Shalawan Waterfall is one of southern Taiwan’s perennial waterfalls. More importantly Shalawan is just one of many big waterfalls in the valley. A side stream cascades several hundred meters down the cliff in multiple drops. It also might be possible to river trace upstream to Deer Creek Waterfall before the May rains come. It is a 160 meter drop on the same creek as the pictured Shalawan Waterfall. For culuture lovers there is a well maintained slate village near Shalawan Waterfall. This is a pretty awesome area to explore and Shalawan Waterfall is just one of the sights.
Rating and length – easy – 4 km roundtrip – 1.5-2 hrs
Accessibility – a poor road that is driveable in a car – the final part of the hike to the waterfall pool requires a short roped section
Estimated height – 60-70 meters
How to get there – Shalawan Waterfall is located past Majia. First go to Sandimen on Hwy 24. Once in Sandimen follow the signs to the Taiwan Aboriginal Museum. Don’t enter the museum parking lot but stay to the right on Pingtung County Rd 35. This is a small mountain road with many twists and turns but it takes you to Majia. Stay on the main road until you come to a 3 forked interesection in Majia. The right fork takes you to the Zhenlishan trail. The left fork takes to the aboriginal village and Shalawan. Follow this road for about 9 kms to the aboriginal village where the roads appears to end. There is a large village with many well maintained slate houses below the road. Turn left and go down the hill about 1km until you see a small parking area. All vehicles needs to stop at the white bridge and park there.
The hike – It will take about 30-40 minutes to walk down to the waterfall and it’s a little further to get to the stream. The trail goes to the top of the waterfall. You will need to watch for a small trail (not obvious) that is steep. There are ropes in some sections but it is a bit of a rocky scramble.
Seasonality – year round
Nearby Waterfalls – Shiwang Waterfall
GPS data – parking – N22.664853 E120.715069 – waterfall – N22.658163 E120.721840
Date visited – 3/15/2015 – 12/26/2015 – 11/20/2016