Located on the southeast coast of Hainan Island, Haitang Bay is one of the new hotspots on the Chinese resort island. Stretching for around 27 miles (43 kilometers, Haitang Bay is home to a wide range of high-end, luxury hotels and resorts. Enjoy wonderful views, a pretty beach, and the biggest duty-free shopping center in the world.
One of the best ways to enjoy Haitang Bay is to stay at one of the more than 30 resorts that line the bay, such as the Atlantis Sanya, Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, Rosewood Sanya, and Westin Sanya Haitang Bay, many of which offer a private stretch of beach, pools, and other amenities and attractions. Haitang Bay is also an easy day-trip from nearby Sanya, and there’s plenty of beach for visitors to enjoy sunbathing or a relaxing stroll. It also offers easy access to Wuzhizhou Island and the China Duty Free mall.
Things to know before you go
*The currents at Haitang Bay can be quite strong, so it’s not ideal for swimming. *Bring your passport and proof of departure flight to shop at the China Duty Free mall; pick up purchased items at the airport. *Most hotels and resorts allow non-guests to visit their restaurants. *The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is open to non-guests with a paid admission.
How to get there
Haitang Bay is located around 19 miles (30 kilometers) east of Sanya, and around 24 miles (39 kilometers) east of Sanya Phoenix International Airport. It’s easiest to take a taxi from Sanya or the airport. You can also take bus no. 33 from the airport.
When to get there
The weather in Hainan and Haitang Bay is pleasant throughout the year. It’s a popular vacation destination for Chinese tourists, and will be most crowded over Chinese holidays, especially the week-long holidays in May and October. Visit at other times for smaller crowds.