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Updated: Apr 17, 2019 Print
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Tourists warm up before surfing in Riyue Bay, Waning, Hainan province. [Photo/IC]

Hainan is the surf capital of China. The golden beaches are developing their own styles of local surf culture with beach hostels, surf clubs, and the best waves in the whole country. Tourists are recommended to take some surf lessons, meet China's national surfing teams, and start some epic surfing adventures of their own.

Hainan's long, endless breakers provide the perfect conditions for competitions, and every year several major international surfing competitions are held here. The best surfing season lasts from April to October, when it is the perfect time to jump on your board and paddle out into the sun-kissed waves.

Recommended locations:
Riyue Bay (Sun and Moon Bay), Wanning, Hainan province


Diving is maybe the quickest way to cool off in the summer and Hainan boasts the best diving conditions all year round. The crisp clean waters enable a visibility of 8 to 15 meters.

Hainan Island is surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, which are home to a large variety of colorful tropical fish and other fascinating sea creatures, including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, eels, jellyfish, shellfish, and more.

Day or night dives, scuba diving or snorkeling, shore dives or reef dives, shallow water or deep sea dives are activities that are all on the table. Diving classes and equipment are also available here, which makes Hainan a good choice for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned divers.

Recommended locations:
Yalong Bay, Jiyang District, Sanya
Wuzhizhou Island, Haitang Bay Town, Sanya
Boundary Island, 5 Round Island Highway Niuling Exit

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