Underwater Sea Walk in Cu Lao Cham
At the depth of 5-6 m under the blue ocean, with a Sea-Trek diving helmet, visitors admire the coral reefs and marine ecosystems in the beautiful Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands), Hoi An.
Located 15 kilometers east of Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An city, Cu Lao Cham consists of eight islets and a UNESCO-recognised Biosphere Reserve. After Nha Trang, Cu Lao Cham is granted the license to operate walking tours under the sea from May 1, 2016. This tour is introduced for all those visitors, who can neither swim nor dive, from the age 8 to 80.
Guest is wearing Sea-Trek and walking under the sea - Photo: Seatrek cozumel
In order to enjoy a safe and fascinating walk under the crystal clear blue water, visitors are required to wear a diving Sea-Trek with American origin. The helmet is patented with distortion free flat glass window panels and a constant flow of fresh air from the surface. It weighs 32 kg but reduces to only 7kg underwater.
Mr. Nguyen Duy Cuong, Cham Island Tourism Company's representative said the selected underwater sea walk excursion lasts for 20 minutes, consisting of about 2-5 minutes of training. Then travelers can spend the remaining time to admire the coral corridor with 1.2 meters wide and 15 meters long. Tourist Company said the walking corridor for an undersea walk is built with an appropriate distance so that it will not affect the corals system and marine life. Tour guides will follow tourists along the excursion and guide them to feed the coral probably.
This new service welcomes tourist at two prices from US$ 45 to 70.
Coral at the seabed of Cham Islands - Photo: Cham Island
Only 20 mins away from Cua Dai beach, Hoi An City, Cham islands have a pristine beauty, attracting many visitors by the development of green tourism and idyllic life of fishermen. Several marine products of high economic value, such as lobsters, groupers, snappers, crabs, shrimps, and clams, occur in this area. Cham Islands scores UNESCO-recognised Biosphere Reserve in the world since 2009 with about 135 species in 35 genera of corals.
The best season for snorkeling is the summer months of June through the end of August when ocean sediment is settled and sunlight is strongest.