Cu Lao Cham is a cluster of eight islands in Tân Hiệp Island commune, Hoi An Town, Quảng Nam province. It is located 15 kilometers from Cua Dai. Population: nearly 3000 people.
It is cultural and historical vestige associated with Hội An commercial port. On old Western maps Cu Lao Cham was titled “ Champello” or Pulau Champa” (in Austronesian language). Here there are still many relics of the regional civilization of Sa Huỳnh, Cham pa and Dai Viet and ancient buildings of the Chăm and Viet people dating back several hundreds of years.
The terrain consist of hills and mountains. Many species of precious vegetation are well cultivated and always green. Natural resources and sea products are rich. Beaches are covered with him yellow sand and romantic stone blocks. On the eastern side of the island are abrupt slopes standing above sea waves, forming majestic scenery. Scientists highly evaluate coral reefs in the sea of Cù Lao Chàm and have listed them in the Red Book.
In October 2003 the Cù Lao Chàm Nature Reserve (one of 15 marine parks of Việt Nam in 2007) was set up to protect wild creatures here.
Cù Lao Chàm now has 135 coral species (six of which were identified for the first time in Việt Nam), 500 beds of sea plants and sea grass, 202 fish species, 4 lobster species, and 84 mollusk species. Cù Lao Chàm is a habitat of sea swallows whose nests were food for kings. In the Tò Vò and Khô caves, swallows often made nests on steep cliffs.
Visiting Cù Lao Chàm, tourists may attend an exhibition room titled “Nature, People and Culture of Cù Lao Chàm: Precious Objects from Cù Lao Chàm Sea Bed”. Tourists may visit Hải Tạng Pagoda of 300 years age, the ancient well and Ông tomb. At the Bấc Beach or at Hòn Dài, they may visit by boat Bãi Hương fishing village. They may bathe at the Ông and Chồng beaches or engage in sports entertainments like windsurfing, parasailing, kayak, boat rowing competition and kite-flying and enjoy fresh seafood specialties.