If you are looking for something exciting to do during your vacation in Sanya, you might consider scuba diving, an activity with lots of joys and even thrills. Diving allows you to explore underwater world, gaze at stunning coral reefs in crystal-clear water, and get up close to beautiful sea creatures.

Transparent water, high visibility, and amazing coral reefs at the bottom of the sea make Sanya one of the best places for diving and the most popular diving destination in China.

In recent years, the local government has introduced rules to regulate the diving sector in an effort to ensure the sustainable development of Sanya’s marine environment. Here are the six legal diving spots distributed across the city.

Legal places for diving and snorkeling in Sanya

Baifu Bay 百福湾


For the most impressive underwater scenery, Baifu Bay is a great choice. Located to the south of Sunny Bay, Baifu Bay is the most prominent destination with a variety of soft corals. Baifu Bay is home to a variety of beautiful marine life. Underwater visibility ranges from 18 to 30 meters, permitting divers to enjoy a plethora of spectacular scenes. The spot is far away from land, making it accessible by boat only.

Address: Located in the southwestern part of Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区西南部

Dadonghai Beach 大东海


Dadonghai is one of the best places to dive in Sanya. Underwater visibility is from 5 meters to 10 meters. In calm weather between May and September, you’re absolutely guaranteed to see schools of tropical fish, rays, sea turtles, giant clams, and colorful corals in dozens of different forms. The easy access and shallow water make it ideal for beginners.

Address: Dadonghai National Resort District, Yuya Road, Sanya 三亚市榆亚路大东海国家旅游度假区

Sunny Bay 太阳湾


Sunny Bay is located two miles from the estuary of Yalong Bay, and has a depth of 3 to 15 meters. During the period from April to June, divers are able to see spectacular fish migrations. Sunny Bay is a perfect site for divers of any level.

Address: Located in the southwestern part of Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区西南部

Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支洲岛



About 30 km due east of Sanya is Wuzhizhou Island. The west and north sides of this island are relatively flat with soft white sandy beaches. The sea water here is extremely clear with a maximum visibility of 27 meters, and is rich in colorful tropical fish.

The coral reefs, which are of different shapes in the seabed of the southern sea area, are well-preserved. This is a great place for diving.

Address: Wuzhizhou Island, Haitang District, Sanya 三亚市海棠区蜈支洲岛

West Island西岛


West Island is the largest of a series of small islands off Sanya. The island boasts crystal clear waters with a wide array of marine life and extensive coral reefs. Diving instructors are internationally (PADI) certified, and offer a full range of equipment for rent. Scuba excursions are available from shore or by boat.

Address: West Island, Xiaoqi Port, Sanya 三亚肖旗港西岛海洋文化旅游区

Yalong Bay Underwater World 亚龙湾海底世界


Lying within the Yalong Bay National Resort District, this 9 kilometer zone of protected coral reef offers the chance to see some of China’s finest marine life.

There are many activities available here, including reef diving, deep sea diving, seabed walking and semi-submersible sightseeing.

Address: Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区

In recent years, more and more diving centers and professional coaching teams have made the area extremely attractive to professional divers, while also allowing the opportunity for non-professional divers to experience the fantastic underwater world. Diving types here include snorkeling, boat diving, offshore diving, single submarine, and semi-submerged glass boat.

1. Dadonghai Bale Scuba Diving Center
Telephone: 0898-88675122
Website: www.bailedive.cn/
Address: Next to Resort Intime Sanya, Dadonghai Beach, Yuya Road, Sanya 三亚市榆亚路大东海银泰度假酒店旁

2. Dadonghai Global Diving Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Telephone: 0898-88210913
Address: Beach section of Pearl River Garden Hotel, Dadonghai, Sanya三亚市大东海旅游区珠江花园酒店前沙滩

3. Dadonghai International Diving Club
Telephone: 0898-88200989
Address: 1 Haima Lane, Liking Resort Sanya, Haiyun Road, Dadonghai, Sanya三亚大东海海韵路丽景海湾酒店旁海马巷1号

4. Sanya Diving Technical Training Center-Diving Best
Telephone: 0898-88355105
Website: www.sydiver.com/
Address: Debei Building, Jiyang District Government, Sanya 三亚市吉阳区政府旁德贝大楼

5. Sunny Bay Ocean Sports Development Co., Ltd
Telephone: 0898-68576637
Website: www.taiyangwan.net/
Address: 8 Sunny Bay Road, Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区太阳湾路8号

6. Diving Center at Wuzhizhu Island
Telephone: 0898-88751258
Website: www.wuzhizhou.com
Address: Wuzhizhou Island, Haitang District, Sanya 三亚市海棠区蜈支洲岛

7. Diving Center at West Island
Telephone: 0898-88910888
Website: www.syxidao.com/
Address: West Island, Xiaoqi Port, Sanya 三亚肖旗港西岛海洋文化旅游区

8. Diving Center at Yalong Bay Underwater World
Telephone: 0898-88565588
Address: Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区


9. China Dive
Telephone: 400-688-1877
Website: www.chinadiveschool.com/
Address: 1/F, Member Center, Serenity Marina Sanya, Luhuitou Peninsula, Sanya 三亚市鹿回头半山半岛帆船港会员中心一楼

10. Thetis Diving
Telephone: 0898-88810046
Website: www.thetisdiving.com/
Address: AQUA, InterContinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, Sanya 三亚市海棠湾天房洲际度假酒店海洋馆

11. Hainan Qian Li Diving Service Co., Ltd.
Telephone: 0898-88224880
Website: ql-dive.com/index.html
Address: 8-4 Haiyun Community, Haiyun Road, Dadonghai, Sanya 三亚市大东海海韵路海韵苑8-4号