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The Best Surf in all of China...
Sun and Moon Bay (日月湾) is rightfully known as the number one place to surf in Hainan, and, arguably, the number one place in China. Technically a part of Wanning city (though, in reality, it is actually located closer to the city of Lingshui) Sun and Moon Bay, with it's very well-known left-hand breaks, offers an incredible surfing experience.
Where do I Surf?
Beginner to Advanced
Located just in front of Riyue Bay Surf Club, this year-round surf spot offers a beach break that is extremely strong during big swells, and super chill during small swells, with whitewater that makes the spot an easy place for beginners to get some practice, and advanced surfers a place to strut their stuff. As stated above, this is a great year-round spot.
2. Main Point
Intermediate to Advanced
Site of the Surfing Hainan Open, Swatch Girls Pro, and ISA events, this long-ride offers an easy channel paddle out with short waits for some long left-handed breaks, that are a great ride for Experts, as well as a great spot for the Intermediate to learn how to handle a point break wave. Best ridden in the winter months from the end of October to the beginning of March.
3. Ghost Hotel
Offering the best waves not only in Hainan, but all of China, Ghost Hotel surf spot. Located at the bottom of the hill under the shadow of the "Ghost Hotel" the eponymous surf spot is prone to having huge swells and great left-hand breaks. Being that this a beach break with half of the "beach" being a massive rock face, caution should be exercised at all times. Repeat: This spot should ONLY be attempted by experienced surfers. Best in winter, but still great in summer.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE:
Though Sun and Moon bay is both an excellent place to both swim and surf please be aware that there riptides that are strong in summer and extreme in winter. This comes not only from local knowledge but this writer's personal experience. If you are not a confident swimmer or surfer, do not venture out too far from land, and, even if you are experienced, make sure you know how to survive a riptide.
Where do I Stay?
Accommodation options in the Sun and Moon Bay area are few and are mostly limited to either camping, or staying at the excellent (and tropicalhainan vetted) Ri Yue Wan Surfer's Stop hostel/hotel (image next to text on PC, under text on mobile or click here) located directly in front of the Main Point on the mid-northern tip of the bay, just before the path leading to the Ghost Hotel. Please note that camping is, at time of publication, 100% free. It is recommended you set up camp close to the Riyue Bay Surf Club, as, aside from Surfer's Stop, they have practically the only showering and bathroom facilities available in the bay, for a very small fee. They also have great pizzas, a large selection of foreign beers (!) and cheap surfboard rentals!
Additionally, you could opt to stay at the Nanhai Beachfront Hotel, on the western end of the bay close to the coffee and surf shop.
How do I get There?
Please be aware:
Sun & Moon bay is located nearly 30 Kilometers from Wanning Station. There are, at time of writing, no bus routes to the hostel.
We strongly recommend using the card located below when taking a taxi from Wanning Station, as it tells the driver exactly where to go.
Taxis at Wanning Station are plentiful. Ignore the touts and head directly to the taxi line upon exiting the station. As recommended above, show them the card below. The total travel time should be no more than 40 minutes, with a usual trip taking 30 minutes. It is a long, and slightly expensive road, but, Tropical Hainan word of honor, it is worth it!
Please take me to Ri Yue Bay.
Address: Ri Yue (Sun Moon) Bay Surfing Tourism Area, West Side.
地址： 日月湾旅游度假区内，水上运动训练基地西侧 ，近东线高速公路日月湾路口