Corals Paradise in Bangladesh

Corals,Clear blue water and the several  endangered species of turtles that nest on the island become a major tourist attraction. Every years St. Martin Island visitor population has increased dramatically. Bangladesh is really proud of it’s Island and could earn millions of dollars every year if it well promotes at the same time be concern about its natural conservation and protection.

St. Martin Island, November 2010. Exciting live corals at Chera Dwip. Copy Right: Monirul Alam

A few days ago I visited to St. Martin Island  with my family members. They are really enjoy its beauty  and said, “It’s a paradise for us, if we are not to come here we really missed it’s beauty I like it’s non stop roaring said my sister-in-law Mimi,a mother of Pritha and Adiba.

My mother is happy to see its beauty and I think this Island  is good for her health. St. Martin Island is one of the best place in Bangladesh, especially in winter time. The dumbbell-shaped island has area of only about 8 sq. km which reduces to about 5 sq. km. during the high tide. Three smaller islands- Zinjira, Galachira and Cheradia are located just the south of the main island.

I think every tourist amazed to see its beauty each and every moment except a few minutes high tide on the Sea Trucks ride, During my visit I observed a number of foreign and local visitors enjoying  their holiday. A rocky platform surrounds this island and extends into the sea,but the sand is excellent almost all the way around and is ideal for sunbathing.Its  fascinating to see so many different types of fish drying in the sun on endless bamboo racks along the beach. In the morning you will walk up to view a Sun rising over the mountain’s of Myanmar while you see the Sun down on the Sea and you took a beautiful picture in front of corals.The people there are very friendly but concern about your important  wealth.

St. Martin Island November 2010. The Sea fish is available at St. Martine Island. Copy Right: Monirul Alam

Zahid and Nila a newly married couple 1st time visit at St. Martine Island and enjoy their honeymoon. They said, “We really enjoy its beauty with our pleasure specially we like Chera Dwip causes its silent mode and crystal clear blue water with corals and sea food”.

St. Martin’s Island 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 to Teknaf surrounded by water, 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 surrounding coral rock’s of the island has an extension named Chera Dwip. If you not to go Chera Dwip I think you miss half of it’s beauty.

St. Martin Island, November 2010. A beautiful light fall on the corals at sea beach of St.Martine Island. Copy Right: Monirul Alam

Local officials see a certain risk in Saint Martin’s success with tourists, with some people hunting turtles and breaking off corals to sell to visitors. The island exists only because of its coral base, so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beaches. St. Martins has lost roughly 27% of its coral reef in the past 14 years. From Teknaf, ferries run daily to Saint Martin. It takes around 2.30 hours to reach the island, and most tourists visit the island from November to March.

2 December,2010 Thursday

Dhaka, Thursday

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