Sanya has plenty to offer outdoor activities in the day, happening bars and restaurants in the night, and enough pearls to sink several pirate ships. While Sanya is not yet an established party island along the lines of Phuket or Bali, the entertainment on offer here is increasing at a very sharp rate.
Sanya's varied topography makes for excellent hiking and mountain biking opportunities. From the summit of some of the mountains are terrific views and great picnic spots. Closer to the water level are innumerable water sports like jet-skiing, parasailing and scuba diving.
The arts and culture scene of Sanya may be a little lacking but the shopping scene here is top notch and the vast majority of visitors to Sanya travel here for the hot weather and the beach, so there really isn't too much call for cinema and theater.
Most of the drinking in Sanya is done in hotel cocktail bars or on the beach, where vendors with ice buckets sell the local Tsingtao beer to holiday makers lazing on the sands. At night-time, most of the smaller outfits along the beach turn on the fairy lights and crank up the stereo for some night-time grooves that usually run until the early hours.
Parasailing, scuba diving, paragliding and snorkeling take place in Dadong Bay, Sanya Bay and Yalong Bay. The former two bays are the most crowded and have the most facilities, but the latter is for those who prefer their water adventures to be a little more private and quiet.