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Taiwan Adventure Outings

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TAO is the #1 way to go on incredible adventures while simultaneously giving back to the local community! We are a low-impact, environmentally conscious adventure company in Taiwan

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The origins of TAO

Back in November of 2015, my friend Ryan Hevern and I put together a hobby group for people to experience adventures throughout Taiwan. Our group started with close friends, but quickly expanded to people from all around the globe. The overwhelming amount of interest we got from these people made us realize that our group had true potential to become something great.

It was because of this that Taiwan Adventure Outings was born. T.A.O. was a perfect acroym that was fun to say and reflected our thoughts about what a tour company should represent. In Chinese, Taoism is a philosophy that teaches two things: simplicity and harmony with nature. Our excursions take people on simple and intimate, yet meaningful multi-day adventures across mountains, through rivers, and into the ocean, all while teaching low-impact and environmentally friendly practices.

Each month, TAO brings the local and international communities of Taiwan together through our beach and mountain cleanups. These cleanups are not only meant to bring awareness, but also to educate others on how to responsibly dispose of waste and keep the surrounding community clean.

We hope through TAO, travelers will be exposed to Taiwan's beauty, culture and adventures as well as providing opportunities to contribute towards maintaining these beautiful locations.

In the works

Currently, we offer a series of multi-day itineraries ranging from aboriginal homestays, to coastal paddleboarding and snorkeling tours, to wildlife night hikes, rock climbing trips, high mountain climbs, camping trips, birding excursions, and so much more! We are currently working on bigger and better itineraries for our guests, but without a reliable mode of transportation, these will never be more than pipe dreams.

Our vision

Taiwan's main method of tourism currently consists of large-scale trips, where groups of people are sheparded from place to place. This generally has a massive effect on the local environment and wildlife. We would like to show that it is possible to have successful, profitable trips without the threat of damaging our natural environment. Whether our trips take us to the sea, sky, or anything in-between, we have a consistent purpose: education and preservation.

What we've witnessed

Throughout our years in Taiwan, we have seen many shocking and disparaging things happen to the landscape and it's inhabitants due to pollution and negligent pactices. We have dug up mounds of buried trash on beaches, witnessed dying wildlife, seen entire forests littered with "celebratory" lanterns, and once pristine locations turn into the equivalent of a landfill. Your contribution whether large or small will not only bring awareness to these issues but will be a catalyst in helping restore those locations within Taiwan.

What we need

A 12 person passenger van would allow us to safely and comfortably take our guests to the mountains, beaches, and forests throughout Taiwan. Major companies within Taiwan use large 40-person tour buses to commute thousands of travelers daily. A 12 passenger van would make traveling more eco-friendly and accessible.

 

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TAO-Be Adventurous

TAO-Be Adventurous

Paragliding over Wanli Beach.

Paragliding over Wanli Beach.

Camping by the shore in northern Taiwan.

Camping by the shore in northern Taiwan.

Beautiful scenic hikes just minutes outside of the capital city!

Beautiful scenic hikes just minutes outside of the capital city!

River tracing in East Taiwan.

River tracing in East Taiwan.

High mountain climbs

High mountain climbs

Results from one of our many cleanups!

Results from one of our many cleanups!

Our article featured in Centered on Taipei Magazine

Our article featured in Centered on Taipei Magazine

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Dustin Craft
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About

From traveling across the world, I’ve consistently encountered one resounding theme in my life “The more we venture into the unknown, the more we find ourselves”. This became most obvious to me after moving to Taiwan and starting TAO .

TAO has become an incredibly humbling opportunity for me to host exciting trips for people around the world while also giving back to the local communities.

Company
TAO
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Taipei, Taiwan
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About

From traveling across the world, I’ve consistently encountered one resounding theme in my life “The more we venture into the unknown, the more we find ourselves”. This became most obvious to me after moving to Taiwan and starting TAO .

TAO has become an incredibly humbling opportunity for me to host exciting trips for people around the world while also giving back to the local communities.

Team Members

Ryan Hevern

Co Founder

I have nearly 10 years working in travel, including guiding and living in the Borneo Rainforest, and stint with Nat Geo Adventure. Creating TAO is a real way to make a positive impact through tourism.


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