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  • Location:Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Hoi An Fishing Experience on the Cua Dai River

Experience life on the waterways in Hoi An with a half-day fishing tour on the Cua Dai River! Cruise with an expert captain and crew aboard an eco-tour boat to a local fishing village. Join local fishermen and their families to learn about daily customs in this region of Vietnam, where you’ll paddle a Vietnamese basket boat and gain hands-on experience fishing the traditional way – among the mangroves and coconut palms. Lunch, drinks and round-trip transport by comfortable coach are included.


  • 4-hour Hoi An fishing village and river cruise
  • Cruise over the Cua Dai River on an eco-tour with an experienced guide
  • Visit a Vietnamese fishing village and learn about the rural lifestyle
  • Try out traditional fishing methods with local fishermen on the river
  • Paddle a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat in a race
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch and cold drinks aboard the boat
  • Round-trip coach transport included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The guides, including the ironically named and hilarious Captain Cook, really take care of their passengers! They go to great lengths to make sure that everyone has a good time – the highlight is casting the fishing nets into the water by yourself – and they have a way of making everyone feel safe.

What You Can Expect

Hoi An Fishing Experience on the Cua Dai River

Cultural Experience in Hoi An: Local Fishermen Lifestyle and Cuai Dai River Cruise

Begin your waterways tour of Vietnam upon pickup from your Hoi An accommodation and transfer by comfortable coach to a local fishing village. Walk with your guide through the delightful village, where you’ll meet fishermen and their families, and watch daily life unfold. Learn about the lifestyle and social customs of this rural community, and gain cultural insight into this authentic Vietnamese way of life.

Next, meet your friendly and safety-minded captain and crew aboard the boat as you embark on an eco-tour of the region, cruising along the Cua Dai River. As you explore the tranquil waterways flanked by mangroves and coconut palms, hear about the extreme conditions once endured here by soldiers on both sides of the Vietnam-American War. Your guide will share interesting facts and anecdotes about the impact of the war on the nearby communities.

Then, join local fishermen and women on the river and take part in several interesting hands-on activities that are fun and safe for people of all ages. Be entertained by your crew as they make whimsical hats, flowers and animals from palm leaves. Try your hand at casting a round net and raising giant drop nets from shore – you’ll appreciate how hard the fishermen work as you learn these traditional fishing techniques.

Afterward, put on a lifejacket and jump into a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat, learning to paddle this unique boat from your comical crew. Once you’ve got your buoyant little boat skimming across the water, you’ll be ready to join the excitement of a basket boat race!

Back aboard your eco-friendly tour boat, dine on a scrumptious seafood lunch cooked by your captain. Enjoy dishes like stuffed squid, baked fish and Vietnamese rice pancakes with a cold beer or a soft drink before returning by coach to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was fantastic and our tour leaders were outstanding. Would really recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a great outing, the whole team took wonderful care of us. Our three children, 10, 8 and 6 had a ball. We enjoyed it so much we booked another excursion for the following day. Sinh went out of his way to make the necesary plans for us and the children wished we could stay and go on more ecotours with him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Everything went smoothly and we were treated exceptionally well by the staff, right from pick up when met by the guide Sing, who was very friendly, exceptionally knowledgeable and regularly bringing a smile to our faces with his wit. A cool trip around the herb garden that was very interesting, a quick ride on a water buffalo which was enjoyed. Then a relaxing and interesting cruise around the waterways of Hoi An River. The basket boat ride was a hoot and our kids really enjoyed the treats supplied by the crew. Some fishing attempts with the local nets wasn't so successful, but fun to try. Then a lovely sumptuous meal provided by Captain Cook. Brilliant. A great day, despite the weather being less than ideal and simply made by all the staff, their enthusiasm and energy. A great trip to do as a family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very enjoyable day wth a great tour guide and staff. Beautiful surroundings and location. The only problem is that the tour company are useless when it comes to guests ringing to confirm tours 24 or 48 hours beforehand.They do not answer the phone. We wasted a great deal of time in trying to call thm to confirm our tour. This should be a 1 minute process it should not take 2 days and a lot of phone calls. Even the phone number on the voucher was incorrect. The tour itself was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wow. What a fantastic experience. The pick up at the hotel was prompt and the guide ,Sing, was very informative. It was so good to experience a snippet of village life and to have a turn at fishing
Everyone involved (and there were quite a few) were absolutely brilliant. As for the food-- we have voted it the best food we had on out trip- and we had some great food. It was fantastic .
Highly recommend this half day experience.

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