What to experience in Hainan? Warm sunshine, soft beaches, luxury hotels, colorful marine creatures and invigorating watersports? No, they are just the well-known parts of Hainan and Hainan is much more than that.
This 8-day tour takes you to enjoy the obvious essences of Hainan as well as explore some less obvious but no less impressive attractions. Starting from - the capital Haikou on the northern island of Hainan, you will go all the way north to Sanya - East Hawaii along the golden travel route (the eastern line of Hainan). Lots of surprises are involved, such as ancient buildings, geoparks, uninhabited islands, cute animals, etc., and of course the beautiful beaches, from which you can explore Hainan from all perspectives - holiday atmosphere, history, religions, architectures, minorities, etc.
This tour package covers a well-organized itinerary, professional local, guide hand-picked hotels, private comfortable transfer, as well free time to have an undisturbed holiday. It is also available to customize a tour according to your own needs.
Day 1 Haikou ArrivalHaikou airport pick up and hotel check in
Welcome to Haikou, the Coconut City! Your tour guide will meet you at Haikou Meilan Airport or Haikou Railway Station, and then escort you to your hotel. The rest of today is free for you to relax yourself and explore this beautiful city on your own.
Haikou Arrival Idea: It is convenient to take a flight to Haikou from Beijing (4h), Shanghai (3.5h), Xian (3h), Guangzhou (1.5h), Chengdu (2.5h), Chongqing (2.5h), Nanjing (3h), Hangzhou (3h), etc.
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Day 2 Haikou City Exploration (B)Today's highlights: Volcanic Crater Park, Hainan Museum, Qikou Old Street
This morning, you will first visit Volcanic Crater Park (Huoshankou Geopark) which is natural volcano geology museum about 15 kilometers from Haikou downtown. After the last eruption happened 13,000 years ago, 36 intact volcano craters were left and preserved till now. Fengluling Volcanic Crater is a big highlight. You will walk along the stone footsteps and view many geological remains, dense tropical forest vegetation, beautiful wild flowers, etc. As you climb to the summit (222.8 meters) which is also the highest point of Haikou, you will get a wonderful panoramic view of Haikou City and Qiongzhou Strait on sunny days. It is also available to enter into the crater to explore volcanic shapes at a close distance (not recommended to the seniors because of the steep steps).
In the afternoon, you will drive to Holiday Beach where bright sunshine, gold-sand beach, green coconut palms, gentle weaves and outstanding tropical scenery set each other off. The beach is clean, quiet and safe for all visitors, and many locals also come here for nature. You can comfortably lie on the soft sands in the warm sunshine to fully indulge in the relaxing atmosphere. There are many walking paths which lead you to the coastal views as well as tropical plants. Besides, you can also enjoy other entertaining activities like swimming, barbecue, hot spring and moto-boat (optional). Then you will drive to Qilou Old Street - a historic street with over 600 arcade buildings featuring exotic landscapes. With a fusion of European and Asian styles, these buildings were mostly built by overseas Chinese merchants at the beginning of the 20th century. An arcade building usually has a ground floor served as a storefront to take shelter from rain and sunlight, and one or more upper floors used as living quarters. Today, Qikou Old Street is also a food street offering squid, pancakes, fried food, barbeque items, soups, scallops, bread, etc.
After sightseeing, drive back to your hotel for accommodation.
- An Aerial Photo of Volcanic Crater Park
- Hotel Beach with Beautiful Sea View
- A Featured Building in Qikou Old Street
Day 3 Haikou - Boao (B)Today’s highlights: Boao Town, Wanquan River Rafting, Jade Belt Beach
After breakfast in your hotel, you will take an about 2 hours to from Haikou to Boao Town in Qionghai, which has been the permanent venue for the annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia since 2002. In this beautiful town, you will first take a floating raft on the Wanquan River, which is Qionghai’s mother river flowing down from the slopes of Wuzhishan Mountain. On the raft, you will completely immerse yourself in the incredible river views along the banks, including typical rainforest landscape and marvelous landforms.
After the raft experience, transfer to the Jade Belt Beach - Boao's biggest highlight in Boao lying on the delta formed by three rivers together, namely the Longgun, Wanquan, and Jiuqu Rivers that flow into the South China Sea. Because of its magical golden-jade sand, Jade Belt Beach has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. You can also take part in many marine activities, such asike scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, canoeing, parasailing, and more.
After sightseeing, transfer to the hotel to enjoy the local hospitality and famous natural Hot Spring at your hotel.
- Beautiful Jade Belt Beach
Day 4 Boao - Wanning (B)Today’s highlights: Shimei Bay, Jiajing Island
This morning, you will transfer to Wanning, which is 50 km (within 1 hour) away from Boao. Shimei Bay, praised as the most beautiful undeveloped bay in Hainan by the World Tourism Organization, is ready to deliver you a relaxing experience and amazing landscapes. It stretches 6 kilometers long and consists of two crescent-shaped bays. The whole bay is surrounded by blue seas and dense forests on two sides. You can walk on or lazy on silver beach which is really soft as the cottons.
Upon arrival, take a yacht to Jiajing Island, an uninhabited island in the eastern part of Hainan. It features a quiet environment and primitive coastal scenery and seabed resources. You can clearly see the starfishes, sea cucumbers and many other colorful living corals. On the south coast of Jiajing Island, there are many rocks and many fishers angle there. After the sightseeing time on Jiajing Island, take a boat back to Shimei Bay to admire a breathtaking sunset with the background of sea, weaves, beaches, and mountains.ng, canoeing, parasailing, and more.
Accommodate at your hotels in Waning.
- Peaceful Shimei Bay
Day 5 Wanning - Lingshui - Sanya (B)Today’s highlights: Nanwan Monkey Island, Dan Family Bay
After breakfast in your hotel, drive 75 km (about 1.5 hours) to Lingshui and visit Nanwan Monkey Island, which is the only island-type macaque nature reserve in China and home to more than 2500 macaques. There are nearly 400 kinds of tropical plants and nearly 100 kinds of animals on the island. You will take an open-air cable car across the sea to get to Monkey Island. The scenery from the cable car is amazing, including the coastal views and local fishing villages. Walking into the park of Monkey Island, you will get up-close with monkeys ranging from monkey babies to old ones in a natural setting. The park has a series of paths, along which you can walk through the jungle and watch the monkeys freely jumping into the water, climbing the trees, eating fruits and interacting with people.
After the happy moments with the cute monkeys, you will take a boat to explore the Dan Family Bay - a village floating on the wide Xincun Harbor to the east. The villagers has long lived in the boat and made a living from fishing. Wandering through the wooden houseboats and listening to the stories of the local people, you will get a better understanding of Dan family culture.
After sightseeing, drive to Sanya - the best place for beach resorts in China for accommodation. 1) You'd better not wear bright clothes which may grab the attention of the monkeys. 2) Do not open the bag to take anything in front of the monkeys, or they may think you are looking for food for them. 3) If you want to feed the monkeys, feed them all at once and do not provoke them, or they will rush to grab food. 4) Take care of your kids and never leave your kids alone with the monkeys 5) Do not frighten, shout at or stomp feet to the monkeys, or they may think you will attack them.
- Cute Monekeys in Nanwan Monkey Island
Day 6 Sanya Beach relaxation on your own (B)Choose your favorite beach from Yalong Bay, Sanya Bay, Dadonghai and Haitang Bay
Relaxing on a beautiful beach is the core experience of any Sanya holiday, so is in this tour. Today is a free day for you to relax and have fun on a charming beach in Sanya. There will be no sightseeing and activity arranged. If you need service for transfer between your hotel and beach, please let your travel consultant arrange for you. You can also use local taxi to move around. Below are recommended beaches in Sanya:
Yalong Bay - Being said to be the most beautiful beach in China, Yalong Bay has a crescent-shaped，7-kilometer long blue-water beach with soft sand and clear water. Yalong Bay is about 40 mins way by car from Sanya downtown. Many high-end luxury hotels are located there. Yalong Bay also popular for swimming and snorkeling. You can also go to enjoy some leisure walking and panoramic view of Yalong Bay in the Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park.
Sanya Bay - Sanya Bay’s water and sand are not as great as Yalong Bay, but it is the best location to watch the sunset in Sanya. Its beach stretches 22 kilometers. On the up side, a wide range of fun activities are on offer at Sanya Bay, such as wind surfing, sailing, etc. Located only about 7km from downtown, the rates of hotel, food and activities in Sanya Bay are relatively lower than other beaches.
Dadonghai - Dadonghai is a small beach with fewer tourists than Yalong and Sanya Bays. It is most famous for its blue waters, white sands, green trees and water sports. Shops, restaurants and amusement facilities can be reached easily from the beach as it is only 3km from Sanya downtown.
Haiitang Bay - if you are looking for a quieter escape, Haitang Bay is the best choice. Locating about 28km away from Sanya downtown, the bay has a 42.3km beautiful long coastline replete with newly-constructed resorts including the famous Atlantis Resorts. You will also find China Duty Free Mall, the world’s largest duty free shopping centre.
- Stunning Yalong Bay Lying under the Tropical Paradise Forest Park
- Peaceful Beach of Haitang Bay
Day 7 Sanya Local Cultural Exploration (B)Todays' highlights: Betelnut Valley (Binglanggu), Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park
Today，you will have a classic exploration of local culture and living style to enrich your holiday in Sanya.
After breakfast, you will be taken to visit Betelnut Valley (Binglanggu) which is an exotic village featuring Li and Miao tribes. It is the best place for you to find the roots of Hainan. There are many informative and interesting exhibits to learn about the indigenous culture. You will see many interesting things here - the women weaving fabric using their feet, musicians playing flute with nose, young girls dancing… There is also a one-hour performance showing ethnic culture and way of life of Li and Miao people in the park. Walking through of the stylish houses of the village is another unique experience.
In the afternoon, you will go to visit the cultural center of Sanya - Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park which provides a wide variety of Buddhist disciplines represented with individual temples and gardens for particular types of meditation. The biggest highlight is the magnificent 108-meter-high sea-based Kwangyin Statue which is one of the tallest statues in the world, surrounded by beautiful gardens by the sea.
Before transferring back to your hotel, you will go to take a leisure walk and enjoy sunset on the Coconut Dream Corridor which is a seashore scenery avenue built along Sanya Bay, with coconut trees standing along the roadside.
- Kwangyin Statue of Nanshan Temple
- Betelnut Valley (Binglang Gu) - Village of Li and Miao Ethnic Groups
Day 8 Sanya Departure (B)Sanya airport drop off
Today is the departure day. It is free for you to plan your activities. Before your flight taking off, your driver will come to pick up you from your hotel, then transfer you to the airport. Your Sanya holiday finishes.
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1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room
and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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