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Enchantment and Mystery Awaits You At Submarine Villages

Written by Candice SongUpdated Nov. 24, 2023

An enchanting adventure awaits you at Submarine Villages. Come discover ancient ruins and explore magical places such as Renchun Village, one of 72 underwater villages located just four miles north of Puqian Bay.

Experience the power of nature in all of its intrinsic majesty while encountering relics that are over 3,000 years old. If you're thinking of going on a true adventure, you need to visit Submarine Villages.

Brief History

Around 3,000 years ago, 72 villages near Dongzhai Port were destroyed by an earthquake and sunk to the bottom of the sea. The relics of village courtyards along with many houses have been naturally preserved, and remain as they were prior to the disaster.

Most of the villages sit just 3–4 meters under the surface, whereas Renchun Village, "the world's most mysterious place", sits about 10 meters under the surface. Fishes now swim through the memorial archway like the scene described in the traditional myth, "Dragon Palace."


Submarine Villages is a real-life Atlantis. It's famous for its fresh seafood, delectable cuisine and hard-working fishing culture. It's also famous for hosting the world's most sapient adventure seekers: divers can explore a 10 meter trench that leads to even more awe-inspiring ancient wonders of the sea.

One of the most interesting things about the Submarine Villages is how well they have been preserved by nature. Plankton and sedimentary buildup, along with the sea's salt content, has kept these 72 villages fully intact for over 3,000 years!

An Earthquake's Devastating Energy

There's no doubt that a powerful earthquake ripped through the region over 3,000 years ago, killing thousands and laying waste to their villages. But it wasn't just the Earth's plate movement that caused all the damage; the villages sunk into the sea! Scientists and laymen alike can only speculate how horrific the experience must have been; but the beauty of it all lies in Submarine Village's tranquility. It is perhaps the quietest, most intrinsically calm place on planet Earth.

When To Visit and What To Do

The best time of the year to enjoy Submarine Villages is during May and June; for when the tides ebb away, visitors can enjoy a breezy boat ride to the historical site: the relics are right there, and the view is stunning!

Get an up-close look at the relics by going on a snorkeling or diving adventure. Excursions are conducted daily, and tours fill up quickly, so you should inquire about times immediately upon arriving to the site.


Submarine Villages is located near Dongzhai Harbor, about 6 km (4 miles) north of Puqian Bay on Hainan Island. It's about 10 km east of Haikou.

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