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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

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Address: Hoi An, Vietnam
Description: Cham islands are 15km from Cua Dai. There are seven islands altogether...
Cham islands are 15km from Cua Dai. There are seven islands altogether named according to their shape or characteristics. They are called Lao ( pear ), Dai ( long ), La ( leaf), Kho ( dry ),Tai ( ear ),Mo ( tomb ) and Nom ( East Wind ). They have good climate, cool the year round, trees and animals as well as marine life are plentiful here. On the island, there are precious bird nests while under the water, the coral is marvelous. There are also scenic spots around the island, such as Suoi Tinh ( Love stream), Suoi Ong ( Sir’s stream ), Hon Chong ( Piled up rocks ),Hang Ba ( The lady’s cave ). the island is also surrounded by very nice beaches with clean white sand and transparent, cool water.
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Avoid speed boat and book with a diving agency

I spend one day trip snorkeling and scuba diving with Cham Island Diving center. The organization of this day was really nice. Friendly staff and good food for the lunch. The boat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Short and sweet: It looks stunning from the coast line however unless you find a time of year that it isnt overcrowded with noisy tourists, many boats, agressive tour guides and poor underwater visability you may be wasting your time. I always think people should see for themselves before they judge but....I could have cried with how poor the tour... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I book a tour for 500k dong. 8.00 am - 2 pm. The best part of tour was sitting in the front of the speed boat. Snorkeling was horrible, the riff is nearly completely destroyed. Nearly everything grey. It was very sad to be there and to see how the kids ripped off the corals. The beach was full of... More 

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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I spend one day trip snorkeling and scuba diving with Cham Island Diving center. The organization of this day was really nice. Friendly staff and good food for the lunch. The boat is quiet big and confortable. We were able to enjoy water activity close to the island without any other boat which was really great. Moreover the island we... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We were really disappointed with our day trip to Cham Island. After an unnecessary stop at another island which we didn't ask for or know we were getting (touristy and not interesting), we hoped for some good snorkelling and lovely beaches but they didn't quite live up to the tour books! The snorkels were supplied and fitted well, but coral... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We went on a day trip with Hoi An Green Travel. To put things in perspective this tour cost $26 per person so not by any means pricey but pretty typical for Vietnam. The cost included transport from Hoi An to the port, a fast boat to the island (not the fastest of all the boats - about 30 mins),... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We read about Cham Island before we went on a trip there and everything sounded incredibly nice. White sandy beaches, snorkelling on a reef with great variety, walking through a rice field. Reality was much different. The marina to go there is completely crowded. One boat after an other leaves to Cham Island. Upon arrival you are dragged into a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Love everything about our trip to Vietnam except the 6 hours wasted on this trip. Crowded, old, and unsafe boat with cramped inside seating only, first took us to an overcrowded tourist filled town. Then to an overcrowded "snorkeling" spot (how it is considered snorkeling when they don't supply a snorkel is unclear) to swim around boats and people. To... More 

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Long Xuyen, Vietnam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Although the trip to and from Cham Island is fine, the coral was a major disappointment. The island lifestyle is something that can be seen in many parts of Viet Nam so not a must-see unless the snorkelling was superior which unfortunately it is not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

You can book through many hotels, or get info from a taxi driver or at a tourist booking area in town. Shop around for the best combination or price and services. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch, all transportation, high speed boat (which was exhilarating), snorkeling, etc. Fun trip and beautiful setting (and a bargain at just 500,000 dong per person... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Essentially you're paying money to get dropped off at a horrible crowded beach for a few hours. The snorkelling isn't very good, very little of interest to see. There is also a lot of waiting around, we were also turfed out of our seats while the guides started packing up all the chairs around us. I would rather have just... More 

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Address: Hoi An, Vietnam
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Quang Nam Province  >  Hoi An

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