||Small islands are usually importantly developmental areas of tourism, where the natural resources are abundant and characteristic. A fast growing tourism in an island can make a lot of impacts to natural habitats, especially from the land use of new accommodation buildings. Hsiao Liuqiu island (HLQ) has become one of the examples of fast tourism impacts in Taiwan in the last decade. So, this study focused on providing possible explanations how and what the impacts on land use made by fast growing tourism. Qualitative research methods, such as documental analysis, questionnaires survey, interviews, in situ observations and spatial analysis were used in the study.|
Comparing with four types of habitats, i.e., primary, secondary, farming and human-made, the analysis included three facets of explanations of the relationship between the accommodation fast growing and the impacts to habitats, i.e.,
(1) Development of the accommodation.
(2) Spatial distribution of the impacts from land use.
(3) Temporal distribution of the impacts from land use.
At the last, the results showed the natural habitats in HLQ island seems not to be impacted seriously after five years fast growing on numbers of the accommodations. This study also examined the institutional arrangement for managing the land use. From the interviews and questionnaires, the study concluded that institutional arrangement, including of formal land use regulations and informal norms had played an important role to prevent the impacts.