Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham) Tours

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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)
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

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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
  • Duration: 6 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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise from Hanoi

Spend a memorable two days sailing around the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Halong Bay on this luxury Syrena Cruise. Hop off to explore Amazing Cave, enjoy kayaking around Ti Top Island, and take a small-boat tour of the Vung Vieng floating village. Along the way, get a taste of local culture with a Tai Chi lesson and Vietnamese cooking class on board. This all-inclusive tour includes overnight accommodation and meals, plus round-trip hotel transfers from Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Multi-Day Central Vietnam Heritage Road Tour from Da Nang

Combine four incredible UNESCO-listed wonders into one trip on this 4-day tour from Da Nang to Hue. Walk the atmospheric streets of Hoi An Ancient Town; admire the magnificent Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City of Hue; explore the ancient temples of My Son; and cruise through the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. That’s not all: drive the dramatic Hai Van Pass, cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and take a Vietnamese cooking class. This small-group tour includes accommodation and meals.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Cham Island Full-Day Discovery Tour

The beautiful beaches of the Cham Islands are a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and lie just off the coast of Hoi An. On this tour, cruise out to Hon Lao—the largest of the islands—and Bac Island; enjoy plenty of free time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at the islands’ beaches; and tuck into a seafood lunch at a beachside restaurant.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 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
  • Duration: 1 day
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Cham Island Tour from Da Nang

Experience the underwater wonders of the Cham Island on this full-day speedboat cruise from Da Nang. Cruise around the islands of the Cu Lao Cham marine park; explore the temples, villages, and beaches of Cham Island; and dive in to swim and snorkel at Lang Beach. Tour includes lunch and hotel transfers.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Cham Island Full-Day Tour

The beautiful beaches of the Cham Islands are a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and lie just off the coast of Hoi An. On this private tour, cruise out to Hon Lao—the largest of the islands—and Bac Island on a private speedboat; enjoy plenty of free time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at the islands’ beaches; and tuck into a seafood lunch at a beachside restaurant.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Explore Cham island From Hoi An

Co Lao Cham is a island cluster east of Hoi An so renowned for its stunning coral reefs and native fish that it’s one of a handful of UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve Sites. Between February and September, take a speedboat out to the largest of the eight islands and explore this quiet island and its pristine waters. Swim, snorkel or sunbathe at Lang Beach and visit historic sites like the Hai Tang Pagoda and the Ong Temple.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Mekong Delta Cycling Tour PhnomPenh to SaiGon 4 days

Mekong Delta Cycling Tour PhnomPenh to SaiGon 4 days, a combination trip of back road cycling & boat cruise, can take you off the beaten track and avoid the conventional tourist routes Start from Phnompenh by speed boat to Chaudoc - Vietnam. Then we start the cycling from ChauDoc to CanTho, VinhLong and on to Saigon.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Day Cham Island Homestay Experience from Hoi An

Escape to peaceful Cham Island on a two-night tour from Hoi An that explores the Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where you’ll find a beautiful beach, clear water, and fascinating local culture. With a blend of guided and independent time, enjoy the flexibility to swim, snorkel, or sunbathe, and join a guide to hike up a mountain, learn to fish island-style, and visit Ngoc Huong Pagoda. This two-day tour includes meals, accommodations in an island homestay, and all transport, with pickup and drop-off at hotels in Hoi An.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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