Monday, February 08, 2016

St. Martin's Island

 

St. Martin's Island (Summary Video of our Tour)

St. Martin's Island is one of my most favorite place in Bangladesh. It's a small island only covered by 8 square kilometres of area. Some people call it Narical Jinjira, means Coconut Island. Chera Dwip and Daruchini Dwip is a part of this island. It's the only coral island in Bangladesh. About 250 years ago some Arabian Sailors named this Island ‘Zajira’. British period this island was named St. Martin's Island. There is no electricity in this island. As a result during day time the island becomes alive by the people but at night it become calm and quite. The gentle, soft breeze comes from the sea. The moonlight night will give you an awesome experience. Old days people use Hurricane (lamp) at night but now a day's generator electricity becomes available.

It's one of the best place in Bangladesh. It's totally different than Cox's Bazar beach. Its clam and quite, clean blue water and long coral beach. We used to go to the beach in the morning and evening. Walk around the beach in the evening and at night after dinner. We saw the running star at night. The majority of the Island's inhabitants lives primarily off fishing. Dry fish of this island is very popular. I can remember some of the popular dry fish names: Rupchanda, Lakkha, Churi, Loitta etc. Some people earn their livelihood by selling coconuts.



Transportation

You can go to the St. Martin's Island from Teknaf. Buses go to Teknaf from Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and from other districts as well. We have Airport in both Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar. From Teknaf go to Ship Station and you will get Ship or Shallow engine boat to go to St. Martin's Island. About 3 hours journey from Teknaf to St. Martin.

M. V. Green Line - 1 is an air-conditioned ship service from Teknaf to St. Martin's island. It's a two storied ship that has 131 comfortable seats to provide safe and comfortable journey to the tourists. This ship starts from Teknaf at 9.30 am and from St. Martin's island at 3.30 pm every day. The fare for business class is tk 750 (top floor) while economy class is tk 600(ground floor). This ship starts from the 1st November, 2015 and until now their service is excellent.

I have visited St. Martin's twice. 1st in 2009 and 2nd in 2015. Lot's of thing have been changed during this years. Previously the resorts was limited and only few ship and Shallow engine boat used to come here. Now a days resorts are available and new ship launched. Bicycle becomes available, you can hire one and move around the whole island. It was clam and quite in old days but now during vacations it becomes crowded. 

2nd Journey: 15th to 17th December, 2015

About our 2nd trip: It was a sudden trip, though we planned it few months ago but not sure about the final destination. We booked our hotel room two weeks ago as a result we got the chance to stay there only for three days. For this type of trip you have to book hotel room, bus ticket and ship ticket as well as return ticket minimum one three weeks ago. We started for St. Martin's Island on 15th December night by Green Line bus from Dhaka. Reached Teknaf next morning 10.30 am and finally got into the Green Line water bus. It takes 2 hours to reach St. Martin's Island. By rickshaw we reached our hotel called Somudra Kutir Resort. Rent per night 2500 tk. It's a nice resort with some good facilities, like Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, BBQ (fish, chicken). 16th December we visited Chera Dwip and Daruchini Dwip arranged by the resort manager. Next day we returned Dhaka.

This is an unforgettable tour and remarkable for many reasons. The nature, sea food, weather, shooting stars at night, hospitality of the resort manager and the local people makes it a special one. The mouth-watering test of sea fish (fish BBQ) was delicious.

Picture of our 2nd St. Martin's Tour


M. V. Green Line - 1 St.Martin's Island
M. V. Green Line - 1
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
Sea Fish BBQ at St. Martin's Island
Sea Fish BBQ
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
Fishermen catching fish in St. Martin's Island.
Fish
Daruchini Dwip.
Daruchini Dwip
Daruchini Dwip.
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island.
St. Martin's Island
We are with local kids
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
Fishing boats in St. Martin's Island
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip.
Sea Snail
Sea Snail
Chera Dwip
Daruchini Dwip
Daruchini Dwip.
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip
Chera Dwip
We
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
Sea Fish
Sea Fish
সমুদ্র কুটির রিসোর্ট
Somudra Kutir Resort
Lotus Flower at Somudra Kutir Resort
Somudra Kutir Resort
সমুদ্র কুটির রিসোর্ট
Lotus Flower
St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island
Local Kid
Sea Fish BBQ at St. Martin's Island
Sea Fish BBQ


Sea Birds of St. Martin's Island
Sea Birds



Video of St. Martin

Sea Bird's of St. Martin's


Video of Chera Dwip


Video of Daruchini Dwip

1st Journey: 29th October 2nd November, 2009

About Our 1st Trip: It was a study tour from the university of my friend's and I joined them as a guest. We went to Cox's Bazar by bus from Dhaka. Next morning from Teknaf we start for St. Martin with a ship called L.C.T Kutubdia around 9am. Everyday maybe four ships go to St. Martin from Teknaf and they return around 4.00 PM. Prices vary depending on which ship you use. Average price are 550 taka including return ticket. Cabins are also available at Tk 1500 to 2500.

We stayed in a hotel call Blue Marin Resort. It's walking distance from the beach. Most important thing is that there is no electricity in that island. Up to 10 to 11 am hotel supply power using generator. After that you have to use lamp.

Picture of our 1st St. Martin's Tour


Boat on the Naf River
L.C.T Kutubdia
St. Martin's Island
Somudro Bilash


Drinking Green Coconut
Night Lamp

Coral
Coral



Fishermen repairing their net

Rupchanda Fish of St. Martin
Rupchanda Fish of St. Martin

Dry Rupchanda Fish
Dry Rupchanda Fish




St. Martin's Island in Google Map

 



14 comments:

  1. I wish I could go there. Very nice place. Keep posting new places. Bye.

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  2. this tour was one of my memorable tour of my life. because it was a study tour cum group tour. we had fun all the time that we spend in there. specially at night when we walked through the beach at around 2 or 3 a.m. Saint-Martin island is always first choice of our tour.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I am ready to go again anytime. Just make a plan and inform me.

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  3. St. Martin island is in Cox’s Bazaar district in Bangladesh. It is the hub of colourful fishes and corals who are very restless to make others happy.

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  4. It is the hub of colourful fishes and corals who are very restless to make others happy. The onlookers are their target group whom they overwhelm by their hospitality.

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  5. More I read this article more I able to visualize your tour. Your articulate blog made me more motivated to visit this place before I die :) Thanks for your good work.

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    1. Thanks for such a wonderful comments. I will send you there in your honeymoon just waiting for the good news... :P

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