Cham Island - An Untouched Paradise
Located 18km from Cua Dai Beach, Cham Island stays mainly undiscovered except being the main port of Cham Pa Kingdom 3000 years ago and a part of Hoi An international trading and maritime “Silk Road”. Cham Island includes 08 islets that string along in the shape of mermaid, known as Lao (Pear Islet), Dai (Long Islet), La (Leaf Islet), Kho Me (Large Rocky Islet), Kho Con (Small Rocky Islet), Tai (Ear Islet), Mo (Tomb Islet) and Ong (Grandfather Islet)...
Unspoiled vistas with a fishing village
Only 01 hour and a half to the world famous heritage site of Hoi An Town, Cham Island offers unspoiled vistas and glimpses into a way of life that has altered little over the last several decades. Each islet is a lush green paradise fringed by pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Most residents live on fishing off the Lang and Huong beaches or farming, making handicrafts, making fishing nets and swallow's nests exports, etc. While nylon bags could appear everywhere in Vietnam, visitors maybe surprised by the island’s no nylon bag policy as well as a complete lack of this material in the area.
With locals’ harmonizing lifestyle, it is easy to see why Cham Islands has the Biosphere Reserve status once witnessed its ecologically diverse marine environment. The surrounding waters itself have about 135 species of coral, 202 species of fish, 4 species of lobster, and 84 species of mollusks, creating a fanciful underwater gardens with tropical colors and different shapes banked by stone bands on the sea shore. On the island, there are an extensive 1,500ha of tropical forest forests covering more than a quarter of the Cham Island and with a wide range of fauna and flora,where precious birds such as Yen (swallow) habitats together with the other species.
With the forecasting from government of about 125,000 foreign visitors to Cham Island in 2015, there is a call for this undiscovered, untouched gems to be seen while it is still under the radar. Other than the worthwhile diving to see the marine ecosystem, visitors can take a stroll along the beach, try the area signature tea and dishes, hiking up the forests, enjoying camp fire night with dinners of seafood and delicacies like octopus, lobsters, fish fin, etc.
Travel Tips Visiting Cham Island
Visitors will need a guide to hike up the undeveloped hiking trails in the forests which is monitored by the army there.
Cham Island is only accessible from May through August.
For diving or snorkeling, visitors need a dive or snorkeling permit or travel with a dive operator.
Avoid weekends and public holidays as it will be crowded with Vietnamese
There is no power from 22:00 till 06:00 anywhere on the island.