Exploring Chhera Dip by walking

St Martin's Island, Bangladesh


Chhera Dip is located at the southern portion of the St Martin's island. A small island that looks adjacent to the main island, but it gets separated from the main island during high tide. That time the boats are only option to cross the 30-40 ft wide water barrier. Our plan was to go there and we did that by walking.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
During your walking you'd find such things throughout the island.



We have started our walking in morning just after the breakfast. It was at the middle of winter but the weather there was very hot during day time. We have walked beside the white sandy beach of the island most of the time. As we had plenty of time on hand, we have wandering aimlessly around the beach. Thats why we required more than usual time to reach at the Chhera Dip.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh


When we have reached at the Chhera dip, it was 2:00am in afternoon. We have decided to have a fresh bath at the sea water before the lunch. This portion of the island was having less crowd interestingly. Didn't find anyone swimming in the water. So initially got confused about jumping inside water. Also the whole island was packed with numerous sharp corals. We started to find a suitable place at where we could able to swim.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
A road that goes between the Keya bushes.



We have selected a place at the south-east portion of the Chhera Dip. That place was having three sides were blocked with corals and only one side was open for water entering. That's why even during a high tide, the place was really tideless and tranquil. We have swam there for around 2 hours. Though the weather was hot but the water was cold like winter. Nothing could stop us from doing the water funs.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh


I have taken my swimming glass with me. Using such glass you could easily see the underwater clearly. You just need to take a deep breath and submerge under the water. Based on your breath holding capability you could pass around a minute under the water and observe the colorful fishes there. My swimming glass provided us a vicarious experience of scuba diving.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
Even this small island has a country road.



It was low tide before our water sport. But the water level was rising interim with day progress for the advent high tide. We had to shift our knapsacks several times for rising water. Before 40 minutes of sunset, we have leaved the place and started returning to the hotel room. we were walking at the western side of the Chhera Dip so that we can observe the sunset.


St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
Middle of the island, beside locality.



I was walking slowly and collecting colorful sea mussels from the sandy beach under the golden rays of sunset. When we have reached at the joining point of main island and Chhera dip, it was completely separated due to high tide. Luckily the water was around 1-2 ft which we have crossed easily by a careful walking. Sun was totally gone by the time.


A road (mainly a boundary) that leads towards the beach.



As the sun is gone the weather was pleasant. Few of us were tired, so we were walking slowly. I had a torch light with me, but tried to avoid that as long as we could. Trust me, it was different feelings of returning from Chhera dip after the darkness. There was no moon in sky. It was the time around null moon.


Chhera dip bangladesh



Chhera dip bangladesh



Chhera dip bangladesh
A facade made from Keya bushes.



Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh
At Chhera Deep finally.



Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh
A park like place...!



Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh
Crystal clear water.



Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh


Chhera dip bangladesh
Our swimming pool.












We were playing inside water.






This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



Saturday, 21 January 2012


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