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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) Tours

Clustered around 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Hoi An’s Cua Dai harbor, Vietnam's eight Cham Islands are known as Cham Island or Cu Lao Cham. They offer white-sand beaches, granite cliffs, and coral reefs ideal for diving and snorkeling. The islands’ rich marine life and ecosystems have earned them UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.
 
The Basics
The main—and the only inhabited—Cham Island is Hon Lao, where public boats arrive, as do most day tours. While it’s possible to stay overnight on the islands, most travelers visit as a day trip from either Hoi An or Da Nang. Many Cham Island tours focus on the underwater attractions, whether diving, snorkeling, or underwater walking. Speedboat tours typically include stops at two or more beaches, which are hard to reach overland independently.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shops and facilities are limited on the Cham Islands: Don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • Both public boats and tour boats can be dangerously crowded: Use common sense before boarding.
  • While bikinis are fine on the beach, put clothes on when leaving the beach or exploring villages.
 
How to Get There
Public boats, tour boats, and private speedboats depart near Cua Dai beach, outside Hoi An city. As riding the public boat means an overnight stay, most travelers opt for an organized speedboat tour. Boat trips typically include pickup and drop-off from hotels in either Hoi An or Da Nang.
 
When to Get There
On weekends, Cham Island is overflowing with mass tours. Visit midweek instead and avoid Vietnamese national holidays. Seas are dangerous during the wet season (October to February). June, July, and August are best for diving and snorkeling the beautiful coral. Cham Island tours run during the dry season (roughly March to September).
 
Cham Island Beaches
White sands are Cham Island’s main draw. The most popular tourist beaches are Chong Beach (Bai Chong) and Ong Beach. Both have restaurants and sun loungers. Bac Beach is laid-back, with hammocks, while Xep Beach (Bai Xep) is a pretty bay with a traditional fishing village. Small islands are more commonly visited on dive tours.

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Full-day Cham Islands Cruise from Hoi An with Underwater Walking Excursion, Hoi An, null
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Full-day Cham Islands Cruise from Hoi An with Underwater Walking Excursion

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Cham Islands (Vietnamese: Cù lao Chàm) constitute a group of 8 small islands of Quang Nam, a world Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO. Cham ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Full-Day Jeep Tour from Da Nang, Da Nang, Other Water Sports
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Full-Day Jeep Tour from Da Nang

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Jump into a jeep for the ultimate exploration of Da Nang and its surrounding sites. Cruise in rugged style on war-time roads, up mountain and through lush ...  Read more

Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Full-Day Cham Island Tour from Da Nang, Da Nang, Full-day Tours
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Full-Day Cham Island Tour from Da Nang

Escape to a sleepy island for the day-the perfect way to relax and recharge after hectic days spent traveling, walking through the streets and shopping. ...  Read more

Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.00
Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Day Trip from Da Nang, Da Nang, Full-day Tours
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Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach Day Trip from Da Nang

Take a trip to discover one of the most beautiful regions of Vietnam; from the modern delight of Da Nang city and its stunning stretching coastline to the ...  Read more

Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Cham Island Day Trip by Speed Boat from Hoi An or Da Nang, Hoi An, Day Trips
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Cham Island Day Trip by Speed Boat from Hoi An or Da Nang

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Discover some interesting places such as marine protected areas, a village to see how local people live, the old well from Champa, an old pagoda, and the fish ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hội An, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $44.00
Cham Islands Snorkeling Tour by Wooden Boat from Hoi An, Hoi An, Day Trips
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Cham Islands Snorkeling Tour by Wooden Boat from Hoi An

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the waters around Cham Island on this full-day snorkeling adventure from Hoi An City and Da Nang. Travel to the island aboard a wooden boat ...  Read more

Location: Hội An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Half-Day Hoi An Countryside Tour on Electric Scooter, Hoi An, Day Trips
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Half-Day Hoi An Countryside Tour on Electric Scooter

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

A unique eco-tour experience exploring Hoi An’s captivating countryside on a comfortable electric scooter. Discover some of Hoi An’s most beautiful hidden ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hội An, Vietnam
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Countryside and Arts and Crafts Electric Scooter Tour from Hoi An, Hoi An, Vespa, Scooter & Moped ... 
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Countryside and Arts and Crafts Electric Scooter Tour from Hoi An

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A unique eco-tour experience exploring Hoi An’s captivating countryside and town on a comfortable electric scooter. Discover some of Hoi An’s most beautiful ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hội An, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Day Trip by Speed Boat, Hoi An, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
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Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Day Trip by Speed Boat

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Cham Island, located off the coast from Hoi An, is a beautiful and fun-filled getaway — the perfect day trip. Known locally as Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, this ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00
Half Day Tour to Cu Lao Cham from Hoi An, Hoi An, Day Trips
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Half Day Tour to Cu Lao Cham from Hoi An

This half day tour takes you to visit Cu Lao Cham (or Cham Island) which is 15km from Cua Dai. Relax as you cruise to AU Thuyen, walk along the rice fields. ...  Read more

Location: tp. Hội An, Vietnam
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00

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