The illegal diving activity which was snapped at Sanya Bay
Sanya is one of the largest diving sites in China, enjoying over 10 meters of water visibility and befitting diving sports in all seasons due to its favorable tropical weather conditions. However, after going through several flourishing periods and recessions, Sanya’s diving industry remains in a chaotic situation.

Statistics show there are 13 registered diving enterprises in Sanya, which have a market share of just 55%. That means nearly half of the diving market is occupied by illegal diving operators.

Those unlicensed diving operators wander around some big tourism bays in Sanya, soliciting tourists with low prices. While registered diving companies charge each tourist around RMB 300, unlicensed diving operators usually charge RMB 100 or less.

Illegal diving companies not only put tourists in danger, but also cause great damage to the ocean’s resources, especially to coral, according to the Sanya Marine & Fishery Bureau.

The disorderly situation has aroused great concerns from the Sanya government as well as the tourism industry. They are mulling over a new regulation, which aims to crack down on illegal diving activities, protect ocean resources and provide tourists a safer and more beautiful sea world.

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