Enjoying international fame as the 'Oriental Hawaii', Sanya's weather is summery all year round, with an annual average temperature of 25 C (77 F). The warm weather remains throughout the winter months. Here the tropical climate blends with the clear, fresh air to create a vacationer's paradise where flowers remain in bloom throughout the year, regardless of the season!
The highest temperature usually appears in June when the average temperature can be as much as 28 C (82 F). There are occasional typhoons in summer from May to September. The best time to travel there is between November and April.
Introduction to Sanya Climate
Sanya is a good tourism resort in all weather and all year round. The temperature comes to its climax in June when an average temperature of 28 C (82 F), but it still feels rather cool in the mornings and evenings thanks to the ocean breezes. Even in the coldest February, the temperature still remains around 20 C (68 F).
The temperature averages at 20 C (68 F) in spring from March to mid-May, when a short-sleeved shirt and skirt or pants is enough at the day. However, be prepared to wear more in the early morning and at night, when the temperature cools.
There is an important traditional festival of the local Li and Miao minorities on the 3rd day of March in the lunar calendar, when ethnic songs and dances are performed.
Local summer, late May to mid-September, is a little hot and humid when the highest temperature can reach 36 C (97 F). A short-sleeved shirt and light skirt or pants are proper during this season. If you love to be in the ocean, it is strongly recommended that you bring several changes of clothes with you, because once your clothes are washed, they won't dry quickly due to the humid weather. Typhoons occasionally occur during this season, so also take rain wear with you.
In autumn (late September to early December), both the humidity and the temperature drops, and most of the days are sunny. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters are advisable wear during this season.
If you travel in November, you will encounter the national wedding celebration at Tianya Haijiao. On 9th of September in lunar calendar, Nanshan Leisure Cultural Tourism Festival is held in Sanya, which usually lasts for about a week.
Winter there from mid-December to late February is cool and comfortable, with no frost or snow. In spite of the cold winter in other places, here you can still wear your sandals and T-shirt, roaming the seaside under the enjoyable sunshine. For swimmers and divers, it is advisable to be in the ocean between 11:00-15:00, since the temperature of the sea is cooler during winter mornings and evenings.
Tips: Strong UV sun rays in this coastal city can be quite damaging at any time of the year, so please ensure you use sunscreen with high SPF and water-proofing properties, and bring with you sunglasses, a hat and an umbrella for keeping off both rain and sunshine. Mosquito repellant is also advisable.