Tuesday, February 3, 2015

St. Martin's Island, a Coral Island in Bangladesh

St. Martin's Island is one of the most beautiful Islands in Bangladesh. This is a coral Island in Bangladesh. Here you will see live corals and series of coconut trees in the beaches. St. Martin’s is a clean and peaceful Island. About Two Hundred Fifty years ago some Arabian sailors started settlement here and named this island ‘Zajira’. Later St. Martin Island named by British. Locally the island called ‘Narical Gingira’ and also called ‘Daruchini Dip’.

St Martin's Island
St Martin's Island

Location of St Martin's Island

Location of St Martin's Island is in Chittagong Division of Bangladesh. Total areas of the island are 8 km2 (3.1 sq miles), Total Length of the island is 16 km (9.9 mile) and Width is 0.5 km (0.31 mile). Populations of the island are 7,000 (Seven thousand). This island is 3.6 m above the mean sea level and almost flat.

Communication

The total distance of the island is 510 km from Dhaka (Capital of Bangladesh). Form Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar you can go to Teknaf by bus. From Teknaf the water transportation (ships and boats) is the only way to reach in the St Martin's Island. By Air you can go from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar then you can go to Teknaf by bus or hire a jeep.

No landlines facilities in here, but you can communicate with cell phones, Grameenphone, Robi, Banglalink, Citycell and Airtel are the operator and well established. Limited internet facility is there.

Inhabitants of the Island

At about seven thousand people lives in St Martin's Island and Fishing is largest profession of here. Every year the fishermen go to sea for catching fish. Maximum foods come here from the mainland and Myanmar. During the rainy season, the people lives here face many problems because the Bay of Bengal condition. In 1991 this was devastated by a cyclone. At present there is a hospital for the people of the island.

Best Season

St. Martin's Island is most popular tourist spot in Bangladesh. Every year tourist is getting increase for its beauty. In between November to February there have best weather and this time is best season for visit the Island.

St Martin's Island
St Martin's Island

Tourist Interest

St. Martin's Island has many natural beauties i.e Sandy Beach, Live Corals, Coconut Trees, Peaceful Environment and Deep Blue Water. In a day it may possible to walk around the island.

Chera Dip is the extension part of this coral island which increases the beauty of the island. Tourist should go there early and comeback before sunset because no people live in this part.

You can see sun rise and sunset from this island and near Saint Martin's Resort rocky peninsula is the best place for observing sunset.

About a millions of years old Rock formed from Coral is in the southern part of the Island. This place is known as Rock Beach and you may go there by foot. Surrounding the island you may see many Coral and Rock.
You may swim and bath into the water. Men and women both should avoid western dress for swimming. By boat you may enjoy the beauty and see the deep blue water.

Staying Facilities:

There have many hotels and Guesthouse (Coral Blue Resort, Bay of Bengal Guesthouse, Blue Marine Resort, and St Martin's Resort) for accommodation in the Island. You may get a room easily with your budget in St. Martin's Island. The island has no electricity facility but some hotels have generator service .At night you can make candle-lit diner easily.

There are many small shops; from here you can buy dry foods, dry fish, shoes, sandals, cosmetics, toiletries and others. The price is almost cheap. Here you may get different types of sea foods. Early morning you can get fresh fish from the fisherman, and give it to your hotel chef for fry it as you want.
For safety of the visitor there have naval security checking in St Martin Island.

Demerits

The natural environment damages because of its popularity. Tourist taking coral and St. Martian Island lost its natural beauty roughly because coral is one of the main beauties.

St. Martin's Island is coral island of Beautiful Bangladesh. After observing its panoramic beauty you will best pleasure. Visit St. Martin's Island for discover its beauty.




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