St. Martin’s is a small coral island in the northeastern 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 beautiful and one of the most attractive tourist spot for locals and foreign tourists alike.

Beautiful view of sunset from Teknaf

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What to expect on the island

St Martin Island is perfect for visitors who are truly interested in escaping the big city life. Due to its clear blue water, white beaches, countless coconut trees, and delicious seafood, the Bangladeshi people make their way to this isolated island during the winter peak season.

Beach in St-martin’s Island
Beach activities in St. Martin’s Island - Photo credit Sajjad A Chaudhury

Exploring The Island

There is no electricity on the Island, no motor vehicles, not even motorcycles, flatbed three wheels cycle-rickshaws are the only mode of transportation apart from walking. Hotels are dependent on generators in the evenings for a few hours, as the island is all about sun, sea and beach sports. During the day, the island comes alive and gets really crowded with water and beach sports, and in the evening more relaxing with beach parties and bonfires lighting up the evening skies.

Boat trip around St. Martin Island
Boat trip around St. Martin Island
St. Martin’s Island - Bangladesh
Only available mode of Transport on the island

Activities On The Island

Most of the attractions are concentrated around the far north of the island. From the port, walk through a strip of makeshift restaurants and shops, and hit a T-intersection. Left will take you to the eastern beaches, while a right turn will take you along the main road where most of the hotels are, ending at the north-west part of the island.

Water activities in St Martin’s Island
Water activities in St Martin’s Island
Street food on the island
Street food on the island

Just Naming a Few Things To Do Here

  • Enjoy the beautiful view of Sunrise & Sunset.
  • Walk on the white sandy beach and enjoy beach activities.
  • Exploring Coral.
  • Experience a peaceful moonlit night.
  • Dinner at the local restaurant.
  • Boat tour around the island.
  • Explore the island on foot.
  • Try out local street food.
  • Scuba diving.

How Did I Go There

There are several ways to get to St. Martin’s Island from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. I took a short hour-long flight to Cox’s Bazar.

Regent Airways, Bangladesh
Regent Airways shuttling between Dhaka & Coz's Bazar

Guided Tour

There are guided tours available from Dhaka, Chittagong or from Cox’s Bazar, they usually combine sightseeing, lunch and a few sightseeing stops on the way. Get Your Guide is the one I recommend.

Arrival at Cox’s Bazar Airport

Cox’s Bazar Airport is very tiny, I felt like my private airport. The short flight from Dhaka was comfortable and I was there with no time. 

Road Trip From Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf

Spending a night in cox’s bazar is the best thing I did during my trip to St. Martin’s Island. Rent a bike and go as far as you can along the beach. Watch the beautiful sunset and have some delicious local food at one of the beachfront restaurants.

I would recommend exploring the famous Himchori beach located about 18 km south of the Cox’s Bazar. This place is beautiful with waterfalls and hills. Great place for photography away from the seasonal crowds

From the Cox’s Bazar airport took a microbus to Teknaf Port Jetty from where all the ships depart for St. Martin’s island. The road trip was definitly a great experience on those mumpy highways.

Cruise from Teknaf to St. Martin’s Island

The only way to get to Saint Martin’s Island is by sea from Teknaf Ferry Terminal. I took the 9:00 am ship or Sea Trucks for a 3 hours long journey. You can hire a speedboat that is faster but definitely unsafe to cross the deep sea.

Cruising Through Naf River

Cruising through the Naf river for a while before entering the deep sea. It was picture perfect view on  the both side of the river that divides Bangladesh on the right and Myanmar on the left.

Day Tripper Returning by 3 o’clock boat 

End of the day - Heading back to Teknaf
End of the day - Heading back to Teknaf

Where Did I Stay In Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fantasy Hotel & Resort, St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh

Fantasy Hotel & Resort, is a nice hotel located at Dulpara, St. Martin’s Island, not that far from the island ship port. There are a few luxury rooms and family rooms available. It is within walking distance to places of interest.

Sunset Serenity, St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh

Sunset Serenity hotel is located in Jaliapara, St. Martin’s Island. Facing the beachfront, Sunset Serenity features a restaurant and a garden. They have a private beach area, BBQ facilities, and free WiFi throughout the property.  ​

Have Local Food in St. Martin’s Island

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to St Martin Island, Bangladesh? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being in St. Martin, Bangladesh, and want to go back again. Hope my story has motivated you to visit. 

Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you to improve my knowledge. 

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Hasan Mahmud

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