Our Cham Island experience
It started with a 12 hours train journey from Hanoi to Da Nang. We left Hanoi station at 11pm and slowly worked our way south stopping at Dong Hoi and Hue before arriving at Da Nang station at 1.30 pm the next day.
We took a mini bus to Hoi An, loaded our bags on to a fast boat and reached Cham Island at 2.30 pm.
After a brief rest we were invited to do some snorkeling to get a feel for the water and to see the natural beauty there. The water was clear, warm and we could see some fish and coral. Back to the island, we had a swim in the beach then dinner. Our accommodation was small tents on the beach, although some of us slept on the sand with feet in the water too keep cool.
After a light breakfast and a briefing about the dive equipment we would use. We took a small boat to join other divers on the “mother-ship” where we suited up for our first SCUBA dive.
The dive instructors were profession and safety conscious and made us feel very comfortable as we began to enjoy the under water world of the reefs around Cham Island.
Our first dive was about 30 minutes. After that we had a short break on the “mother-ship” then we were invited to take another deeper dive in a more spectacular location. We saw fish, coral and amazing rock formation under water. It was an amazing experience to “fly” among the fish and the only sound was the regular in and out of your own breathing. After diving all moving, we returned to the island and had a good lunch then a swim with a game of ” ghost-ball ” …
That evening, we had a “gala dinner” and some drinks. We all slept very well after a very special day.
The next morning, we walked 2.5 km to a local fishing village, saw the market then took a boat back to our base camp. After a very good seafood, we packed and took a fast boat to Hoi An.
We then visited My Son ancestral home of the Cham people and back to our hotel for a swim in the pool and relax. Dinner was in a restaurant on the river and walk around Hoi An ancient city. Next morning, we left Hoi An and visited CON market at Da Nang city for shopping then caught the flight back to Hanoi at 5pm. We needed to circle Hanoi airport due to a passing thunderstorm, but we arrived safe and well at 7.30 pm.
A great experience with wonderful things to see and do. You might want to view our photo album
Written by David Whitehead