Marine tourism in Sanya is growing at a fast pace as this segment of the tourist industry begins to boom in China.
Sanya has the unique advantage of being a world-class marine tourism destination with a total maritime area of 6,000 square kilometers, a total coastline of 209.1 km and 19 various sizes of bays, boasting a tropical maritime climate, fantastic air quality, and rich marine tourist resources as well as the Dan People and Li & Miao minority cultural resources.
A large number of domestic and international brand coastal tourist resorts have been built in Sanya and various marine tourism products including surfing, diving, hot-spring spas, golfing and yachting have been widely developed in the city.
Meanwhile, in recent years, Sanya has hosted the most international sailing regattas in all of Asia, including the Volvo Ocean Race, the Round Hainan Island International Regatta and the Hong Kong-Sanya International Sailing Competition
As a major coastal city in China, Sanya has attached great importance to its marine tourism industry.
The construction of the Sanya Phoenix Island Cruise Terminal started in 2002. Since it was put into operation in 2006, the terminal has witnessed over 700 cruise departures and arrivals, with the number of cruise passengers reaching more than 600,000, and Sanya has become the third largest cruise homeport in the country, following Shanghai and Tianjin.
Sanya has carried out the “Development Program for Sanya’s Maritime Tourism” and “Special Planning on Sanya’s Cruise Tourism Development”. According to the plan, Sanya will focus on island vacationing, cruise tourism, low-altitude sightseeing tourism, yachting tourism, watersports tourism and marine cultural tourism in the coming years. 


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