Saint Martin Island travel information

Where is saint martin

The sole coral island in Bangladesh is Saint Martin’s. It is situated in Bangladesh’s most southern region of the country’s main geographic mass. A little island of 17 square kilometers, Saint martin’s Island lies 120 kilometers from the city of Cox’s Bazaar. In the local dialect, Saint martin’s is also referred to as coconut jinjira. One of Bangladesh’s most well-liked tourism spots is now the island. This island’s distinctive features—blue seas, an endlessly blue sky, and rows of coconut trees—attract tourists and make it a must-see destination.

Saint Martin Island travel information

How to Get to Saint Martin’s

The majority of ships sailing to Saint martin depart from Teknaf. Therefore, it is easier to travel to Teknaf in the Cox’s Bazar neighborhood if you wish to go to Saint martin. You can take a ship or trawler to Saint martin from Teknaf. It is convenient to travel immediately from Dhaka by bus to Teknaf, and from there, it is convenient to travel to Saint martin by ship or trawler. You can travel from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar and then from Teknaf to Saint martin if you want to visit Cox’s Bazar. Alternatively, you can travel straight to Saint martin using the MV Karnaphuli Express. The MV Bay One Ship has begun traveling from Chittagong to Saint martin at this time. The directions to Saint martin’s are provided below.

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How to go to Teknaf from Dhaka

From Dhaka, you can go directly to Teknaf by bus. Buses like Shyamoli, Saint martin Paribahan, St Martin’s Hyundai, Royal Coach, Tuba Line, S Alam, Modern Line, Green Line etc. go directly to Teknaf from Gabtoli, Kalabagan, Fakirapul, Sayedabad and Abdullahpur in Dhaka. Fares are usually between Tk 1,050 and Tk 2,200 depending on buses and classes. If you only want to go to St. Martin, then it is best to go to Teknaf directly from Dhaka. The bus left between 8pm and 10pm and reached Teknaf by 8am.

How to go to Teknaf via Cox’s Bazar

From Dhaka, you can first come to Cox’s Bazar and then from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf. Many buses like Green Line, Sohag, TR Travels, Shyamoli, Hanif, Saudia, Eagle, S Alam, Silk Line, Saint martin etc. leave for Cox’s Bazar every day from Dhaka. Depending on the bus, the fare is usually between Tk 900 and Tk 2500. You can also go to Cox’s Bazar directly from Dhaka by air.

Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf: From Cox’s Bazar, you can go to Teknaf by hiring local buses / micro / jeeps / CNG. The bus fare from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf is Tk 150 and CNG fare is Tk 250 per person. It takes about two hours to go to Teknaf depending on the situation. And if you want to catch the morning ship, you have to leave Cox’s Bazar for Teknaf in the morning (by 6 pm).

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How to go to Teknaf from Chittagong

S Alam and Saudia buses left for Teknaf at 12:00 am from Cinema Palace in Chattogram. Apart from this, some buses from GSE GaribullahShah Shrine and Dampara also run on Chattogram-Teknaf route. It will cost Tk 550-1200 to go from Chittagong to Teknaf bus.

How to go from Teknaf to Saint Martin

Usually from November to March, several ships/ships come from Teknaf to Saint martin every day. The ships operating on teknaf-Saint martin route include Kairi Sindabad, Kairi Cruise and Dine, MV Farhan, Atlantic etc. It takes two hours to two and a half hours to go from Teknaf to Saint martin by ship.

According to the class and quality of the ship, the ticket fare to and from St. Martin ranges from 850 to 1600 taka. From Teknaf Jetty Ghat, the ships leave for Saint martin’s at 9.00-9.30 am every day. Returns from Saint martin’s at 3:00-3:30 p.m. Ship tickets to Saint martin’s are usually accompanied by going and coming. You have to mention when you’ll be back at the time of ticketing.

Ships usually run for five months from November to March/April. At other times, you have to go by trawler or speedboat. The sea is rough the rest of the time except during the winter season, so it is not safe to travel during this time. Trawlers, speedboats and freight trawlers depart from Teknaf Namarbazar Bridge or Jetty Ghat. The fare to Saint martin’s by trawler is Tk 250-350. It’s more or less seasonal and passenger-wise. It takes about 3 hours. If you go to a trawler or speedboat, there is a lot of rolling, so going to the ship is the best way.

Resorts and Hotels in Saint Martin’s

There are many quality resorts, hotels and cottages for staying at night in Saint martin. It is convenient to book in advance if you go on holidays. But if you want, you can go there and decide the resort of choice. Popular resorts in Saint martin include :

Blue Marine Resort: Blue Marine Resort is located very close to the ferry pier on Saint martin’s Island. In Blue-Marine Resort, the rent of double bedroom with AC is Tk 15000 and non-AC Tk 5000, the rent of triple red room is Tk 3000, the rent of six bedrooms is Tk 4000 and the rent of ten bedrooms is Tk 5000. Contact: 01817 060065

Palace Paradise Resort: Crossing the Blue Marine Resort through Saint martin’s Market and moving a little further north, the beautiful Palace Paradise. It will cost Tk 2000-5000 to rent any one of the 16 rooms of different types. Contact: 01995 539248, 01883 626003

Neel Digante Resort: Located in the corner of South Beach on Saint martin’s Island, the resort on the blue horizon is located a short distance from the jetty. It will cost 1500-5000 taka to stay in different types of cottage type rooms of the resort on the blue horizon. Contact: 0173 005 1004

Prince Heaven Resort: Prince Heaven Resort, adjacent to Palace Paradise on North Beach, has a total of 24 rooms and a restaurant. The room rent at Prince Haven Resort is Rs 1,500-3,500. Contact: 01995 539 246, 01883 626 002

Labiba Bilas Resort: The current name is The Atlantic Resort. Located in West Beach, the resort has 43 rooms for the night. And to stay here, you will have to spend from 3500 to 12000 taka. Contact: 01700 969 212, 01834 267 922

Dream Night Resort: Dream Night Resort, located at the end of West Beach, has the opportunity to accommodate 2 to 4 people in each room. To stay in this resort, you will have to spend from 1500 to 3500 taka. Contact: 01825 656326, 01730 235002

Sayari Eco Resort: Sairi Eco Resort located in Nazrul Para on South Beach is unique in aesthetics. Sairi Eco Resort has the opportunity to spend the night in 18 rooms of different categories from 1500 to 3000 taka. Contact: 01610 555500

There are also Coral Blue, Mermaid, Dipantar, Panna Resort, Sea Coral, Sea Inn, Hotel SagarPar, Riyadh Guest House, Hotel Sapno Prabal, Shravan Vilas, Sunset View etc.

Where to eat at Saint Martin’s

Usually, most resorts have food. First know if there is food in the resort where you will be staying. Bengali food with various dishes of sea fish is arranged almost everywhere. Barbecue is available in resorts and resorts. There are several eateries near Saint martin’s Market. If you want, you can eat food from them. If you want to return during the day instead of staying at night, you will get food from the hotels of that field market.

Some of the hotels and restaurants where you can eat are Kairi Marjan Restaurant, Beach Point, Hotel Allar Dan, Bazar Beach, Assam Hotel, Sea Beach, Saint martin, Comilla Restaurant, Real Restaurant, Haji Selim Park, Saint martin Tourist Park, Hotel Sadek etc. But of course, check the food and prices a little bit.

What to eat at Saint Martin’s

The most famous thing in Saint martin’s is the dub, which is sweet and delicious at the same time. If you go to Saint martin’s, you should do at least one dab test. For those who like to eat fish, Saint martin’s Coral, Sundari Poya, Hilsa, Rupchanda, Lobster, Kalachanda etc. are waiting with different types and flavors. All resorts and hotels have the opportunity to buy fish in their own way and do barbecue. And if you get a chance, you can eat kura (the native chicken is called kura). There is also a treasure trove of unknown dried fish such as laita, knife, silver, kachki, etc. Apart from this, if you go to summer time, you can eat watermelon there.

What to do and what to watch

Those who return from Saint martin’s day after day may regret it later, so it is best to stay in Saint martin’s at least one day. Just as you can visit the whole island, this joyous journey will always captivate you.

Day Long Trip: Those who go on a day long trip due to lack of time, do not waste time off the ship and go directly to West Beach or Main Beach with a van. For this, you will have to pay 150 to 200 taka van fare. It takes 20 to 25 minutes to walk here, but it is not right to waste time on a day long trip. This place is good for getting into the water, so if you want to come to the beach, you can soak in clean water. No matter what you do, keep in mind that you have to be free before 2 o’clock or you will not even get time to eat. And of course you have to reach the ship before 3 o’clock. If you have time, you can visit Humayun Ahmed’s cottage near Main Beach. This type of trip to Saint martin’s will limit you to time, so come to Saint martin with at least a one-day plan.

1 night 2 day plan: Those who come to Saint martin’s with a one-day plan, get off the ship and get into the hotel. After eating lunch, you can come to the torn island with a light rest. Try to leave before 4 o’clock, then you can return to the island after seeing the sunset. Sunsets on torn islands are great, but don’t be too late after sunset. In the evening, you can return to the main island and chat at the market jetty or set up a music concert anywhere in West Beach. You can do it at the resort in case of bar-b-q at night. The price of fish in the resort is slightly higher, but the fish remain fresh. Or you can barbecue and eat fish of your choice at a nearby hotel. Spend the next morning walking around or if you haven’t been to the torn island the day before, visit the torn island in the morning. Return before noon, take a shower, eat lunch, and slowly board the scheduled ship by 2:30 p.m.

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Saint Martin’s Travel costs

How much any trip will cost will be entirely up to you. The cost also depends on how you go, where you stay, what you eat and what to do. During the peak season (December-January) or holidays, food and other expenses will be a little higher. Here is a list of expenses to give an idea of how much it will cost to travel from Dhaka to Saint martin, including staying and eating for a night in a low-cost and fairly quality hotel. From which you can get some idea of the cost.

* Travel costs
Bus tickets – Rs 2,200 (non-AC), Rs 2,800-4,400 (AC).
Ship/ship rental – Tk 850 (open deck), Tk 1100-1600 (AC) with to and from.
Chera Island – Tk 200 to go by trawler.
Local travel – The van fare to or around Saint martin’s market is Tk 150-200.
Other expenses – Rs 200.

* Cost of food
Journey day – Dinner at stops is Tk 100-200.
Day 1 – Breakfast Tk 60-100, lunch Tk 120-220 and dinner/bar BQ Tk 200-300.
Day 2 – Breakfast Tk 60-100, lunch Tk 120-220.
Return day – Dinner at stops is Tk 100-200.

If you want, it is possible to eat at a lower cost. Going to the hotels inside the market and eating ordinary food will reduce the cost a lot.

* Cost of living
Standard hotel/resort couple room or double bed 1500-3000 taka. On the market side, a fairly quality hotel is 800-1200 taka. It’s a very peak season and fares will go up a little more on public holidays. If there are a few people in one room, the cost will be reduced by dividing. Except for peak season and holidays, the cost will be even lower. Also, if you want to stay at a lower cost, you can stay in the house of local people for less money, so you have to find and talk a little bit.

Saint Martin’s Travel Package

Several travel agencies offer Saint martin’s travel packages during the season. Travel packages typically include Saint martin’s 1 night or 2 night stays, travel expenses, food expenses and more. The cost of the Saint martin’s travel package depends on what quality ship to go to, what quality resort to put in and other facilities. Usually, the package prices of tour agencies are between Rs 5,500 and Rs 10,000 per person, including those coming from Dhaka.

Bus tickets, ship tickets and bookings at the resort there can seem troublesome to many. If you don’t want to organize everything yourself, if you want to reduce the hassle, then you can visit Saint martin in a tour agency package.

Travel tips and precautions

  • Saint martin’s is an asset of our country, so do not do anything that harms nature.
  • Mobile frequencies are low in Saint martin’s. It can be difficult to talk. However, Teletalk works relatively well.
  • At present, the BGB patrols Saint martin’s regularly, they often forbid tourists from staying in the beach or jetty area after 12 o’clock in the night.
  • Throw garbage in the right place. Please don’t leave plastic/polythene on the beach.
  • You can go to other days instead of going to holidays to stay and eat Saint martin’s at a low cost.
  • Today, many hotels and cottages have been built in Saint martin, there is no shortage of places to stay.
  • For anything in the tourist area, you will bid for shopping.
  • If there are more people, you can buy ship tickets in advance.
  • Don’t fall prey to brokers. Do everything yourself.
  • If you want, you can buy packages of Saint martin from different agents in Cox’s Bazar.
  • When you go to Saint martin, you will see the most beautiful view from the deck of the ship.
  • Be careful when you go to sea.

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