Table Of Contents
- What makes Cham Island Vietnam Impressive?
- The best time to visit Cham Island
- Cham Island Map
- Cham Island Hoi An Attractions
- What to do at Cham Island Vietnam?
- Cham Island Restaurants
- Where to stay on the island?
- Travel Tips
Cham island also known as Cu Lao Cham island has an area of about 15 km2 with more than 2,950 people living. This is an island that belongs to Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, located about 15 km east of the mainland. In addition to the main island, there are 8 small green islands stretching in the shape of a bow, creating an extremely diverse ecosystem.
From a pristine island, right after being recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2009, Cu Lao Cham has been putting into tourism. owning wild beauty, the green island quickly becomes an attractive destination that almost anyone who comes to Da Nang or Hoi An ancient town cannot ignore.
What makes Cham Island Vietnam Impressive?
If you are a first-time traveler, you will be impressed by the blue beaches, clear water, and also the gentleness and simplicity of the locals. Especially on the island, there seems to be no shadow of plastic bags, it is very clean.
On the way to Cham island, you will also like the feeling of being “floating on the waves”, admiring the immense sea, blue sky, and immersing in the fresh, cool breeze when taking a canoe to the island.
On Cu Lao Cham Island, It would be a great experience to take a motorbike with helmets to explore every corner of the island. Then, you must experience Cham island snorkeling to see the coral directly, explore the vast ocean world.
Besides, the rustic but delicious cuisine also makes you satisfied. There are many more things that when traveling to Cu Lao Cham you will never forget.
The best time to visit Cham Island
Hoi An Private Taxi is a local travel company based in Hoi An so with our local experience that if you want to travel to Cu Lao Cham, you must choose the right time. Accordingly, the best time to travel to Cham Island Hoi An is from March to September. Because there is no rain, it is sunny which is very convenient for sightseeing and participating in activities on the island.
Moreover, the sea surface is calm, blue, and the water is so clear that you can see the bottom. The Cham Island weather in this season is also very convenient for traveling by canoe, taking pictures, and especially ideal for diving and watching corals.
Cham Island Map
Cham Island Hoi An Attractions
Is cham island worth visiting? Yes absolutely. Cham island Vietnam is famous for its unspoiled natural landscape, green mountains, and forests. Where you can see with your own eyes the long white sand beach and crystal clear water. Especially the rich flora and fauna along with tourist sites dating back thousands of years.
Cu Lao Cham island is considered as the “Pearl of Quang Nam province“, attracting domestic and foreign tourists to explore and experience. You should stay here for about 2 days to visit the features of the island. Here are some of the most famous Cu Lao Cham tourist attractions
Bai Lang Village
The first stop when the boat docked at Cham island is Bai Lang. The village with the largest population and the main administrative center on the island. Although the beach here is not for bathing, the wharf and rocky beach are also ideal spots for young people to take beautiful pictures.
Cu Lao Cham Marine Reserve
Cham Island Biosphere Reserve is a place where you can learn about the history of formation, customs, cultural festivals, and native aqua creatures.
It displays and reproduces the entire miniature Cu Lao Cham island in a sand table with the most comprehensive view of 8 different large and small islands of Hoi An city, Quang Nam province.
The exhibitions in Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area include samples of marine life in the island area such as stone crabs, sea turtles, precious coral reefs… and the folklife of fishermen through old pictures are preserved and displayed here.
The Champa ancient well
The ancient well of Cam village is the only remaining Champa relic on Cham island Vietnam about 200 years ago. The is one of the typical ancient wells of Champa culture.
The well was listed as a national relic in 2006. You will be surprised with the source of freshwater that never runs out.
Au Thuyen Port
Au Thuyen port is located between Bai Lang and Bai Ong areas of Xom Cam village, which is a safe area for boats and speedboats when the stormy season comes. The dock was also a prosperous commercial port and a transit point for domestic and foreign merchant ships.
The favorable location on the maritime Silk Road, plus the open-door policy of the Nguyen Dynasty enhanced the role of the Cham Island port and also contributed to the famous Hoi An trading port in history.
Hai Tang Pagoda
Hai Tang Pagoda was built in 1758 under the Canh Hung king, which is a sacred temple combining worshiping Buddha and gods. This is a sanctuary to meet the religious needs of fishermen on the island and traders when passing through the island. Hai Tang pagoda is located at the foot of the western mountain of Hon Lao island with a majestic and ancient look, in front of the temple yard, there is a large field overlooking the sea.
In 1848, the Hai Tang Pagoda on Cu Lao Cham was moved to its present location and continued to be remodeled to make it more spacious. Despite the harshness of nature, after hundreds of years, Hai Tang Pagoda has remained intact with time.
Tan Hiep Seafood Market
Tan Hiep Seafood Market is located in Bai Lang, next to the wharf area of Cu Lao Cham. The market consists of two separate areas, the indoor area sells a variety of dried specialties of seafood such as shrimp, squid, fish. Outside the market selling all kinds of seafood, visitors can completely taste the dishes here before deciding to buy.
In addition to seafood, the stalls here also sell unique jewelry and souvenirs with shells, snails, or stones, which you can buy as gifts for friends and family. The special thing that tourists of Cu Lao Cham cannot expect, the seafood bought here is very fresh, the price is much cheaper than the mainland. Seafood is caught by fishermen and sold immediately to locals and tourists.
Bai Ong Beach
Bai Ong beach is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches on Cham island Vietnam, stretching along the northern strait of Hon Lao Island. The beach here is the best place for the Cham Island Tour because of the unique beauty and great services.
With a long stretch of white sand beach, poetic and lyrical scene. At Bai Ong beach, you can also participate in sea sports such as parachute, jet ski, volleyball, etc.
Bai Xep Beach
Bai Xep located to the south of Hon Lao island is a beautiful, unspoiled beach with very clear blue water. This place is not inhabited, so the beach is unexplored, there are no restaurants here.
Especially, there are coral reefs of the most beautiful type in this sea, so companies often organize Cham Island diving tours to see the corals here.
Bai Chong Beach
Bai Chong beach on the Cham island still retains its original wild look with long stretches of fine white sand, emerald green sea, and straight rows of coconut trees, verdant vegetation favored by nature.
The Creator has created Hon Chong with round stones over time stacked as a symbol of the couple, making the natural scenery here become more poetic…
Bai Huong Beach
Bai Huong, the old name of Phu Huong Village, is located at the southern end of Cu Lao Cham Island. This is the place where fishermen live peacefully with the profession of fishing and exploiting bird nests. When tourism develops, some fishermen gradually switch to tourism services.
Compared to other beaches, Bai Huong beach is not suitable for swimming because there are many boats anchored. However, this is the perfect place to explore the idyllic life of fishermen and enjoy delicious local seafood.
There are many other interesting and beautiful places on Cham Island Vietnam is waiting for you exploring such as the Heritage Banyan tree, the helicopter pad, Birds Nest cave, Ancestral Temple of the Bird’s Nest, etc.
What to do at Cham Island Vietnam?
Cu Lao Cham Island attracts tourists with many beautiful unspoiled natural beaches, along with traditional recreational activities such as swimming, climbing to explore the forest, diving to see corals and walking on the seabed. There are also water sports games such as jet skiing, paragliding, kayaking…
Swimming at the beaches
Swimming is something not to be missed in the Cham Island day trip from Hoi An. You will be surrounded by pristine and poetic beaches such as Bac beach, Ong beach, Xep beach, or Chong beach. In particular, the seawater here is super clear, you can see yourself in the blue water.
Cham Island Vietnam Snorkeling
This is a very common sea activity in the Cu Lao Cham Tour from Hoi An/ Da Nang. Tourists will be transfer by a high speed boats to the Bai Xep for snorkeling to see corals and marine life. You will be well equipped for this interesting activity.
Go Fishing with the locals
Going fishing is an interesting activity that many tourists love, experience the feeling of floating in the sea, learn about the livelihood of fishermen in the waters of Cu Lao Cham. Just enjoying the fresh, clean dishes … made by your own hands, there is nothing better than this.
Cham Island Scuba Diving
If you want to get a deeper understanding of marine life, join a scuba diving tour. Since this is a rather complicated scuba diving activity, an expert is required.
You’ll get a glimpse of the water exercises, and some of the gestures of the expert. At a depth of 3-8 m under the sea, you can see with your own eyes the colorful coral reefs in the blue water, what’s a great experience, right?
Explore the prestine forests
Cu Lao Cham Island consists of 8 large and small islands, the highest island is Hon Lao with 517m above sea level. From here you can enjoy the cool and fresh air, the panoramic views of other islands. Here, visitors can walk along the mountain road and visit Suoi Da, Ray Ong Bang, or romantic Suoi Tinh.
Cham Island Under water walking
You can walk under the Ocean like walking on the shore, can you believe it? No need for fancy tools such as an air tank, an oxygen mask… Only an oxygen helmet is enough to fully explore the vast aquarium, colorful coral reefs, touching sea fish will make you excited.
Enjoy the sunrise and beautiful sunset
If you have ever been mesmerized by the coastal roads, but have never seen the sunrise and sunset at Eo Gio Cu Lao Cham, it is a big mistake.
Yellow, orange, and red sparkle when reflected in the water, creating a stunning scene. Looking at this moment, it seems that time has stopped, emotions are overflowing, all stress and anxiety are swept away by the beauty of nature.
Cham Island Restaurants
Traveling to the tourist island of Cu Lao Cham, it is not difficult for you to find a restaurant to enjoy the fresh seafoods and local specialties. Restaurants are concentrated in Bai Ong, Bai Huong, Bai Xep tourist areas.
At the Homestays on Cu Lao Cham island, there are also restaurants open to serve tourists…. Some pretty little restaurants, serving a variety of dishes may surprise you.
Where to stay on the island?
Mention about Cham Island accommodations you will have 2 options. The first one is the island homestays on the Bai Lang and Bai Huong. There are some local homestays at a very cheap price.
Another option is book a hotel/ resort on Cua Dai Beach. So you can easily explore Cham Isand Hoi An for a day. The best Cham Island Tour start from 8:00 to 16:00.
What should you prepare for a day trip?
To fully enjoy the Cham Island from Da Nang, Hoi An, you should prepare some personal belongings such as
- Towels, sun glasses, sun cream, etc.
- comfortable clothes, shoes as well as the diving suits.
- water proof bags, equipements
- Full charge your phones, cameras and an extra power bank.
- Please do not take any plastic bags with you!
- Do not wear jewelries
Cham Island Tour Options
Usually, it takes about 2 days to visit all the landscapes and interesting activities on Cu Lao Cham. If you don’t have much time, you can choose a Cham Island half-day or full-day tour depending on your flexibility. Cham Island Snorkeling Tour from Hoi An Private Taxi Travel has been choosing by a lot of tourists.
Cu Lao Cham is a world biosphere reserve, so you need to pay attention to environmental protection when visiting and exploring the island. Should only bring back commemorative photos, leaving nothing but footprints, it is a civilized action to protect the ecosystem and landscape on the tourist island of Cham Island.