Sanya Bay, along with the Yalong Bay
, is an ideal place for vacationing and leisure in Sanya Hainan. The bay is surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery and a never-ending view of the sea. The crystal clear blue sea stretches to the edge of the sky, while the waves lap the soft white sand.
Lying to the west of the city center, it boasts the longest coastline, stretching as long as 14 miles (about 20 kilometers). The bay can be divided into three parts, the eastern part is the Sightseeing Zone with the long Coconut Dream Corridor, the middle part is the Outdoor Bathing Zone, and the western part is the Leisure and Pleasure Zone with a variety of hotels. With convenient transport, long coastline, and stunning sunset scenery, Sanya Bay leaves visitors with beautiful memories.
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|Play card in coconut grove |
Coconut Dream Corridor
This attraction is a seaside road encircling Sanya Bay, measuring 14 miles (20km) long. On both sides of the road coconut trees sway in the breeze, and in the distance you will find the vast sea. Strolling along the road, one will feel as if he were in a dreamland; therefore, it is given the name "Coconut Dream Corridor".
It would certainly be a pity to tour around Sanya without paying a visit to this corridor. You can rent a motorcycle or bicycle to go for a drive. As you pass along the road, you can see the greenbelt on the southern sides as wide as 90 yards (80 meters), like a tropical plant viewing garden. Here you can find some regional and valuable tropical plants, such as cycad, palm, Madagascar palm and oil palm. On the northern side stand blocks of villas and hotels.
What to Do
As Sanya Bay is not far from downtown, a good choice is to wander along it after supper to feel the soft sea breeze and warm sea water. You can see the fishermen trawling and hear their work songs resounding in the evening air. If you want to taste the real life of the fishermen, you can join them, but remember, trawling is not an easy job. The net is about 110 yards (100 meters) long and it takes nearly two or three hours to tow it up to the bank. In Sanya, this scene can only be seen in Sanya Bay as fishing has been forbidden in Dadonghai and Yalong Bay.
Enjoying the most beautiful sunset in Sanya Bay is a romantic and delightful thing. On a fine day, the entire sky is alight with rosy glowing clouds. Strolling on the beach, one will feel a peaceful and pleasant sense of well-being. Sanya Bay is especially favored by young couples, so it is also called "Lovers' Bay". With the backdrop of the Phoenix Islet and magnificent buildings, Sanya Bay provides visitors a great opportunity to take fantastic pictures.
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|Sea beach at nightfall |
Nor far from Coconut Dream Corridor is Chunyuan Seafood Square, a large seafood market with over fifty stalls. It is similar to The No. 1 Seafood Market near Dadonghai, but a difference is that seafood processing restaurants are right there in the market, so it is more convenient to buy fresh seafood and then have it processed on the spot. Now, get ready to have a hearty meal after a day's travelling.
Why Choose Sanya Bay
Although the sand and seawater of Sanya Bay is not as good as the Yalong Bay and Dadonghai, it still attracts millions of visitors with its unbeatable advantages. Firstly, with such a long bay, visitors can spread out and get active should they desire. What's more, swimming in Sanya Bay is safer as the sea is calmer. Secondly, one can experience local life there and view the most beautiful sunset. Thirdly, it is convenient to reach from the downtown area, Phoenix International Airport
, Coach Station, Sanya Railway Station
, and other attractions such as Tianya Haijiao
and Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone
. Last but not least, eating and accommodation costs are lower compared with that in the other two bays, especially the Yalong Bay.
How to get there
Generally, visitors can take bus no. 6, 8, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 or 57 to Guoguang Binhai Huayuan Station or Sanya Dujiacun Station.
From Phoenix Airport: Take bus 8 or 27 and get off at Guoguang Binhai Huayuan Station.
From Dadonghai: Take bus no.8, 25 or 26 and get off at Guoguang Binhai Huayuan Station.
From Yalong Bay: Take bus no. 25 or 27 and get off at Guoguang Binhai Huayuan Station. Sightseeing bus (30 minutes once) in Yalong Bay can take you there in 50 minutes.
|Admission Fee ||Free |
|Opening Hours ||All day long |
|Best Time to Visit ||October to the next March |
Across the sea, you will see two adjacent islands: Western Hawksbill Island and Eastern Hawksbill Island, commonly known as Western Island and Eastern Island. The Eastern Island is a restricted military island while the Western Island is open to the public. If you are interested in angling, Western Island is a good choice as it has the biggest and best angling club in Sanya. There are many fish all but guaranteeing a successful day. The island is famous for its limpid sea water and various benthoses. Moreover, on Western Island, one can view the beautiful scenery of both the sunrise and the sunset.