Cham Island in Hoi An
Cu Lao Cham is one of the most famous attractions in Hoi An. The island processes wonderful beaches and diverse undersea world. It attracts tourists not just by pristine and untouched beauty, but also the hospitality of locals.
In Hoi an, Cham islands seems to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Cham Islands, offshore island of Hoi An City, has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park). This ideal destination is covered by marvelous topography of mountain slopes and biological diversity. Visitors in Hoi An tour after visiting the ancient town often travel to the Cham Islands to enjoy the serene and pristine natural beauty in this poetic island. Visiting Hoi An but missing the exploration of Cham islands will be a big regret in your day-tours journey. Cham Islands is located approximately 9 nautical miles offshore and to the East of Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Central Vietnam. Cham Island includes eight islands: Hon Lao, Hon Dai, Hon Mo, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon La, Hon Tai, and Hon Ong. Long white beaches, turquoise waters, and delicious seafood together create the magnificent beauty of this island. An adventure tour to this island will help you have a chance to explore the ecological site and see marvelous coral when having snorkeling and scuba diving as well as spending leisure time on beach, enjoy good climate and cool weather, admire the plentiful plants and marine animals. Interested tourists can easily book a Cham islands tour from Hoi An tour, which departs daily in the morning to the island. The tour usually includes guide, transportation and a decent meal on the island. The best time to take trips to Cham Islands is from March to August. During the time, the weather is warm with beautiful sunlight, turquoise waters, and gentle waves. Tourists shouldn’t come there in Winter because there will be heavy storms.
Place to visit
There are a lot of attractive destinations in Cham Islands. The Cu Lao Cham Museum is the place where the history, traditional customs and habits, as well as marine specialties are introduced. Visiting this museum, travelers can understand more about the culture of this land. Yen Island and Bai Chong Beach are also popular attractions in this island. For those who like to immerse in the refreshingly cool weather and turquoise water, Bai Xep, Bai Ong, and Bai Lang beaches are ideal options. If having two days visiting Cham islands, tourists can spend one day visiting Cu Lao Cham Museum, Nest plantation, Ancient Well, Hai Tang Pagoda; and another day for Yen Island, Xom Cam, Bai Lang Beach, and then come back Hoi An. The islands themselves are mostly mountainous and forested, and fringed by peaceful and protected white sand or rocky beaches. The beaches are scattered with stones, creating the diversity of strata and geomorphology. For those who enjoy marine activities, there are available facilities for water sports like: swimming, water skiing, Paragliding, kayaking, kite flying, boat racing and scuba diving. With primitive landscape, the island is ideal for camping, swimming and scuba diving to enjoy the corals and beautiful marine life. This island is also the kingdom of aquatic animals such as marine algae, sea grass, sea creatures and especially coral reefs. Tourists are expected to see a beautiful marine world with an abundance of colorful fishes, lobsters, mollusks under the clear water-surface. Your trip in Cham islands will become one of the most memorable trips in your life. Coming to Hoi An and taking a trip to this beautiful and wonderful island, you will understand why Cham islands is mentioned as an ideal place to visit in Hoi an.
The most suitable time for traveling to Cu Lao Cham - From March to August is the best time to visit Cu Lao Cham. Tourists will have great trips with gentle warm sunlight, smoothly wave and fresh water. The transportation to the Cu Lao Cham - If tourists start from Ha Noi or Sai Gon: They can choose the sleeping bed coach from Hoi An to Da Nang. Then come to the boat station and travel by canoe or wooden ship to Cu Lao Cham. - If tourists start from Hoi An: Tourists can choose canoe or wooden ship to come to Cu Lao Cham. The price of canoe ticket is 150,000 – 200,000 VND/person/ticket, which just takes the tourists about 20 minutes to reach Cu Lao Cham. The price of wooden ship is cheaper but takes longer time to go, about 50,000 – 80,000 VND/person/ticket, if tourists want to bring motorbike, they must pay 30,000 VND/each more. Canoe usually starts from Cua Dai Beach, the wooden ship starts from Bach Dang station right in the Hoi An Old Quarter. This transportation comes back at 1 pm at the Cu Lao Cham Station if you want to travel by ship. Note: From Hoi An to boat station, tourists can travel by taxies, motorcycle taxies or self-driving vehicles. If you start from Da Nang, then travel by bus - At Cu Lao Cham: Tourists can bring the motorbike to the island to drive around by themselves. If you want to hire the boat, then ask for the reception of your hotels to book. The hotels, motels in Cu Lao Cham There are motels, and homestays on Cu Lao Cham Island or you can stay in Hoian Hotels. The price is very reasonable, which is about 50,000 – 100,000 VND/room/person, if you have 2 persons, the price is 150,000 VND/room. If you add 1 person, you have to pay more 50,000 VND. Beside the eating, sleeping and resting service, the motels and homestays also serve food, hiring car, boat, diving for admiring coral, fishing…