blue of the Bay touches corals'
you becoming weary from performing regular duties? Tired
of working on a mountain of files on your desk? Do you want
to go where you can take it easy and relax? Be it a change
of weather and the shift of horizon to a venue where the
sky meets the limpid, blue water of the sea, it is tough
to find a really enjoyable place that may match your description
of a hear only site. The offshore island of Saint Martin's
is not a bad place.
Martin's, the island in the Bay of Bengal, teeming with
the footsteps of both home grown and foreign tourists, is
in peak season during winter.
serve as a retreat during the season before the monsoon.
Once you are all packed, don't forget to take the camera.
And it will be wise to take some first aid materials too.
If you come to the island you may hear the hue and cry along
of the tourists move indiscriminately. The scene is pretty
common. A few youths wearing shorts are playing cricket.
Some children are trying to swim in the Bay. Some giant
ships are in the Bay looking indistinct, anchored away from
the shore. Some couples, may be newly married, and are passing
their times under the shade of large umbrellas. Sea birds
are twittering and flying just at the shore level.
beauty of the "coral" will obviously pull you.
The retreat of the small oysters into their respective shell
may touch your heart with an emotional bang. The saluting
attitude of thousand of coconut trees will give you a majestic
mood. There is no polluting here. Sounds are heard with
a clarity from amazing distance. The air is very fresh.
The silence of the island always beckons the tourist to
enjoy a different world.
3.37 square kilometre of land of the offshore island is
surrounded by the blue waters of the Bay. The island-situated
22km away from the south mainland of Cox's Bazar, is plagued
by communication problems, making it difficult for the tourists
to travel over the island smoothly. For many of the tourists,
the wooden trawler, seems a vulnerable vehicle
it is a good thing that there are sea trucks services and
recently ship services has been launched. KEARI Sindbad
- a SOLAS (safety of live at sea) SHIP of KEARI Limited,
has recently been inaugurated here recently. KEARI Tours
and Services (KTS) - a front organization of KEARI Limited,
introduced the ship to operate between Teknaf and the coral
island of Saint Martin's.
vessel can move at a maximum speed of 12 Knots and able
to operate 37 kms into the sea even in the maritime cautionary
signal no 7 to 8 and carry 246 passengers excluding its
crew. The vessel leaves Teknaf at 9.30AM and 2.30PM to start
return journeys at 11AM and 5PM respectively every day and
ticket prices is TK. 300 for lower class and TK. 350 for
upper class (each including the return journey).
the sea truck regularly leaves the Teknaf land port to the
island at 10am and again returns from the island at 3pm.
The return ticket is TK 200. If you want to stay there one
or two days, there is accommodation too. Tourist company
"Prasad Paradise" build a two storied hotel where
you can get a room easily. The rent of the room is TK 1200
per night and there is a restaurant to take your meal. Besides,
you can visit the island and can make it back before sun
have to go to Cox's Bazar first. Later, two hours will be
needed to go to Teknaf by bus. Then you can easily take
a trip with the sea truck, or the wooden trawler and return
before nightfall. There are a few shops on the island. They
sell cast-off shells of oyster, snail and other marine mementor.
You can make your tour memorable by buying some of them!
from daily hubbub of the city life to dilute your heart
with the overwhelming beauty that the island has to offer.
Taking a bath in the crystal clear water among the corals,
salty water and enjoying the sweet water of a coconut, and
savouring the freshly fried Rupchanda fish with oysters
will revive your sprits. Feelings of despair, of frustrating
will be as if they never bothered you.
time when you say goodbye, the island, the blue water of
the Bay and the corals will remain forever etched in your
memory. A trip to St Martin's is an adventure worth talking