Lying 18 km offshore from Hoi An, the Cham Islands (known locally as Cu Lao Cham) feature beautiful seascapes and landscapes. This island group has 3,000 inhabitants; most of whom make a living from fishing. Only 1 + 1/4 hour by a junk and 30 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An Town (Cua Dai Quay), it is perfect for a day trip with snorkeling or a dive on some beautiful corals, a delicious seafood lunch on the island, or a walk along the “eco-tour” trail. It is much nicer to spend overnight on the island, then you will have chances to explore the island and experience your great time with sunset and sunrises which is much spectacular or go fishing at night and have barbecue on the island.
There are many other interesting attractions for visitors, including fresh seafood, traditional crafts, swimming and sightseeing. Recently important archaeological remains were found and these are now exhibited in a small museum near the main jetty. The island is rich in aquatic resources, with 165 hectares of coral and 500 hectares of sea weeds. The waters around Cu Lao Cham is home to 135 species of coral, four species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of mollusk, many of which are listed in Vietnam’s and the world’s Red Book of endangered species.
Today the Cham islands are also a Marine Protected Area (MPA) because of their many important marine habitants, especially beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity. The MPA includes eight islands; the largest island Hon Lao, features magnificent beaches and forests, the township of Bai Lang, a small harbor, a traditional fishing village (Bai Lang), temples, shrines and a pagoda. Cham Islands, offshore island of Hoi An City has just been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.
08h00 Our car & English Speaking Guide will pick you up at your hotels in old quarter then transfer to Cua Dai harbor.
Get on board at 07h45 and the boat will depart at 08:00 for 1+1/4 hour cruise. A complimentary drink will be served as we board and be sure to bring along our camera to capture the spectacular monument views while cruising to Cham island.
We arrive at Lang village and the tour guide will help us understand more about Cham island with its history. Make a visit to the Marine Protected Area, the boat shelter, Hai Tang pagoda, traditional fishing village and the local market, then trek for 20 minutes to Chong village with very nice sloping and winding road and amazing view of the sea, sand and we sometimes can see some wild monkeys on the way if we are lucky enough. Go swimming, snorkeling and having lunch with some seafood afterward.
Keep swimming or relaxing after lunch then get on board at 14:00 and cruise back to Cua Dai beach harbor. The crew will wish us a farewell and we are transferred to our hotels. Tour ends at 14:30.
Highlights: Cham island, Hai Tang pagoda, the boat shelter, local market, Chong village and snorkeling.
Duration: 7 hours ( boarding time: 08h30 – 09h00 )
RATE: From US$ 125 per person, based on 2 Persons. Applied for the – Private Tours – Depart Daily
+ Pick up by private car
+ Express boat
+ English speaking guide
+ Complimentary drink
+ Entrance fee
+ Snorkeling kits
+ Motor boat jet ski, Banana Boat, Fishing ( Extra charge )
+ Tip for guide & boat