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Nanwan Monkey Island

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Nanwan Monkey Island

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Ben D wrote a review Oct 2020
Beijing, China9 contributions20 helpful votes
Monkey Island and Dai Dai Island are two separate parts of one island located just off Lingshui Bay. You can choose to visit either of the areas or both. We opted to visit only Dai Dai Island, so I can’t speak for Monkey Island. Again, like most places in Sanya, this whole area is a tourist trap, so bear this in mind before you visit. Entry to the island is expensive – for Dai Dai Island the cost was 92 Yuan. Monkey Island is approximately double this. To get to Monkey Island, you can take the boat or cable car; to get to Dai Dai Island, you must take the boat. As I say, we only did the Dai Dai Island part. I was quite excited about the prospect of a boat ride, until I discovered that it literally takes less than 2 minutes to complete. The island is so close that a half-decent swimmer could make it across with ease. Once on the other side, you get in an open-sided yellow tourist bus (we were also offered a mini-van ride which we declined!) and after 10 to 15 minutes of careering around the side of the island you arrive at the Dai Dai area. The views along the way are quite good and the bus ride was pretty enjoyable. Dai Dai Island itself is a stretch of coastline littered with various props (a pink bus, a pirate ship, some beach huts, etc.) put there solely for the purpose of taking photographs. It really is the perfect Instagram-ready location, and you WILL see countless Chinese couples taking shots in every conceivable pose. We walked along the shore for 15 minutes (pretty much its entire length) and encountered a large rock with the waves battering against it. Quite a picturesque area, with far fewer tourists, and it’s good fun to climb on the rock and watch the ocean. Do be careful, however – the waters here are rough and swimming is definitely a no-go. Once we’d walked back along the coastline past the Instagram props, we got back in the bus and were driven back to the boat boarding area. 2 minutes later, we were back in Sanya. Not a total waste of time, and as I say, the ocean views were very nice, but overall a rather expensive trip without much to it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Warren J wrote a review Jul 2020
Shanghai, China67 contributions24 helpful votes
Had a pleasant trip to Nanwan Monkey Island. Went mid-morning but would suggest going earlier as the tour group hoards arrived just before lunch. Monkeys easy to see but make sure you don't leave bags unattended as they will be ransacked by the monkeys. Easy to get good photos.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Sightseers_11 wrote a review Jan 2020
Visby, Sweden222 contributions28 helpful votes
So if your traveling from Sanya it will be about 1:30 minutes to get to the ticket office. I suggest you hire a local guide to get you there. Usually can find one through your hotel tour office. Also arrive early otherwise you can wait in a long cue to get to the island. The cable car over to monkey island is actually the longest cable car ride in Asia! Ensure you don’t bring any type of plastic bags with foods or drinks in it as the monkeys will rob you upon arrival! We were not on island for more than a minute when we saw this happen! From the moment you get on the cable car have your camera ready you will capture some great photos on this trip. On the island itself you will spend probably a couple hours at most. If traveling from Sanya expect this trip to take you half a day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Rob R wrote a review Nov 2019
Tredegar, United Kingdom1,027 contributions299 helpful votes
Visited this and very apprehensive after reading reviews. Did enjoy the cable car ride over which gives fantastic panoramic views. Did enjoy the monkeys running around the park but thought the show was very cruel, this would be banned in the UK. But there lyes the problem the Chinese view things a lot differently and animal welfare is not high on the agenda here. Did not see any animal neglect my self personally but did feel a little bit uneasy with some aspects of the park. Enjoyed some aspects of the park really disliked other parts of it. I am seeing this through a western perspective and do understand this but hope with education, some parts of this park can be changed and become more conservation led.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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salexandrov wrote a review Nov 2019
St. Petersburg, Russia5 contributions
Very interesting and positive experience, monkeys are superintelligent and funny. One should be careful not to bring any food or pops (such as Cola, Sprite, etc.). Monkeys would definitely discover it and try to get hold of such stuff. Scratches or bites would follow. On the other hand, I very much disliked the show and monkey circus, animal cruelty is never welcome.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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