About Us

Taiwan Adventure Outings

ABOUT US

 

 

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Taiwan Adventure Outings is a boutique travel consultancy and operator focused on destinations in Taiwan. We plan personalized trips to explore the beautiful and adventurous side of Formosa, all while strictly adhering to low impact, eco-friendly and responsible travel practices.

We are passionate about the adventures in Taiwan, and the adventurer within us all. We will show you the “must-sees” of Formosa as well as hand craft trips to your desire. We are keen about off the beaten path adventures, exploring gritty experiences, and love to design adventure packages for you. Check out our adventures here.


WHY TRAVEL WITH US

 

Responsible Tour Practices

 

Adhering to low impact travel across Taiwan, we tailor make adventurous tours to educate travelers and locals on the beauty, culture, history, and ecology of Taiwan. Our efforts are focused on promoting community based tourism initiatives and work with operators with like minded goals, promoting and conserving the culture and environment of Taiwan through small scale initiatives. We at TAO host free monthly “Clean Up” trips to involve the local community and to keep our beaches and forests garbage free.

 

Beach Clean Up TAO Taiwan

 

 

Custom Made Trips

 

We create custom itineraries for each client, from start to finish our travel experts will be available for guidance. We focus our efforts to create memorable adventures for private departures, smaller markets, and group trips. Whether you need inspiration, or know exactly what you want, we are here for you!

 

 

 

 

Adventure Club

 

Not only for travelers outside of Taiwan, our trips are inclusive of those who reside in Taiwan, and feel the need for adventure. For a yearly membership fee, Adventure Club members get discounts on all trips, exclusive trips including a yearly trip to the rain forests of Borneo, Malaysia, and other benefits. Have a look here!

 

Ruifang Jinguashi hiking Taiwan Teapot Mountain


LEAVE NO TRACE

 

The “Leave No Trace” program originated in the United States, and has been adopted by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau. We strictly follow the Leave No Trace program, as we strongly believe in the importance of the seven major principles. The aim is to make people aware of our collective responsibility to take care of our natural environment through the minimizing of harmful behaviors, helping everyone have a better mountain experience.

“To sustain healthy, vibrant natural lands for all people to enjoy, now and into the future.”

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org


 THE TEAM

 

Ryan Hevern – Co-Founder / Director

 

 

 

Growing up in Northern California, adventure and a love for the outdoors was always the way. Mountain biking, hiking and camping since a small child had paved the way for me to take the next leap into the unknown – traveling the world, mostly South East Asia, and ultimately becoming a jungle guide in the deep rainforest of Borneo Malaysia.

Experiences guiding for Nat Geo Adventures, coupled with countless memorable moments with wildlife, from dangerous to unimaginably gorgeous in the jungle, and the opportunity to connect my love of the outdoors with clients from all around the world I found my passion.

A move to Taiwan opened my eyes to a whole new world of adventure, and a real way to create a positive impact through tourism, adventure, and responsible practices. I work to empower the local communities through connecting travelers to small scale tourism initiatives in Taiwan, while helping each traveler finding the adventurer within!

 


 

 

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Dustin Craft – Co-Founder / Director

 

 

 

I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where I learned about my passion for rock climbing, camping, mountain biking and water sports. For me, adventure was always just a few minutes away.

Unable to contain my curiosity for new adventures, I invested heavily in my university’s Outdoor Adventures program where I learned about caving and took a semester-long backpacking course in Wilmington, North Carolina.

My fondest memories were of rock climbing and mountain biking with my friends. Rock climbing was simultaneously exhilarating and liberating. It was a getaway from my dull banking job, helped me focus, and deepened the bond between my friends and I. Mountain biking was the fast-paced, dangerous  fix that I needed whenever I really wanted to feel alive. Whatever changes I had going on in my life, the one consistency was my love for the outdoors.

I could tell that my post-graduate life was lacking the daily dose of adrenaline I needed, so I packed my bags and began traveling the world. I helped rebuild villages in Guatemala, went motorbiking through Vietnam, explored ice caves in Slovakia, saw the pyramids of Giza, and ended up here in Taiwan, which is where I now call home.