Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), Hoi An
A day-long journey to the charming Cham Island promises to be powerful enough for you to temporarily stay way from the bustle and hustle of the urban life, « full » energy for a coming week, and more importantly, have unforgettable experiences.
The amazing island was naturally favored 8 separate « untouched » islets. And each of them grasps distinct characteristics which have « magics » to mesmerize you right you set foot in.
Only 20 minutes of traveling by canoe from Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) has fascinated holidaymakers with pristine charm and tranquility, and the rustic daily life of the locals. There is one thing interesting that the island offers only homestays that are priced at 50,000 VND /person /night.
In the morning, you might get on a boat to the island to buy fresh seafood then tell the landlord to process them for you. In the afternoon, it’s ideal to hire a bike to travel around the island, drop by Ong Beach, Lang Beach, and Hai Tang Pagoda, then engage in coral diving in Chong Beach. The cost for a day on Cham Island is about 500,000 VND.
Cu Lao Xanh (Xanh Island), Binh Dinh
Cu Lao Xanh, also known as Van Phi island, is located in Nhon Chau Commune, Xuan Dai Bay, 24 km from Quy Nhon. Entitled the “hidden pearl” at the middle of the sea, the island has fascinated holidaymakers with crystal blue sea water, immense blue sky, and lush green trees.
From Ham Tu dock, you might reach the island by high - speed train tickets for 200,000 VND a ticket, travel time about 50 minutes; Or wooden ships move more than 2 hours for about 25,000 dongs per ticket. Beach on the island is quite pristine, clear water, sandy beaches and natural rock formations with many shapes. Accommodation services on the island have not yet developed, with only boarding houses, you can ask local people about homestay services and order meals, join the lives of fishermen fishing. In particular, around 3 a.m, islanders often light on the boat to retrieve the ink, you should try this experience.
Cu Lao Cau (Cau Island), Binh Thuan
Situated in Phuoc The commune, Tuy Phong district, the stunning uninhabited Cu Lao Cau looks like a large battleship surrounded by hundreds of blocks of stone of different colors and shapes, and alternated with lush green grass. These things undoubtedly contribute to its distinguishing characteristics compared to others. Staying away about 10 kilometers from the closest place of the mainland, it might take you 1 hour and a half to set foot in the island. Noticeably, the island is planned to serve as a marine sanctuary and an attractive marine ecotourism destination at the same time.
Cu Lao Cau is one of the most popular destinations this summer because of the calm sea. It is easy to access to the island in this season, so you might definitely get on a boat at Phuoc The fishing port, Lien Huong town, Ca Na town, Vinh Tan Commune, etc.
Traveling the island, you should make a visit to Love cave, Tam Tien beach, Yen Cave, Ba Hon cave, coral reef, Nam Hai God Temple, Ca Suot beach, etc. Bear in mind, you need to prepare foods and drinks for the trip because the island offers only one freshwater well and fresh water is mainly transported from the mainland. As I did mention, the island is still uninhabited and lack of electricity and water, so tourists often get back to the mainland at the end of the day. If you want to stay overnight on the island, you must ask for permission of the border guard.