Boat is the only means of transport from Hoi An to Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham). There are three ways to getting in Cham Island by boat:
– Motorboat: although the first way is quite expensive, it is the fastest and suitable for those who are in a private group of friends or family. Right after arriving in Cua Dai beach, Hoi An, you can take the motorboat ride to Cham Island; the boat ride is about 15-20 minutes.
– High speed boat: buy a ticket from the ticket booth at Cu Lao Cham harbor. It is VND 300,000 per pax (about $15). Often, travel agencies will add this service to their own organized tours.
– Wooden boat: the boat will depart from Bach Dang harbor and stop at Cu Dai harbor to pick up their passengers; it takes about 90 minutes to get Cham Island. The departure time is at 7:30AM, and the boat comes back at 11:30AM, so the passengers will have to stay overnight at the island if choosing this way. For some reason, the boat departing from the Hoi An ancient town has not been in operation anymore.
As for the above two kinds of boat to Cham Island: motorboat and wooden boat, the motorboat is smaller than the wooden boat, but its speed is rather fast. For those who love intension feeling and wish to save time, it is better to get the motorboat’s ticket from travel agencies. Of course, they will encourage you to book their tour programs which include the boat ticket to Cu Lao Cham (more disappointingly, they always warn you that you can just buy the left ticket after all related tours have been booked already). However, don’t get worried as the tickets are always available. In a rare case that there is no ticket left, you can take the wooden boat which departs one hour later than the motorboat. The wooden boat’s ticket is just VND 350,000 per pax while the motorboat’s is just VND 40,000. It is strongly recommended that you should go with the wooden boat if not wanting to suffer from the seasickness caused by the motorboat.
For further information about the boats to get in Cu Lao Cham, please keep in contact with the tourist support center in Quang Nam: 0510.3666333.