Go Sanya for exotic seafood, don't miss the 7 big local joints
Due to Sanya’s proximity to the ocean and its expansive local fishing fleet, the city boasts a wide variety of seafood delicacies available at the many seafood restaurants and stalls throughout town.
The seafood in Sanya is famous for its absolute freshness. The local restaurants offer some of the freshest catches from up and down China’s southeast coast.
If you’re lucky enough not to be hampered by an allergy to seafood, and also happen to love the taste, the following are top picks for places to enjoy seafood in the city.
Huo Che Tou Seafood Square
This is the largest seafood square in the city. The Huo Che Tou Seafood Square is located near the Sanya Railway Station. The square is filled with nearly 200 stalls and is capable of holding 10,000 diners.
Currently, the seafood square offers more than 150 seafood varieties. The seafood products sold there are supplied directly by local fishermen, cutting off intermediaries (distributors). Consumers can buy fresh seafood products at the same wholesale prices offered at the wet markets.
The seafood square is equipped with a spray cooling system, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and other supporting facilities such as 1,500 parking spaces and a kid’s amusement zone.
Transportation: The seafood square is near the Huo Che Tou Furnishings Mall (Chinese: 三亚火车头家具博览中心). Get there by taking bus route 31.
Chunyuan Seafood Square
Chunyuan Seafood Square is highly recommended by nearly all locals.
The square is set up as a giant open air seating space under a roof. Upon your arrival, you’ll be hustled by reps from different cooking stalls trying to get you to sit in their areas.
You can pick up fresh crabs or still-squirming white shrimp, or just about any seafood can be delivered from local nets. The cooking stalls will then prepare it to your liking within about 15 minutes.
Aside from the fish and veggies, there are people walking around selling fresh fruit and prepared foods like dumplings or coconut rice.
Address: Hexi Road, Hexi District, Sanya
Transportation: To get there by bus, take route 3,12 or 52, and then get off at the Chunyuan Seafood Square bus stop
Dong Hai Long Gong 东海龙宫美食城
Located close to the ocean, and catering to both tourists and locals looking for top-notch seafood, Donghai Longgong Restaurant is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the Dadonghai area.
The restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood dishes at affordable prices.
Eating and looking out over the ocean just might remind you to get to the beach, as there is more to enjoy in this town than the food!
Address: In front of Resort Intime Sanya, Dadonghai, Sanya
Operating hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Pi Pi Xia Seafood Square 皮皮虾海鲜广场
The Pi Pi Xia Seafood Square is located on the Yingbin Road. The square covers an area of 5,000 square meters and is capable of holding 2,000 diners.
Transportation: The seafood square is near the Tong Xin Jia Yuan Residential Community (Chinese:同心家园小区). Get there by taking Bus Route 27.
Lao Yu Gang Seafood Square 老渔港海鲜广场
Located near the former Honggang Market, the seafood square is over 2,600 square meters in size, making it one of the biggest seafood squares in the city and also has good sea view.
The square has 110 stalls selling seafood and 35 restaurants that will cook the seafood for you for a small fee per dish. Each stall-sized restaurant can seat 70 diners, which makes it a super large seafood dining area that can accommodate over 2,000 people at once.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 12 midnight
Address: 16, Yugang Street, Shengli Road, Sanya三亚胜利路渔港路16号
How to get there: Bus Route 3, 12, 17, 19, 56, 58, or taxi (Get off at the Shui Chan Ma Tou Bus Stop and then walk down Yugang Street until reaching the seafood square)乘坐3路、12路、17路、19路、56路、58路公交车，经由胜利路，到水产码头下车，顺着渔港街走到尽头，在凤凰岛的正对面
Ba Zhua Yu Seafood World 八爪鱼海鲜大世界
At a size of 25,000 square meters, the seafood mall is the biggest seafood dining establishment in Jiyang District. The place is filled with nearly 60 stalls and is capable of holding 7,000 diners in a comfortable environment.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 12 midnight
Telephone: 0898-88989668, 17789825558
Address: 4/F, Hong Gong Mall, Yingbin Road, Sanya City, Hainan Province (Opposite the Jiyang District Community Government Building) 海南省三亚市迎宾路新鸿港市场4楼（吉阳区政府对面）
How to get there: Bus Route 9, 15, 19, 37, or Taxi
Paddy Field Seafood Plaza 稻田盛宴海鲜广场
Set among the lush rice paddies of Haitang Bay, the seafood plaza occupies a land area of 23,000 square meters and is large enough to accommodate 2,800 diners at once.
Address: About 2 kilometers away from the exit of Linwang Expressway, Haitang Bay, Sanya 三亚市海棠湾林旺高速路出口2000米处右转