-meter-tall) Chinese-style Ci-en Pagoda, build by Chiang Kai-shek, sits atop a hill just southwest of the lake. Those interested in aboriginal culture should visit Ita Thao to learn more about the Thao culture.

Tours & Tickets

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Sun Moon Lake and Nantou Cultural Experience with Wine and Tea Tasting, Taichung, null
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Sun Moon Lake and Nantou Cultural Experience with Wine and Tea Tasting

Join this relaxing full-day tour to Nantou and enjoy the gingerly picked must-go attractions along the famous Sun Moon Lake including the Wenwu Temple. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $399.00
Sun Moon Lake 1-Day Leisure Tour from Taipei, Taipei, Day Trips
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Sun Moon Lake 1-Day Leisure Tour from Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the central and southern of Taiwan, discover Taiwan’s diverse and breathtaking geography as you tour the island’s varied terrain and enjoy some of the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Private Tour: Sun Moon Lake Day Trip with Cruise and Bullet Train from Taipei, Taipei, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Sun Moon Lake Day Trip with Cruise and Bullet Train from Taipei

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

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

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

From USD $258.00
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Taipei, Private Sightseeing ... 
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5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 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 (approx.)

From USD $582.50
4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake, ... 
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4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 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 (approx.)

From USD $482.99
2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei, Taipei, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Lukang from Taipei

4 star rating: Recommended 25 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 (approx.)

From USD $227.99
Sun Moon Lake Full-day Bike Tour, Taichung, Multi-day Tours
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Sun Moon Lake Full-day Bike Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip in the heart of Taiwan, the Sun Moon Lake. Get escorted on this tour around the largest lake in Taiwan in a three to four hours of ...  Read more

Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $199.00
3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei, Taipei, Bike & ... 
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3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 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 (approx.)

From USD $431.25

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