Whether in search of strangers dancing in the sand or peace and quiet with a book in hand, you can find both on the islands in and around Sanya.


With diverse islands gifted with spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets, superb hospitality, state of the art infrastructure and world class hotels and resorts, Sanya is the perfect destination for people who prefer to be surrounded by water.


Here’s a list of the most popular islands in and around Sanya to help you choose which is best for your dream vacation.


Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支洲岛—A weekender paradise



Wuzhizhou Island is extremely developed and attracts a mix of weekenders, locals, and tourists from the city.

Wuzhizhou is a playground for holidaymakers. On the land, there are many places of interest to explore including Sunrise Rock, the ideal spot from which to observe the sunrise on the island. For those interested in spending some extended time underwater, the dive centre on the island offers beginner and advanced dives. Other water sports available are surfing, gliding, sailing and canoeing.


Transportation: Take Bus No.28 to get off at the dock of Wuzhizhou Island. The buses depart every 30 minutes and the whole journey takes about one hour.


West Island 西岛—Enjoy nature with island traditions



Home to fishing tribes for generations, its idyllic surroundings of sandy beaches, rocky coves, and an interior filled with palm trees offers every kind of diversion for those with an active lifestyle.


Take a break in the shade of the coconut trees, enjoy the tropical breeze, and savor the freshest of seafood at one of the island’s restaurants. West Island has something for everyone.


Transportation: 1. Free shuttle bus route: Summer Mall in Dadonghai (8:30am) – Golden Phoenix Hotel in Haiyue Square of Sanya Bay (9:00am) — Sanya Bay hotels (9:00am-9:20am) — Xiaoqi Port (9:30am); 2. Bus No.16, 24 or 25


Niuwang Island 牛王岛—Enjoy the island’s primitive beauty



Particularly close to West Island but far quieter and less developed, this small island is a favorite of nearly all who come to immerse themselves in the island’s primitive beauty, including rainforests and beaches.


Phoenix Island 凤凰岛—The man-made wonder



The island, which is located in the center of the Sunshine Coast Resort, is an artificial island built on the reefs.

The development projects of Phoenix Island include a super-star hotel, the International Regimen Resort Center, a villa-style business club, the Marine Style Commercial Street, the International Yacht Club, the Olympic Square and the Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal.


Transportation: Bus No. 9 or 19


Nanwan Monkey Island 南湾猴岛—Get ready for some monkey business



If you get bored with Sanya’s sand beaches and water sports, the Nanwan Monkey Island is a special primate preserve for you to explore Sanya’s wild natural side.


The preserve’s several thousand monkeys roam free over a manicured park setting with lawns, paths, coconut trees and small ponds. There is also a small are that holds a monkey circus show, which tends to be a winner with the kids.


Boundary Island分界洲岛—An abundance of tropical plant and ocean life



Boundary Island is an important destination for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts, who come to the island to view the coral reefs and the ocean life, including manta rays and whale sharks. There is also an abundance of tropical plant life, including the remnants of the ancient rainforests.


Grand Island 大洲岛—China’s only production base for Dazhou bird’s nests



Grand Island, also called Bird’s Nest Island, covers an area of 4.3 square kilometers, and is the largest island off the coast of Hainan.


It is also the exclusive home of China’s unique Jinsi Swallow. The well-known Dazhou bird’s nests are produced by the Swallow’s on this island.


Grand Island is also a popular sightseeing location, which is divided into southern mountain and northern mountain with a 500-meter long beach in-between. The island is one of the national ocean natural protection regions, and is surrounded by crystal clear water teeming with wonderful marine life.