St. Martin (Island) is the only coral island in Bangladesh a small island St. Martin is in the
northeast part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf
It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of Myanmar at the mouth of the Naf River. Also
called (The local name) "Narical Gingira", also spelled "Narikel Janjina/Jinjera" and has an
extension named Chera Dwip.
St. Martin's Island is very popular tourist spot. Now, 3 (three) shipping liners run Everyday trips
to the island, including Sea-Truck and Keary-Sindbad. If you want to visit this land you can book
your trip either from Chittagong or from Cox's Bazar.
At high tide the island is about 3 miles around, and pinched in the middle. The island exists only
because of its coral base, so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beaches.
St Martin's Island is Bangladesh's only coral island, and for once the beaches actually match the
hype. The island is fairly small – about 8km in length and rarely more than 1km wide – so it’s
easy to navigate. Rickshaws are available, but you can also just walk around it from beach to
beach. The population lives primarily off fishing.
NAIREKEL JINJIRA :
The area around the jetty, on the northeast tip of the island, is called Narikeldia, where you'll
find a few hotels and restaurants. From here you’ll pass through the small village of Uttarpara
route to West Beach, which is the nicest place to stay. The southern part of the island is called
Dakshinpara. Even further south is Cherradhip, a thin strip of untouched land which is cut off
from the rest of the island at high tide.
A boat ride to Chera Dwip is a must do! You can either hire a speed boat or a local fishing boat
which will take to Chera Dwip. It is an extension to the island surrounded by coral. This
extended island has beautiful small beaches and Keya plantations – a great place to capture
some photos. This extension goes under water in high tide and is walkable otherwise. If you
dont’ want to come here by boat, you can walk to Chera dwip too.
SUNSET POINT :
Exciting things are yet to happen. After a day spent in walking, riding or boating or all three, you
can relax with your loved ones and the moon. There’s a rocky peninsula called Sunset Point
where you can moon-watch or stargaze. Stargazing or basking in the moonlight in Saint Martin’s
Island is on many tourists’ to-do list as there will be no electicity in the whole island after 10pm.
So the island is left in complete darkness and this is one of the only places in Bangladesh where
you can enjoy the true beauty of a starry night.
EXCITING FOODS :
Never leave a place without trying their food. Lined the beaches are hotels and restaurants
where you can sample local dish. Best set up by Narikel Jinjira Restaurant is a barbecue dinner
in the late afternoon. You can even buy fresh catch from the local fishermen and have them
barbecued for dinner. Delicious food for empty stomachs and best interior design for their eyes
to feast on. They intended to give the flavor and the environment with their visitors’ health in
mind. They let you “dine with a view”. But my favorite is the beach side huts that will bbq fresh
fish and crabs.
How to Go
Teknaf’s Damdmia to Saint Martin every morning 10 o’clock leave it ocean traffic utility ship. Of
the specification are- ‘Keari Sindbad’, ‘LCT Kutubdia’, ‘Eagle’, ‘LCT Kajol’ etc. These ‘Teknaf-
Saint Martin-Teknaf’ two way’s fare 600-1000 Taka. Time of low-tide main island are matching
Chera Dwip but time of high-tide a little space tourist be crossing boat. Who do not reach
walking there for Saint Martin wharf to Chera Dwip have engine boat and speedboat. Each per
fare of engine boat 150-200 Taka and reserve speedboat fare 1200-1500 Taka.
WHERE TO LIVE
Stay of Saint Martin as locations for the act good quality are hotel ‘Abokash porjoton Saint
Martin resort. To Dhaka tourist can booking this two hotels.
CTB Resort’s Executive Double room fare are 2000/- Taka, Executive Triple room 2400/- Taka,
Deluxe Double room 1600/- Taka, Two bed’s Taboo 1000/- Taka. Contact – +880 1552 555
550, +880 1199 791 588.
Saint Martin resort’s Executive room 2000/- Taka, Deluxe 1800/- Taka and different type of
cottage fare are daily 1200-2000/- Taka. Contact – 8358485, +880 1552 420 602.
without these Saint Martin’s different good quality hotels are – Blue Marine Resort, Preshad
Paradise, Shimana Paria, Nil Dogonto Resort etc.