Photo: Not the sandy white beach of your dreams.

Cua Dai Beach

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Once the darling of Hoi An, known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand, views of the Cham islands and lux resorts, Cua Dai beach is now affected by severe coastal erosion. Though the erosion has been detected since 2004, the condition has accelerated in recent years.

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Cua Dai Beach is located at the end of predictably named Cua Dai Road, running for eight kilometres along the coast, from the tip at the Cham Island ferry port north to An Bang Beach. At the public section – the first part you see where Cua Dai Road meets the beach – there are parts where it is impossible to take a “walk on the beach” without being waist deep in the ocean. This main hub, with its many seafood restaurants and sun chair rentals, used to be the main draw. Now it is an unsightly disaster/construction zone, a mix of sand bags, tarps, metal sheet piles, ropes and bamboo, and business has all but dried up.

May not be in the Cua Dai brochures. Photo taken in or around Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

May not be in the Cua Dai brochures. Photo: Cindy Fan

As for the resorts, they have constructed their own protective rock walls and breakwaters. These aren’t the most natural sight but they are certainly more attractive than sandbags. If your main purpose of staying at a resort is for the beach, this is not the place. High-end hotels on Cua Dai still deliver on the ocean views, swimming pool, restaurants and services – everything but sand between your toes and in your bikini bottoms. If you appreciate amenities and finery, you can get great value as rates have dropped over the years and there are discounts to be had. We continue to recommend Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, which does have an adjacent patch of sand complete with loungers.

You can struggle on. Photo taken in or around Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

You can struggle on. Photo: Cindy Fan

Is it worth visiting Cua Dai? There are still plenty of seafood places where you can eat and drink yourself silly in between swimming and lounging in the sun – and not surprisingly, these places are desperate for business. Avoid the places off the beach, which offer lower prices but lacklustre food, and try the places on ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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