Sanya, one of world’s best places to go scuba diving
For the water lover, and for those who want to stay wet, Sanya is the best place, the scuba divers’ heaven due to its clear water and warm climate. It harbors extensive coral reefs and abundant marine life.
Sanya is becoming more and more popular with scuba divers looking for something just a little bit different. With its good visibility, warm and colourful waters, abundant coral life and wide variety of colourful tropical fish, it pretty well has everything to offer.
Baifu Bay & Sun Bay are the best diving sites. You have to reach both with a speedboat from Yalong Bay. It takes about 10 min. The visibilitiy of the water is up to 8-16 meters with a lot of red coral and beautiful tropical fish.
They say that scuba diving at Yalong Bay and Dadonghai is as good as the diving in Bali, Indonesia or Thailand… although some reports say that Yalong is very expensive and all reports mention that language is a barrier.
Almost the entire peninsula is surrounded by coral reefs which come under the Hainan Sanya Natural Coral Reef Nature Reserve. The reserve also includes two other coral reef areas: Yalong Bay, a few miles East of Sanya; and, directly West of Sanya, Xi Mao and Dong Mao Islands, in Sanya Bay.
About 30kms due west of Sanya is the island of Wuzhizhou. The west and north side of this island is relatively flat with soft white sandy beaches. The sea water there is extremely clear with a maximum visible depth of 27 meters (90 ft)and is rich in nightlight snails, sea cucumber, lobsters, sierra fish, urchins, pomfret and colorful tropical fish. The coral reefs, which are fantastic and of different shapes in the seabed of the southern sea area, are well-preserved. This is a great place for diving.
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