Day 4 - Sanya - Hawaii of the East

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We had slept like babies on board the boat - we could faintly feel the boat moving but overall it was quite smooth sailing as it were.  No rocking or bouts of sea sickness which was good.  We arose to face one of our most difficult choices of the day - which restaurant to have breakfast at!  Little did we know that we were to become slowly used to a luxurious breakfast each morning that would be a cooked hot breakfast to our liking in addition to the regular buffet spread at the restaurant.

We enjoyed our leisurely breakfast and a few hours of downtime exlporing the boat and relaxing before we arrived at the port of Sanya - Hainan at 1pm - this is also known as the Hawaii of the East.

  We pulled into port just after lunch and we had a choice of either staying aboard the ship or joining a variety of tours that would accompany us to the major sites and/or to go shopping and to finish off with dinner and then to return back the boat for departure at 9pm.

We chose to go on a tour to the sights of the island.  The process of disembarking with 2000 other passengers was quite a logistical nightmare, and of course we had to wait for a fair amount of time, but given there were visa processing regulations to have to deal to, I thought that this process was handled relatively smoothly.  Once leaving the ship, there were the obligatory costumed characters and musicians farewelling us for a great time off the boat and of course to have our photos taken with the characters.

   We were herded onto numerous busses to visit the famous beach area which was quite pleasant.  We even tried out the local watermelon fruit which was a bright yellow colour.  And to satisfy your curiosity, it tasted exactly the same as the regular pink variety.  Although I realise I am a little biased, I still didn't find the beach to be anywhere near as nice as the beaches in Australia.

After this, we were taken to a precious stone/pearl factory (seems like in China there are obligatory tourist visits to promote local goods).  This part was pretty boring, but I guess you have to take the good with the bad.....after this we were taken to another tourist lookout point where we got a pretty good view of the Hainan port.  Following this, we had dinner at a local seafood restaurant which overlooked the sea.

  Very pleasant.

We were then dropped back to the boat at 8:15pm to clear customs/immigration ready to depart to our next port the following day.  Arriving back onto the ship in the evening was quite a sight - the boat was all lit up and it looked quite stunning against the darkness of the night.  Once back on board, we were then left to decide how to spend the rest of the evening and we settled on a sports themed acrobatic show in the Lido Lounge.  This was quite exciting to watch, and impressively, you felt like you were really in an entertainment venue back home watching live show.   We followed this by a visit to the Galaxy Lounge for some lounge music and a few nightcaps.   I could certainly get used to this lifestyle!  We picked out what tour we wanted to do the next morning as we were due to arrive in Halong Bay, Vietnam at 9am. 





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Yellow watermelon!
Yellow watermelon!
The boat isnt THAT big after all.…
The boat isn't THAT big after all…
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