Island Hopping Cham Islands (Cù Lao Chàm)

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Island Hopping in the Cham Islands - Vietnam

Cu Lao Cham island

The Cham Islands (Cù Lao Chàm) is a group of islands located off the coast of Hội An in Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam. The group includes several islands and islets. While not all of them are prominently known or accessible for visitors, what I have listed here are the main islands in the Cham Islands group:

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Transportation for Island Hopping in Cham Islands

As you embark on your island hopping adventure, you’ll have various transportation options at your disposal:


Ferries are the most common way to reach the Cham Islands. There are regular ferry services departing from the Cua Dai Pier in Hoi An. The ferry ride takes around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on weather. Make sure to check the ferry schedule in advance, as it may vary based on the season.

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Some tour operators offer speedboat services to the Cham Islands. These boats are faster than ferries and provide a quicker way to reach the islands. Speedboat tours might also include additional activities like snorkeling or visiting specific sites around the islands.

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Private Boats

If you’re traveling in a larger group or prefer a more personalized experience, you can inquire about chartering a private boat to the Cham Islands. This option offers more flexibility in terms of timing and activities.

Hon Dai Tourist boats docking in Hoi An, Vietnam

Guided Tours

Many travel agencies and tour operators in Hoi An offer guided tours to the Cham Islands. These packages usually include transportation to and from the islands, as well as activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and exploring local attractions.

Transport Costs From Hoi An or Da Nang

Prices will vary depending on operators and currency conversions.

Average cost by ferry or speedboat is around $30 – $60 AUD. 

Tour packages start from $60 and go up to $800+ AUD

Cham Islands (Cù Lao Chàm)

Hòn Lao (Lao Island)

Hon Lao island is the largest island in the Cham Islands group and is where most of the population resides. It’s the main island that tourists visit and where most of the accommodation, facilities, and attractions are located.

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Cham islands, Vietnam, near Hoi An city

Hòn Dài (Dai Island)

This island is situated to the southwest of Hòn Lao and is known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters. It’s a popular spot for snorkeling and diving.

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Hon Dai Tourist boats docking in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hòn Mồ (Mo Island)

Located to the northwest of Hòn Lao, Hòn Mồ is known for its natural beauty and is also a destination for outdoor activities like hiking. Its untouched charm, along with hiking trails and coastal views, provides an opportunity for an off-the-beaten-path island experience.

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Hòn Khô Mẹ (Khô Me Island)

Situated to the east of Hòn Lao, this island is less developed and less visited by tourists. It’s known for its quiet beaches and peaceful atmosphere.

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Hòn La (La Island)

This smaller island is situated to the south of Hòn Lao and is usually visited as part of boat tours. It offers snorkeling and diving opportunities. Known for its simplicity, it offers rocky landscapes, quiet beaches, and a serene ambiance. 

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Hòn Kho con (Kho Island)

This islet is located between Hòn Lao and Hòn Dài. It’s a popular diving site and known for its underwater biodiversity. With weathered rocks, clear waters, and minimal infrastructure, it offers a serene escape for nature lovers. 

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Tips for a Smooth Island Hopping Experience

  • Plan Ahead

    Research the islands you want to visit, transportation options, and costs to create a well-structured itinerary.

  • Pack Essentials

    Include sunscreen, swimwear, comfortable shoes, and any necessary medications.

  • Be Mindful of the Environment

    Respect the natural beauty of the islands by following eco-friendly practices and disposing of waste responsibly.

  • Stay Hydrated

    Island hopping can be physically demanding, so keep yourself hydrated throughout your journey.

  • Embrace Flexibility

    Island hopping might involve changes in schedules due to weather or other factors, so be prepared to adjust your plans.


The Cham Islands (Cù Lao Chàm) situated off Hội An’s coast, offer serene relaxation, diving, snorkeling, and island hopping adventures. From the vibrant Hòn Lao to the most tranquil Hòn Dài and Hòn Mồ, their historical temples and vibrant marine life create a unique feel. These islands exemplify sustainable tourism, inviting travelers to explore a realm where past and present converge amid pristine shores and azure waters, leaving lasting memories.

Hon Dai Tourist boats docking in Hoi An, Vietnam

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