Chàm Islands

4 things to do

All Places Vietnam

Karma Waters

Home stays inside private village homes at Bai Huong village. Daily rates USD120/person. All vegetarian meals included and return boat. Cham Island Day tour USD90. 08:00 departure. Snorkelling, swimming, vegetarian lunch. Also traditional Vietnamese sailing vessel, 10.5m Ghe Nang, for cruises and sail training all year around the Cham Islands.

Homestay Bai Huong

Homestay Bai Huong offers sustainable tours to the fisher village in Bai Huong. Offer a 2 day tour, with snorkelling trip, trekking, and cultural exchange with the home stay families and the local people. It is a simple and wonderful place to relax and see the real Vietnam.

Cham Island Diving Center

PADI dive centre offering full range of services on the island from Hoi An: PADI courses, scuba diving and snorkelling, simple excursions and private cruise by wooden boat and speedboat, camping under the stars and home stay in authentic fisher village.

Cham Island Tours

BUY   —  Map

About Chàm Islands

Cham Islands as seen from Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Cham Islands as seen from Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An

In May 2009 the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An was created. It includes Hoi An Old Town, most of metro Hoi An, the river inlet, the ocean between Hoi An and the Cham Islands as well as the islands themselves.

However, since this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was created, domestic mass tourism has lead to increased destruction of the islands, its communities, and the environment. Tourism provides zero benefit to local communities or the environment in Cu Lao Cham. This is the reason nearly all major inbound tour operators for foreign tourists do NOT send their clients to Cu Lao Cham. Whatever natural wonders existed in CLC is now long gone, so there is no need for tourists to go to Cu Lao Cham as there is nothing to see or do.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status is supposed to ensure preservation and with it an improvement in the sustainability of the environment. As soon as UNESCO status was awarded in 2009, mass tourism by mostly domestic Hanoi tourists, exploded and resulted in the islands being fished out in summer 2010 due to the massive increase in visitors. In 2011 the situation only got worse.

One of the most blatant examples of destruction within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the "birds nest" business in CLC. Not a single local islander is employed in this business. The numbers are staggering: birds nests sell for around USD4,000 per kg. All this is happening inside a United Nations sanctioned site.