Located about 20 km west of Sanya City, West Island enables swimming, fishing and other water-related activities in a more relaxing atmosphere. West Island is known as Turtle Island or West Hawsksbill Island (a kind of large turtle) from local folklore. It is shaped like a hawksbill, which is like a turtle living in tropical area. It is the largest of a series of small islands located off of Sanya. Home to fishing tribes for generations, its idyllic surroundings of sandy beaches, rocky coves, and an interior filled with palm trees are now being discovered by domestic and foreign tourists alike.
A speed boat whisks you to the West Island which is gradually being developed for leisure and tourism. You can hire bikes to see the island. There are pleasant walks to take with lovely ocean views and a busy beach area with parascending and jet skis.
Since West Island is remotely located, thus accounting for the little pollution and beautiful environment. the Western Island is open to the public. If you are interested in angling, you can reach the Western Island by motorboat as it has the biggest and best angling club of Sanya. There are many fish and you will return with great success. Furthermore, the island is famous for its limpid sea water and various benthoses. The island is filled with white sandy beaches, fresh air and clean water. The surrounding area also is filled with many different types of fish, many different sea shells and a coral reef. Scuba diving or snorkeling in this area is a great activity for the entire family. West Island Recreational World also provides several other activities and has 46 square kilometers of space. it would be a good choice to wander along the bay after supper to feel the soft sea breeze and warm sea water, and view the sunset. As you walk along the bay, you can see the fishermen trawling and hear their working songs resounding to the skies.
The island offers every kind of diversion for those with an active lifestyle. Feel like diving? West Island boasts crystal clear waters with a wide array of marine life and extensive coral reefs to explore. Want an adrenaline rush? Para-sailing, jet-skiing, and four-wheeling on beach ATVs are all available to test your mettle. Just want to relax? Take a break in the shade of the coconut trees, enjoy the tropical breeze, and savor the freshest of seafood at one of the island's restaurants. West Island...something for everyone.
In addition to water sports, visitors to West Island can enjoy salt-water pool, camping and barbecue facilities, or test their aim on archery range. Diving instructors are internationally (PADI) certified, and offer a full range of equipment for rental. Scuba excursions are available from shore or by boat.
Speedboats for the 10 minutes trip to West Island depart regularly from Sanya Harbor and are available morning to evening.
West Island has a wide array of souvenirs to bring home for family and friends. Chose from exotic seashells, beautiful coral pieces or minority handicrafts. You will end the trip with great satisfaction.