When is the best time to come? What are the surf seasons?
There are essentially two surf seasons in Hainan – the fall and winter season, which brings Northeast swells, and the summer season, which brings south swells. The fall and winter season, from November until April, offers the best surf, with consistent northeast swells hitting Hainan’s east coast. Riyue Bay, which faces southeast, gets clean swell to wrap in, and has offshore winds. The south swells of summer, from May until September, bring also bring surf to Riyue Bay. Summer is not as consistent or as big as in the winter season. In addition to these two seasons, Hainan gets surf from an average of four or five typhoon swells. Typhoon season in the South China Sea lasts from May until November.
How long does it take to learn how to surf?
95% of our customers are riding waves on the first day. Of course, this is only one part of surfing. Like a lot of other sports, surfing is a complex sport that can take many years to a lifetime to master. But surfing is extremely fun, even on the first day.
What are the breaks like?
Riyue Bay features three left handpoint breaks and a variety of beach breaks all within a four kilometer stretch of beach. With the great variety of breaks and its ability to pick iup both northeast swells of fall and winter, and south swells of summer, it is by far the best surf spot in all of China.
What is the weather like?
Summer can be very hot and humid. Temperatures from July to September average about 35℃/95℉ to 38℃/100℉. The ocean breeze helps out a bit. The south of the island tends to have better weather than the north. Fall and spring are the most comfortable. Winter can get down to around 15℃/60℉, feeling even colder if it is windy. Full wetsuits are needed in the winter.
Where should I stay?
The most convenient option for surfing in Riyue Bay is the 21st Century Hotel. Located across the road from the beach, and a short walk from the surf club. Please The surf club has an account with the hotel and can get special rates. Please inquire for the rate, as room rates vary depending on the season.
We have dorm beds available on the second floor of the surf club for 50 CNY a night. A great choice for budget travelers who want to spend a few days in Riyue Bay. The toilets are downstairs, and the shower is outside.
The best five star option is Le Meridien Shimei Bay, which is eight kilometers north of Riyue Bay.
How do I get there?
Riyue Bay is located on Hainan’s east coast; an hour and fifteen minutes from Sanya, and two hours from Haikou. Please see our detailed directions.
Who can I contact for press inquiries?
Please use the contact page to get in touch, and we will send you our most recent press release.