An island that is popular for day trips is West Island which lies off the western edge of Sanya Bay, with an area of 2.67 square kilometres it is the second largest island in the waters around Hainan.
Approximately 20 km (8 miles) southwest of downtown Sanya lies West Island, Hainan Province’s second largest island.
A playground for holidaymakers
The island is one of six legal spots for snorkeling and scuba diving in Sanya. Its surrounding waters belong to a National Coral Reef Nature Reserve. Underwater visibility ranges from 10 to 15 meters, permitting divers to enjoy a plethora of spectacular scenes.
Stroll down the beach on West Island in the late afternoon and, aside from people relaxing on the sands, you may see couples having their wedding photographs taken and local lads fishing in the shallows with hand-thrown nets. The island also offers a range of water sports including fishing, “flying fish” boat rides, kayaking, diving, gliding, and jet skiing out in the bay.
Fishing Village on the island
West Island is not only famous for its very picturesque tropical sceneries and has been home to fishing tribes for generations.
After the year’s of reconstruction, the fishing village on the West Island has taken on a new look and opened to the public recently.
The traditional houses have been repaired, and public facilities such as a floating public library, a marine themed exhibition hall, and inns have been built. Many residents now live in new houses and have extra rooms they can use as home stays.
Local tourism authorities and village heads believe that the traditional fishing village has tourism potential, and are working to develop the village into a popular destination. They hope that those efforts will benefit local residents. In 2017, the village was named by China’s Ministry of Agriculture as the China’s most beautiful fishing village.
West Island 西岛
Grade Level: AAAA
Address: West Island, Xiaoqi Port, Sanya / 三亚市肖旗港西岛海洋文化旅游区
Telephone: +86-898-8891 0888
- RMB 140 per adult (peak season); RMB 130 per adult (off season)
- Free entry for children under 1.2 meters in height
-Children from 1.2 to 1.5 meters in height are eligible for a 50 percent discount.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Transport: Bus Route 6, 14, 16, 22, 24, 25, 26, or 57