Weizhou Island is located in the ocean to the southeast of the city of Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is the biggest and youngest volcanic island in China, famous for its sea, sun and sand. A seabed of living coral, a warm volcanic bay, temples and kind islanders make it so warm that any time of the year is great to visit.
Sesame Beach (Zhimatan)
The best time to go to Sesame Beach is in the early morning. It is the best place on the island to see the sunrise. Rocks in brown, yellow, black and blue dot the beach. When the tide comes in, colorful shells are hidden in its white foam, as well as many crystal soldier crabs.
You will understand why the beach is named Sesame Beach. Because of the volcano erupted, numerous lava pods burst out and crashed onto the beach.
The beach actually is not a real one, but formed by lava flow. Standing there, you can imagine how thousands of years ago, when the volcano erupted, lava flowed out into the ocean.
With colorful coral, Weizhou is a haven for divers. Diving services are available on the island, with prices ranging from 100 to 400 yuan. The best time to dive is from 3 to 4 p.m.
Swimming & Watching sunsite
There is a nice beach just face to west , you can swim there in everning and watch the sunsite, it is quite and clean beach just beside a local village, you also can stay in the village , many guesthouse there and you can see the ocean from your room.
It is easy to find a place to live on the island.
Private family hotels with tolite and air condition are good to live in and cost around 40 to 60 yuan per day. These family hotels are near the sea. You can buy food at the nearby market and cook with the hotel owners.
Getting to the island
To go to Weizhou Island, first go to Beihai. From Beijing, you can take a direct flight to Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. You can travel to Beihai from Nanning by plane or train, then head for the island by ship.
Ships leave every morning at 8:30am from Beihai to Weizhou Island, and return at 3:30pm. Tickets cost 120 to 180 yuan per person , takes 1h to the island.On Sunday there is cheapest boat tickets,90 yuan per person , takes 2.5h to the island.(By Stone from Jinghong Forest Cafe)