There are a handful of terrific beaches nearby the ancient town of Hoi An that are worth a visiting after having strolled around in the ancient town.
Known locally as “Cuo Lao Cham” they are located just 18 km offshore of Hoi An. Constituting of 8 islands they are home to an incredible amount of bio-diversity, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. Due to the fragility of the the environment here the islands are only open 7 months of the year. Scuba diving here is incredibly popular with crystal clear waters and 135 different types of coral reef. Tourist also come here to partake in a “eco-tour” hiking across the islands, visiting local fish villages and camping in the middle of the forest. The beaches here are in terrific condition due to the relative small amount of tourist traffic these islands.
For snorkeling and diving it is recommended to go in the summer months of June, July and August. It is advised to take precaution against Jellyfish during these months so when swimming in the water do wear a t-shirt. During the autumn and winter months the monsoon season prevents accessibility to the islands. The boat leaving to the Cham Islands leave at 7:30 AM from the Hoi An Public Pier. There are also organized tours that take you to the islands for scuba diving or snorkeling.
Cua Dai Beach
This stunning beach is located just 4 km away from the center of Hoi An in the Cam An Ward. It is consistently ranked as one of the premier beaches in Vietnam. The pristine soft white sand and crystal clear water make it easy to see why. Thankfully it is still far from being over-run by mass tourism with only a few 5 star resorts having been built here.
It is good to know that enjoying Cua Dai Beach does not come free, you will be expected to purchase a drink or some fresh fruit from one of the local hawkers, especially if you are not renting a sun bathing chair. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to chose from as well, seafood of course being the specialty.