Sanya is becoming more and more popular with scuba divers looking for something just a little bit different. With its good visibility, warm and colorful waters, abundant coral life and wide variety of colorful tropical fish, it pretty well has everything to offer.


The best diving centers are mainly located in the Wuzhizhou Islet, Boundary Islet, Yalong Bay and Dadonghai areas. The diving types include snorkeling, boat diving, offshore diving, single submarine, semi submerged glass boat, as well as others.


Best places for diving and snorkeling in Sanya:



1. Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支洲岛




About 30kms due west of Sanya is Wuzhizhou Island. 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 and is rich in nightlight snails, sea cucumber, lobsters, sierra fish, urchins, pomfret and colorful tropical fish.


The coral reefs, which are of different shapes in the seabed of the southern sea area, are well-preserved. This is a great place for diving.


2. West Island 西岛




Located within the Sanya Bay National Protection Zone, West Island is the largest of a series of small islands off Sanya.


West Island boasts crystal clear waters with a wide array of marine life and extensive coral reefs to explore. Diving instructors are internationally (PADI) certified, and offer a full range of equipment for rental. Scuba excursions are available from shore or by boat.


3. Boundary Island 分界洲岛



Located on the South East coast of Hainan not far from Shimei Bay, Boundary Island is one of the fastest growing destinations on the Island and offers a truly rewarding and unforgettable experience.


Boundary Island offers the opportunity to explore the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea with some amazing new friends. From animals in the area including dolphins and whale sharks to an extraordinary collection of tropical fish, Boundary Island has something to offer everyone.


4. Dadonghai 大东海




Dadonghai is one of the best places to try diving in Sanya. The water visibility is from 5 meters to 10 meters. In calm weather between May and September, you're absolutely guaranteed to see schools of tropical fish, rays, sea turtles, giant clams, and colorful corals in dozens of different forms. The easy access and shallow water make it ideal for beginners.


5. Yalong Bay 亚龙湾



There are two bays close to Yalong Bay for exciting dives: Baifu Bay and Sun Bay.


Sun Bay is a good place for drift diving. The strong current blows in the same direction along the beach in March and April. For the most impressive underwater scenery, Baifu Bay is a great choice. Located at the south of Sun Bay, Baifu Bay is the most prominent destination with a variety of soft corals.


You have to reach both bays with a speedboat from Yalong Bay, which takes about 10 minutes. The visibility of the water is usually 8-16 meters with a lot of red coral and beautiful tropical fish.