After a trial voyage made by luxury cruise ship Coconut Princess from Sanya to the Xisha Islands to study the possibility of launching tours around the area this April, cruise tours to Sansha are expected to be launched in October.

According to Haikou tourism authority, planning is under way to estimate the islands’ capacity for handling tourists and draft regulations for protection of the islands’ environment

During the Hainan tourism promotion held in Xiamen, many travel agents expressed their interest for the upcoming tours, saying the islands could rival the Maldives or other tropical islands in terms of rates of tourism.

The local authority is pledging to create the best conditions possible for travel agencies and investors to begin services in the area, turning Xisha Islands into a tourism island in the near future.

In addition to its maritime biodiversity, Xisha Islands also possesses beautiful landscapes that need to be preserved and upheld. According to marine researchers, there are nearly 400 valuable species in Xisha Islands, including coral reefs, seaweed, crustaceans and saltwater fish.


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