St. Martin’s Island
St. Martin’s Island is located in the extreme south of the Bay of Bengal. It is a coral island in the north-east. St. Martin’s Island is about 9 km south of Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar district. It’s located at the mouth of the Naf River, 8 km west of Myanmar coast. Were found plenty of coconuts and that’s why coconut Jinjira it is called locally. The area of St. Martin’s Island is about 8 square kilometers and long north-south. The average height of 3.6 meters from the sea on the island of St. Martin.
St. Martin’s Island is a popular tourist center in Bangladesh. In the tourist season, there are 5 launches every day going to the mainland of Bangladesh. For the last 5-7 years, the tourists have been starting to look at this little coastline. Every day, on average, two to two and a half thousand visitors coming are seen this. On the island of St Martin’s, there are about 66 species of coral, 1,887 species of snail-mussels, 1,53 species of marine algae, 1,257 species of Guptasis, 2,40 species of marine fish, 4 species of amphibians and 120 species of birds.
About 100 to 125 years ago people settled here. Currently, there are more than ten thousand people living here. The population of the island is growing rapidly. The territories of St. Martin’s Island are mainly flat. But some sand dunes are seen. The main structure of this island is limestone. It took about 5 million years to 11 million years to form the upper part of the island of St. Martin. According to the Bangladesh Environmental Protection Act of 1995, an Environmental Concerned Area declared by the State of St. Martin. Bicycles can be rented from some places on the island, especially in the West Beach, at 60-80 per hour. But these cycles have no brake, no bell. There is no connection to St. Martin’s rural electricity. Fully generator based. Resort-hotels usually run generators from 10 pm to 11 pm from the evening. During the day, the water pump can continue for some time. The problem is mobile, camera laptop charging.
How to go there?
There are more numerous vehicles on the way to Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar. From Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar you can go three ways by road, train and air transport.
01. Roadway: Directly Cox’s Bazar goes to many buses from the capital of Dhaka. Shyamoli Transport, TR transport, Hanif Enterprise, Unique, S Alam Transport, Green Line, Saudia transport, Desh Travels, Sohag Transport, buses from Dhaka’s main bus stand go directly to Cox’s Bazar. Rent is Non AC 800 to 1000 taka and AC 1400 – 2000 taka.
02. Trainway: Many trains reach Chittagong from Kamalapur Railway Station and Airport Railway Station in Dhaka. The names of the trains are Sonar Bangla, Surban Express, Mahanagar Probati, Mahanagar Gouduli, and Turna Nishita. Rent is about 600 to 1000. Will go by bus from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar.
03. Skyway: Directly flight from Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport goes to Cox’s Bazar airport. Rent is about 5000 to 12000.
Before going to St. Martins first you will have to go to Teknaf from Cox’s Bazar. You will go to Teknaf by bus, micro, and zip. Take time about 1-2 hours. Then you can easily go to St Martin’s by ship from Teknaf. In the winter the sea is cool, so this time it’s safer to go here. There are several ships including Sundarbans, Eagle, Green Line Water Bus, LC Kutubdia, and Kairi Sinddabad. The ships the morning of 9 00 – 10 00 at the St. Martin’s intention to go. Ships rent are 200 – 500 taka. Besides possible to go through the trawler. Rent is Tk 100 per person.
Where you’ll be Stay?
There are several good quality hotels and cottages to stay at St Martin’s night. 500 – 1000 taka can stay in any hotel.