Discover Cha(r)ming Islands Just Offshore from Hoi An
Cu Lao Cham, or the Cham Islands, are a one-hour wooden junk ride (or a 30-minute speedboat ride) off Hoi An’s shore. It is a group of about five islands, perfect for a day trip when staying in Hoi An.
Travelers can go for snorkeling and diving among some very beautiful corals. The waters around the islands hold more than 130 species of corals and over 80 different kinds of shellfish. Relax on the beach, swim the clear blue waters, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch or BBQ on the beach.
There are about 3,000 people calling the island group their home. Most of the residents make a living from fishing. Plenty of seafood is on offer in the island’s small restaurants. A small museum near the main jetty is worth a visit. It showcases important archaeological remains that were recently found on and around the islands.
The Cham Islands have been recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
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