Marine Transportation plays an important role in the transport of Hainan because of its highly developed sea route system. The whole province boasts 68 natural bays, among which 24 are used as harbors. Haikou and Sanya are connected to 24 countries and regions in the world by sea routes, so it is convenient for tourists to travel to Hainan from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and abroad.
As a seashore city, Haikou Mainly depends on a few sea routes and ferry connecting with the mainland before the establishment of Hainan Province, which made it inconvenient to get out and in of the city to the mainland and to other place in the island. However, after1988 the communication conditions changed completely resulting in a fast and efficient transportation network by sea, on land and by air.
Since most part is enclosed by the sea, Haikou has many harbors along the coast forming a network of waterway in transportation of passengers and goods. Ports in Haikou are Xiuying Port (秀英港), Xingang Port (新港). Passenger ships in of these ports navigate to Haian, Xuwen, Zhanjiang, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, towns and cities of Guangdong, and to Beihai in Guangxi. Princess Minghui, the luxurious ocean liner and Lion Star, the largest ocean liner in Asia travel regularly to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and the countries in South-East Asia. The annual number of passenger is more than 4 million. 
Ferries are dependant on weather conditions. If you plan to travel during the rainy/typhoon season from June to Oct. we suggest that you don’t choose the ferry for transport. You will get a confirmed answer maybe just one week in advance whether there is a typhoon active in the area.
Normally reservation is not required as the ferry has plenty of seats and rooms available all the time. More people decide to fly from Guangzhou to Haikou or Sanya within one hour rather than taking the ferry.
Major Passenger Ports and Ticket Offices
1). Haikou Ticket Office of Xiuying Port (秀英港客运站海口售票点)
Add: No. 7, Haifu Road, Haikou 海口市海府路7
Tel:  0898-65351557
2).Ticket Centre of Haikou Port Xiuying Dock  (秀英港售票中心)
Add: No. 102, Binhai Road, Haikou 
Tel: 0898-68653315
3). Passenger Station, Xingang Dock   (海口新港客运站)
Add: 500 meters north to Xingang Overpass, Binhai Road, Haikou 
Tel: 0898-66210596
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