Known as “China’s Hawaii” (or “Russia’s Florida” depending on whom you ask), Hainan Island is China’s best-known tropical resort destination.Besides the popular beaches, there are some other virgin beaches in Hainan.
1. Riyuewan (Sun and Moon Bay), the best surf beach in China, named #18 of the 50 best Surf Beach
Located in Wanning City, Hainan Province, a 90-minute drive from Sanya City.
Golf, tennis, swimming and dining at hotel buffets appear to be the most popular tourist activities, but more and more visitors are also coming to ride waves. Riyuewan boasts year-round waves suitable for all surfers.
Although in summer the south swells do provide ride-able waves, the water is a bit too calm for experienced surfers (though a great time for stand-up paddleboarding or surfing beginners).
The best time to surf Riyuewan is from October to March when the northeast swells deliver the best waves of the year.
The Surfing Hainan Open has been held in the autumn and winter for the past four years and the first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) tour event in China was also held this past October -- the Swatch Girls Pro China Women’s World Longboard Championship, won by Australian Chelsea Williams.