White Castle Club

Guesthouse in Sanya

This is the hub of Hòuhǎi’s nascent surf scene and a great place to base yourself if you’re keen to learn and make friends. The guesthouse backs on to the sand, with a hang-out spot that serves traveller staples like yoghurt, granola and pizzas. The rooms without sea views are a little damp.

In-house licensed instructors run intro courses of three daily, 1½-hour lessons (¥900 including board rental). Just board rental costs ¥150 per day. If you’re ready to splurge on your own, White Castle sells hand-shaped boards (from ¥8800). English spoken.