Saint Martin's Island is one of the most admired tourist places that get into the itinerary of travelers while planning long tours inside Bangladesh. This is the only coral island in the southernmost part of the mainland of Bangladesh, awake with the wonder of thousands of tourists. 9-km south of Teknaf in Cox's Bazar, at the estuary of the Naf River, this small island is proudly announcing its existence with an area of only 3 sq-km. The travel feature is created this time with details of this place of interest. Let’s have them.
How Saint Martin's Island got its name
Professor Mostafa Kamal Pasha and Professor Sheikh Bakhtiyar Uddin of the Department of Botany, University of Chittagong researched on Saint Martin's Island. According to Kamal Pasha, the island came to the notice of Arabian traders 250 years ago during trade with Southeast Asia. They then named the island 'Jazira' which means peninsula. Later the locals started calling it ‘Narical Gingira’ which means ‘Island of Coconuts’.
The island was annexed by British-India during a land survey in 1900 during British rule. Professor Bakhtiyar Uddin claimed that the island was named after Martin, the then Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong. But according to the Bangladesh Tourism Corporation's website, Martin was a Christian saint. However, the name of this saint later became associated with the island.
Why you should visit Saint Martin's Island
At first, flying and playing in the foamy sea of white Gangchils on the sea route from Teknaf to Saint Martin island will give you an intro to the upcoming endless joys. Although it consists of seven different neighborhoods, each of them is woven in a single thread-like pearl necklace. In the afternoon with a cup of tea, you can witness the best sunset of your life from the west coast of the island. There is no alternative to West Beach to dive into Saint Martin. Spend the morning on East Beach. East Beach takes on a magical look when the first rays of the sun catch your eyes by climbing the mountains of Myanmar.
Chheradwip is formed by relying on corals in the southernmost part of the island. It is called Chheradip because it gets separated from the main island during the monsoon season. In addition to sea and sunbathing, Saint Martin is also a great place for scuba diving, snorkeling, and barbecue. If you don’t stay there for at least one day, you will have to come back with lots of regrets.