Green Island (“Lyudao”) is a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, about 33 km (20.5 miles) off the eastern coast of Taiwan.
In the 19th century it was known as Samasana Island, and the Japanese called it Kasho-to (火燒島). Administratively, Green Island is part of Lutao Hsiang (綠島鄉), a township of Taitung County and one of the county's two offshore areas (the other is Orchid Island, or “Lanyu”). Green Island is the ROC's fourth-largest island, and is accessible from Taitung City by airplane in 8 to 12 minutes.
There are also ferries to the island capable of carrying over 250 passengers. Green Island has become a popular local scuba-diving destination for both locals and expats residing in Taiwan. I have been to the Green Island countless times and “TORO” is indisputably the most beautiful spot on the island. The area is thoroughly unique, with mountains in the front and the ocean behind it; it is a destination in itself.
I fell in love with the seemingly endless
crystal clear ocean water; the landscape
that is transformed constantly by the changing
tides and the natural volcanic lava;
and the breathtaking, pure white sand
beach that lies between the snorkeling
area on the right side and the Green
Island Lighthouse painted in white on
Day after day, the sun rises from the nearby “NuTo Mountain” and then gently sets down next to the airport. The view is an astonishingly beautiful and ever-changing masterpiece that appears right in front of our eyes. I am very fortunate to have been able to purchase this extraordinary property and realize a dream that I have had for many years: A vacation villa of my own on my favorite island, to enjoy my retirement. Well, the dream has come true.
“TORO” was just going to be a little private cottage of my own for my retirement, but another idea came. Why not share this with others who also have a passion for the ocean, by creating an oceanfront B&B Villa? I am certain that there is no other spot on this island that is as magical as this. It is not surrounded by busy commercial traffic, noisy crowds, or loud motorcycles speeding through. This is where you want to come to wind down, clear your minds, immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings and get away from reality. Come to explore the spirit of Green Island and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime island getaway in an unforgettable setting.