Catching waves is not on many must-do lists when in China, but Riyuewan (Sun Moon Bay) outside of Sanya is known for its mild surf breaks, a perfect match for beginners. Nearby Dadonghai beach is a draw for surfers too, but it’s mobbed with swimmers and paddlers fighting for their wave. Instead, cruise 80-minutes north up the coast to Riyuewan from October to March when the northeast swells serve up the best waves of the year. Rent boards and hit the tropical palm-tree fringed beach on your own. Or, book a lesson in advance and learn to Hang Ten with instructors from the Riyue Bay Surf Club. After your workout, reward yourself with a Hawaiian pizza and an ice-cold brew (from the widest selection of imported beers on the island) at the surf club’s breezy Surf Restaurant and Bar.