St Martin’s island is located near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.St Martin’s is a small island in the northeast part of
the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost
part of Bangladesh. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh. It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of
Myanmar at the mouth of the Naf River. The local name of the island is “Narical Gingira”, also spelled “Narikel
Janjina/Jinjera”, translated from Bangla, meaning ‘Coconut Island’.
St. Martin’s has become a popular tourist spot. Currently, three shipping liners run daily trips to the island,
including Sea-Truck and Keary-Sindbad. Tourists can book their trip either from Chittagong or from Cox’s Bazar. The
surrounding coral reef of the island has an extension named Chera Dwip.
St Martin’s Island is perfect for visitors who are truly interested in escaping the holds of a modern world. Do not
expect to find taxis, tarred roads or electricity here. Lodges are dependant on generators, as the island is all
about sun, sea and palm trees. During the day, the island comes alive with water and beach sports, with beach
parties and bonfires lighting up the evening skies. For the use of a phone or a reminder of what a television set
looks like, visitors can pop down to the Coast Guard station.