7. Hoi An: Cham Islands Highlights Day Tour, Snorkeling & Lunch
On this unique excursion to the Cham Islands, spend the day exploring the scenic natural beauty and historic town of Bãi Làng. Learn about the rich island culture from your guide as you visit protected areas. Enjoy a local lunch and get in the water to experience the coastal biodiversity firsthand.
To begin your day, meet your local guide at the Cua Dai Pier in Hoi An. As you set out on the teal and turquoise waves, chart a course for the cozy, bow-shaped cluster of islands off the coast of Hoi An. Upon arrival, admire the charming, wild beauty of the Cham Islands Biosphere Reserve.
Disembark in Bãi Làng and visit some of the fishing village's historic landmarks, including the ancient well, Cham Pa, and the Hai Tang pagoda. For centuries, these ancient sites have offered mariners fresh water and a place of worship along their journey. Soak up the town’s serene atmosphere.
Continue exploring the town as you wander through the local market. Discover the history of the market from your guide and learn about the islanders' daily lives while you walk down streets shaded by fruit trees.
Next, head to Bãi Xếp or Hòn Tai for snorkeling. After learning about the biosphere reserve, enjoy the treat of jumping in the water and seeing the diverse sea bed for yourself. The islands are home to more than 300 species of corals, as well as crustaceans, seaweed, and endangered fish.
Once you've snorkeled to your heart's content and built up a hearty appetite, head back to land for lunch at a restaurant. Tuck into the set menu of local foods, then relax on the beach with a full belly. Relish the tranquil breeze while you rest and take a short swim if you wish.
After relaxing on the beach, head back to the speedboat for a return transfer to Hoi An to conclude your day at the Cham Islands.