St.Martin's

Published on August 11th, 2013 | by abulkashem

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Saint Martin’s Island, a growing tourist destination in Bangladesh

Saint Martin’s Island is the only coral island in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 10 km south-west of the tip of the Teknaf peninsula under Chittagong division of Bangladesh.Myanmar Coastal area is around 8 km south-east from the Island. Locally, it is called Narikel Jinjira which means Coconu Island. Its so peaceful and clean that you will be lucky not to be bitten by the mosquitos. You can walk the entire island in a day and its only around 8 km while during high tide it shrinks to 5 km. Most of locals(around 7000 inhabitants) are invloved highly with fishing and some of them also live on Cultivating Rice and Coconuts. You will find out varieties of sea fishes as well as dried ones during the peak time of October and April. For moving across the Island you will find only Rickshaws but no taxis or vehicle to be found. The island is about Palm trees, Sun and the Sea. So during the day time you can enjoy any beach sports you like and lay on the sand and watch the waves of the sea. There is no electricity in there but the hotels now provide Generator driven electricity for a couple of hours after the sun set.

St. Martins Island-Narikel jinjira
tourist season. Between March and July, a tourist must keep his eyes on the forecast keenly, as cyclone can strike during these times. The island was devastated by a cyclone in 1991 but has fully recovered, and was untouched by the 2004 tsunami. Thus, March to July is tourist off season. The best weather is for you in between November and February. and yes, this is the prime time for the tourism. Though you can travel in between March and July we usually call it off peak months, but all you need is to be updated by regular weather forcasting, as cyclone may hit during these times. The island was destroyed by the 1991 cyclone , though was untouched by the 2004 tsunami.
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