Azure skies, white sand, local dances, bikini-clad beauties and colorful shirts with tropical prints ... these are key elements of any typical tropical holiday.
But you don’t have to endure a long flight to Hawaii, Bali or the Maldives to have such delights. Sanya, the southernmost city in Hainan Province, has all this and more to offer.
In “China’s Hawaii,” I enjoyed strolling in the sunshine on the beach, swimming amidst tropical fish, challenging myself with thrilling sea sports and tropical forest hiking, and experiencing local culture. It’s an ideal vacation destination for couples, family fun, wedding ceremonies and memorable photos.
The average temperature in Sanya is 25.4 degrees Celsius and there is a tropical monsoon climate. Yalong Bay, a major resort area, and other bays including Dadonghai, Sanya and Haitang bays, have colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life. They are popular spots for ocean sports and seafood feasts.
The great ocean views and relaxing environment also attract business travelers, including MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions), annual parties and team-building. Having hosted many domestic and international events, including the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, the 2011 BRICS summit and Miss World contests, Sanya seeks to promote its MICE business and create a more comfortable tourism and meeting environment. It also has attracted many international hotel chains, quality real estate development, and top food and beverage management.
Day 1 Snorkeling in sea
After hours plane ride to Sanya Phoenix International Airport, you are welcomed by salty breezes. It’s time for some thrilling sea sports.
Wuzhizhou Island, located off the coast of Hainan, is a great place for recreational sea sports such as riding on Jet Skis, parasailing, paragliding, snorkeling, scuba diving and riding in a glass-bottomed boat. The water in Wuzhizhou Island is so clear that you can see down as far as two dozen meters to look at well-preserved coral reefs and colorful tropical fish.
After a quick meal of grilled seafood with some funky tropical music, let’s go snorkeling. While scuba diving requires professional training and complicated equipment, snorkeling is easy. After the boat takes you to a good area, you’ll be given some training and put on a pair of swim goggles, a snorkel and a pair of flippers. You may bring a pair of protective gloves and wear surfing shoes to prevent injury from creatures with sharp bodies or stingers.