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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

Attraction 31km from Hoi An in the direction of the East Sea | Quang Nam, Hoi An 51000, Vietnam Published on: 25-05-2016

Rating

Time to visit

7 hours

Opening hours

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Should visit at

08:00 AM

Should leave before

03:00 PM

Good for travellers

First-time visit

Category

Attraction
Beach
Family
Island
Nature
Must see
Kids

Price range

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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Cham Island is a group of 8 small islands, which has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park).

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Why Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) is special ?

Cham Island is a group of 8 small islands, which has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve (Cu Lao Cham Marine Park).This ideal destination is endowed with marvelous topography of mountain slopes and biological diversity. What appeals to tourists in Cham Island is its wide variety of leisure activities in a picturesque and pristine setting. Traditional forms of recreation range from swimming on crystal-clear beaches, sunbathing on long-stretching white-sandy coast to exploring the forest.


For those who are interested in marine life exploration activities, there are available facilities for water sports like: swimming, water skiing, paragliding, kayaking, kite flying, boat racing and scuba diving. This kingdom of aquatic animals is a collection of marine algae, sea grass, sea creatures and especially coral reefs. Tourists are expected to encounter a beautiful marine world with an abundance of colorful fishes, lobsters, mollusks under the clear water-surface.

What to explore at Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)?

An Untouched Paradise for Adventurers

What appeals to tourists in Cham Island is its wide variety of leisure activities in a picturesque and pristine setting. Traditional forms of recreation range from swimming on crystal-clear beaches, sunbathing on long-stretching white-sandy coast to exploring the forest. For those who are interested in marine life exploration activities, there are available facilities for water sports like: swimming, water skiing, paragliding, kayaking, kite flying, boat racing and scuba diving. This kingdom of aquatic animals is a collection of marine algae, sea grass, sea creatures and especially coral reefs. Tourists are expected to encounter a beautiful marine world with an abundance of colorful fishes, lobsters, mollusks under the clear water-surface.

Home to cultural authenticity

In addition to recreational activities, Cham Island also gains fame for its cultural attractions such as: an exhibition of nature and Cham island people’s culture, Lang Ong, Hai Tang – a 300-year-old-pagoda, the old well and Huong fishing village. Cham Island is a cultural-historic site, which grows along with the establishment and development of Hoi An City and also has some relics of Cham people’s civilization, dating back hundreds years ago.

Hospitable people and environmental friendly practices

Leading a simple and hospitable life, local residents on Cham Island are also well-known for their environmental-harmonizing lifestyle. In a country where nylon bags are thought to be vital, visitors would find it surprising to see a big panel saying: “Please don’t bring nylon bags to the island” at the entrance of the ship dock and also with a complete lack of this material in the area.

Source: vietnamonline.com

How to get to Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)?

By high-speed boat

Location: At Cua Dai port
Duration: 30 minutes
Buy ticket at Hoi An travel agent, hotels
Or buy direct at Song Hoi (Cua Dai Port)
www.songhoitourism.com
Fee: 150.000 VND- 250.000 VND/ 1 one way

By Local Ferry

Location: At Hoai River, near Hoi An fish market
Departure time: 8.30 am, every day
Return time: 12 pm
Fee: 20.000VND-30.000 VND
Duration: 2 hours

Stop at “Bien Phong”- Border Patrol to register for entry Cham Island. You need to show your Passport & valid visa to travel to Cham islands.

Note: If you want to stay longer, go to Chong islet and take tourist boat. It is more expensive than local boat. The tourist boat departs at 3 pm every day.
From Da Nang city

Location: Han river in Da Nang, in front of Da Nang’s Vietnam Television Center

Duration: 1hour

Fee: 120.000VND/one way

By high speed boat

Buy ticket at: Greenlines Company

Only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Source: http://hoian-tourism.com/

Selling points

  • “True untouched part of Vietnam”
  • “Sightseeing, snorkelling, eating and sleeping under the coconuts”
  • “Paradise if you love swimming and being active!”“Charming Little Island”
  • “Great value day out on the water.”
  • “A predominantly residential island”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
168.20 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
13 places

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31km from Hoi An in the direction of the East Sea | Quang Nam, Hoi An 51000, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • do avoid the chain of restaurants in many of the beaches.
    Food
  • Do prepare some food and then ask for a private beach in the islands where there is no one else
    Food
  • Check the weather before you want to go to the Islands
    Weather
  • Bai Chong is also a great place to be. They have 2 food shops which provide the same at Bai Ong but way less crowded. They do have tent for over night sleeping. Check with the local ppl and you can have a squid fishing tour during the night at extra cost.
    Things nearby
  • Go on to Bai Huong and Bai Chong where a normal tour won't take you to.
    Experience

Reviews

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Đi cano cao tốc mất 20 phút, tàu chợ 1 tiếng (vào 9h hàng ngày). Cứ ra bến tàu Cửa đại rồi ghép đoàn cũng được, ko nhất thiết phải theo tour

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Lovely island although no better than Cua Dai Beach. Very interesting market with some suspect products. Very disappointing diving with poor visibility

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Nên ăn hải sản ở chợ, ngay cảng, đồ tươi và rẻ. Ra bãi biển chỉ để tắm và lặn. Ko nên về quá muộn sau 2h chiều, sóng khá lớn. Nên đi cano, ko quá đắt. Tàu chợ bé đi lâu, mệt, ko an toàn khi sóng lớn

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По большому счету белому человеку тут делать нечего

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Dịch vụ trọn gói 450k/người tham qua Cù Lao Chàm. Bao gồm: Đưa đón đi-về, ăn trưa, tham quan vòng quanh đảo, xem san hô. Dân khá thân thiện và mến khách.

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We paid nearly 2.5 millions dong for our family, 2 adults and 3 children, to go on this tour. We were very disappointed with the tour. We did not get to see much. Wasted of time and money! It would have been nice had it been well organised!Hope the local government and tour agencies get their acts together and improve their services, their commitments, their attitudes and communications so that they could bring in more tourists.

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Our day was suppose to start with a 7:30am pick up at our hotel lobby. We were finally collected at 8:10am in an over crowded small people mover on the way to Cu Dai Dock. On arrival we were all whisked away to the dock and herded on to 3 different Cu Lao Cham Island speed boats. The tour guide and captain were friendly.The life vests provided were not sea worthy or safe. Most of the dog clips and plastic buckles were missing or broke as you adjusted your vest. It seemed to be one size fit all (which doesn't suit the varying tourists and children).It was a 20 minute boat ride out to the island for the first stop and guided tour of the island. There were some great sights to see but you were hassled every 10 meters but a stall merchant trying to sell drinks or food. The tour around was rushed and if you were to walk back a moment to take photos, your attention was drawn back quickly by a loud sharp whistle blast and a motion of hurry along by the tour guide. To be honest, if we hadn't taken photos when we could then I'm not sure if even remember the island tour at all...it's a quick walk around.After the rushed tour we were put back on the speed boat and rushed around to another bay for snorkelling. I took my own personal dive mask. What they don't tell you when you book is what gear you will actually get. You'd expect to be provided with appropriate snorkelling gear and towels. Nothing appropriate was provided. The masks and snorkels provided were inferior and resemble something you'd buy for your children to use in a paddle pool. Flippers were not provided or present. Towels were not provided.As for the snorkelling, the water is very drab and visibility was about 5 meters. There was actually nothing at all to see or interesting for the 35 minutes you were in the water. Apparently we were suppose to be given a full hour of snorkelling. As for the snorkelling I rate it 1 out of 5. Not worth it! A waste of time.We were then alerted by whistle to get back on the boat and taken back to the first island for lunch. Lunch was not too bad but the amounts provided were very small tiny dishes to cater for large groups. Local rice and sea food dishes. Not much to interest you if you are vegetarian as my girlfriend found out.Lunch: 3/5, if vegetarian then 1/5.We finished lunch at 11:30 and were told to be back on the boat at 1:15pm to leave.We had a swim at the beach and walk up and down it. As for Cham Island beach I'd rate it 1/5. It's filthy. Rubbish strewn throughout the sand and piled up in a gully at the far left end of the beach as you face the lunch area. Disappointing to be on island locations that could be beautiful but are reduced by poor management and cleanliness.Mind your belongings also. My girlfriend had her Prada sunglasses taken from her bag on the boat at some point it was unattended. What a way to end a tarnished day. They were never located. FYI.$22US each we paid for the tour. The day cost my girlfriend $400 with her sunglasses being stolen.

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$35 with Blue Coral. Friendly, safe, great gear, beautiful coral and fishes! Free coffee, tea and water on board plus cheap beers and soda available for purchase. Go!

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Cham island is a very special place. We went twice. First time we wanted to stay. people were offering us to stay at their house, but we wanted to be adventurous so we stayed on the beach. At night we had to leave because of the mosquitos. I recommend to stay over night but find and accommodation first. Snorkeling is amazing and the beaches are one of the best I have ever seen. Its a true paradise...for people who dont need a cocktail bar and a fancy restaurant to end the day.

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18 kilometres from Cua Dai Beach, about 25 minutes by speed boat, this is the most famous island near Hoi An. It's also a reserved marine park.

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