When people think of Haitang Bay in Sanya, the first things that often come to mind are the Haitang Bay Duty-free Shopping Center, the high-end hotel cluster area and the beautiful beaches. Haitang Bay is located 28 km northeast of Sanya and is listed as one of the 5 major bays in Sanya, together with Yalong Bay, Dadonghai, Sanya Bay and Yazhou Bay.
After being positioned as a National Coastal area, Haitang Bay has had massive investment in recent years with many of the world’s major hotel chains setting up there. On September 1st, 2014, the world’s largest duty-free shop opened in Sanya’s Haitang Bay. Given the uniqueness of Hainan Island, it won’t be long until the rest of the world catches on to this relatively untouched destination.
Regional sightseeing hot-spots like Wuzhizhou Island, Nantian Hot Spring and Coconut Island are all great places to start your journey in Haitang Bay.
1. Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支洲岛
Known for its crystal-clear blue sea, colorful marine life and protected coral reefs, this popular tourist spot is regarded as China’s #1 diving destination. Tourists can also enjoy various water sports, including speed boating, surfing, gliding, sailing, fishing and many more.
A gorgeous natural landscape, combined with various tourist facilities and well-developed entertaining events on the island support visitors and provide a paradise destination that is just perfect for spending holidays.
2. Nantian Hotspring Resort 南田温泉
There are 60 springs of differing sizes in the resort area, each having its own particular medicinal effect. The water’s temperature remains at 56° Celsius year-round and contains multiple micro elements and radon, which is believed to have a curative effect on human health. The hot spring is regarded as the ‘No.1 Hot Spring in China’.
3. Coconut Island椰子洲岛
Located on the Tengqiao River Estuary close to Tufu Bay in Lingshui County, Coconut Island consists of 18 islets with a total area of over 3 square kilometers.
There are over 10,000 coconut trees on the island, from which the island takes its name. It is one of Hainan’s most pristine natural islands.
The island can be accessed by small boats, and the trip to and from the island is also a popular photo spot with a clear view of coconut island and a good place to look for tropical fish in the water below. Shade from the boat makes them easy to spot here.
The island is also a fun place to bring children to have a picnic, take incredible photos of the coconut trees and pick up coconuts. Its beauty is in its simplicity.
4. Haitang Bay Flower Garden凤凰花海
The Flower Garden features a variety of species, namely: hemerocallis, marigold, gomphrena globosa, lavender, and roselle, as well as other aromatic plants.
Flowers in full bloom can be seen between February and March. From perfect coreopsis to dazzling lavender, there is much to see here for visitors.
5. Haitang Bay Wanda International Cinema 海棠湾万达影城
It is the first IMAX cinema in Sanya and also the first movie theater established at the newly-formed high-end resort hotel cluster since it began trial operation in February 2011.
Covering a floor area of over 4,700 sqm, the cinema has 7 large-scale halls including 1 IMAX screen, 3 super-luxury halls, 2 special halls and 1 luxury VIP lounge which can accommodate up to nearly 1,000 people viewing their favorite movies.
Recommended short travel routes
While you’re staying in Haitang Bay, you can book trips from the hotel to these regional sightseeing hot-spots. The following 3 new short tour routes with unique features are designed to help visitors better explore the beauty of Haitang Bay, involving the tourist attractions mentioned above.
One-day quality tour route
Schedule: Haitang Bay Duty-free Shopping Center—Wuzhizhou Island
Two-day relaxing tour route:
1st Day Schedule: Haitang Bay Duty-free Shopping Center—Nantian Hotspring Resort—Sanya Wanda International Cinema
After having a fun shopping trip at the duty-free center, visitors can go to the Nantian Hot Spring, which is the picture-perfect place for a romantic escape, whether you’re looking for excitement in the outdoor pools or relaxation in the private rooms.
As night falls, the Haitang Bay Wanda International Cinema is a great place for couples to spend a romantic evening together.
2nd day schedule: Snorkeling and diving at Wuzhizhou Island—Coconut Island
3-day comprehensive tour route:
1st Day: Haitang Bay Duty-free Shopping Center—Nantian Hotspring Resort—Wanda International Cinema
2nd Day: Wuzhizhou Island—Coconut Island
3rd Day: Haitang Bay Flower Garden