High water marks at Sanya, the Riviera of Hainan
Sanya and Hainan are readying for the global regattas now making stops here-the most recent was the Volvo Ocean Race.
Along with its alluring waters for swimming, Sanya and Hainan are aiming to be famous for this new ocean culture, with yachts and sailboats moored at Hainan’s marinas.
As the South China Sea emerges as the third largest yachting destination after the Mediterannean and Caribbean, Sanya and Hainan are readying for the global regattas now making stops here-the most recent was the Volvo Ocean Race.
From 4-19 February, the stopover saw regatta racers have proper sailing shore leave, with good parties going late with seafood and copius amounts of wine. You could say they shook their sea legs dancing too.
The city is currently readying for the China, Asia, Mediterranean, and Caribbean yacht lover crowd to boat and jet in this April. Aboard the yachts, guests can also take special trips to private dive spots. Padi certified dive training and trips are easily booked at your resort for the existing in demand flotilla off private boats in Sanya Marina. In fact, during the Chinese New Year of the Dragon festivities, nearly all of Sanya’s private luxury boats were rented out for dive trips or private sea parties.
Today, Wanning, is part of the big wave of water sports that is defining the new tourist hinterland of Sanya in Hainan.
Like Phuket, diving trips and snorkel sessions are becoming de-rigueur at secluded spots throughout Hainan’s exciting and extended archipelago of islands in the South China Sea. Whether one is a beginner or old hand, diving trainers and experienced skippers are at the ready to whisk you and your party to the best secret locations to ply your eyes in the deep.
As with any proper boating trip, one can request fresh seafood to be prepared after diving or snorkeling. With the gear off and after a fresh shower, Sanya’s best chefs can cater succulent fish meals matched with the right wines. Thanks to the bevy of Russian VIP guests, Sanya’s caviar and champagne selections are maturing accordingly.
If the mood merits, ocean adventures can also include fishing trips with deck side chefs ready to barbecue fish cutlets or make sashimi.
Along with its alluring waters for swimming, Sanya and Hainan are aiming to be famous for this new ocean culture, with yachts and sailboats moored at Hainan’s marinas. Last year, the Hainan government announced that they would create at least 13 major marinas around the island.
Although the bigger swells die down after April, the waves here and clean beaches are ideal for beginners and families
The yachting and ocean sports community is taking notice. How many yachts will come here? Both Hong Kong and Singapore have some of the most active yachting clubs in Asia. Groups in both cities are looking to drop anchor not only in Sanya, but also at Hainan’s other emerging marinas.
Five years ago, Wanning was a sleepy little surf spot on the Southeast coast of Hainan-hidden from the big tournaments. Not now. Today, Wanning, is part of the big wave of water sports that is defining the new tourist hinterland of Sanya in Hainan.
Running from late October to mid to April, the one metre high waves that lap Wanning’s shores are now bringing world class surf competitions, with a Swatch Watch women’s tournament and a Quiksilver Surf meet in recent months.
Although the bigger swells die down after April, the waves here and clean beaches are ideal for beginners and families. There are even special surf shops in Sanya that can train up new wave riders, young and old alike.
Wanning is also now seeing some ultra-luxe hotels cropping up to cater to wave lovers from all over the world, from Bondi to Bali to Beijing.
After all, they know that the good life revolves around superb seafood, healthy swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and a bit of play in the surf. And they know that the secret is out, even in sleepy Wanning.
Dubbed the Riviera of Hainan, Sanya is at the centre of it
SOURCE: WOS Team