Surfing Hǎinán information
Lonely Planet review
From May to September, Dàdōnghǎi gets decent surfing waves, while nearby Shíméi Bay has prime conditions from November to January. You can rent boards from Surfing Hǎinán, which was started in 2008 by three surfers from China, Japan and the US. Lessons (including lunch) and multiday packages for the experienced are also available.
Surfing is just starting to gain a tiny following in China and so far the majority of surfers out on the waters are still Westerners. This is not the next Indonesia but as part-owner Brendan says, 'The best thing about surfing Hǎinán is that it's empty.' Beginners will find this a no-hassle spot to try a sport they've always been curious about.
Surfing Hǎinán also offers a fun 30-minute breakfast paddle across Dàdōnghǎi to Yàlóng Bay that includes a buffet breakfast at one of the five-star resorts.
Surfing Sānyà is a bit tricky to find down on the unmarked back alleys of Dàdōnghǎi, so call when you arrive or take the first lane (the fruit street) as you head down Haiyun Lu off Yuya Lu. At the end, look for the blue cow head.