Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) Tours

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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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Half-Day Hoi An Countryside Tour on Electric Scooter

Ride — or drive — an electric scooter into Hoi An's captivating countryside during this 3-hour tour, which begins with a snack and smoothie along the riverside. Your guide is in-the-know about interesting spots, such as Cam Nam Island, where you’ll meet the locals and witness their daily lifestyle firsthand. Learn about shoemaking, rice cracker production and more. Stop at a garden in Tra Que Village and refresh with a beverage in a lounge overlooking An Bang Beach.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Day Trip by Speed Boat

Enjoy some fun in the sun during a relaxing full-day tour to Cham Island. Ride a speedboat to Cham Island and spend time enjoying its beaches and temples and have lunch at a restaurant. The small island is part of Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, a protected marine reserve in the South China Sea that is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring a personalized experience with a small group.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cham Islands Snorkeling Tour by Wooden Boat from Hoi An

Snorkel the vivid coral reefs of the Cham Islands on a full-day trip from Hoi An and Da Nang into the Cu Lao Cham archipelago, a UNESCO-listed marine biosphere. You’ll make the crossing in a traditional wooden boat, then slip into the water to see the bright fish and coral that thrive in the protected area. Following your snorkeling time, head to Bai Chong beach for a Vietnamese seafood lunch at the edge of the water, soaking up the sun on the white sand beach before returning to the mainland.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-day Cham Islands Cruise from Hoi An with Underwater Walking Excursion

The Cham Islands are a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and renowned for their diverse marine life, but you don’t have to dive to experience the underwater wonders. This full-day cruise from Hoi An includes a thrilling underwater walking activity, plenty of free time for swimming and snorkeling, and a delicious lunch at a beachside restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cham Island Day Trip by Speed Boat from Hoi An or Da Nang

On this trip to Cham Island from Hoi An or Da Nang, you’ll enjoy a great mix of water fun—including and snorkeling—wildlife sighting, and learning about local culture. Because you’ll be traveling by speedboat, you’ll pack more activities into one day. A small group size means you’ll get plenty of personal attention, and hotel pickup and drop-off add extra convenience.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Countryside and Arts and Crafts Electric Scooter Tour from Hoi An

Explore Hoi An and the surrounding countryside aboard an electric scooter, which you can drive yourself or ride with a guide. This 4.5-hour tour introduces you to local painting and lantern-making workshops through partner NGOs. Get a glimpse into the locals’ daily routines, including the production of shoes and rice crackers. Stop for a snack and beverage alongside the Thu Bon River, visit a garden in Tra Que Village and relax with a drink in hand at a lounge with views of An Bang Beach.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Tour to Cu Lao Cham from Hoi An

Visit Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) on a 6-hour cruise from Cua Dai, located approx. 9.5 miles (15 km) away. Board a boat to Au Thuyen and take a guided walk through the rice fields to Hai Tang Pagoda. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling at Bai Xep Beach before lunch at Bai Bac Beach. Hotel transfers included from Hoi An.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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