A weekend getaway is perfect during those overcast weather in Taipei. Xiao Liu Qiu, a small island located off the coast of Pingtung County. This is the only coral reef island of Taiwan.
From Taipei, you must travel to Kaohsiung via bus or high speed rail then head to the port, which is about 30 minutes from Kaohsiung. From the port to Xiao Liu Qiu's port takes about 20-30 minutes.
I suggest renting scooters to get around the island. The island is very small; we went around the island in an hour.
The island's all-you-can-eat bbq is a way to enjoy locals' company, drink beer, and maybe perhaps have enough courage to belt out a tune.
Of course, the island's beauty can't be missed. I haven't snorkeled with sea turtles as much as I did during my trip here. It was an exhilarating experience. Also, the picturesque vase rock is a must.
This was a perfect trip to soak up the sun and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.