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  • KISH Kish is a resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. The island has a population of about 25,000. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated 1.3 million people visit the island annually. Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010. The area of the island is 91.5 km².The Island has a beautiful coral beaches and nature of various plants and animals.

 

 

 Kish Tourist Attractions

 

Kish has a variety of tourist attractions that can be of much interest to a wide category of tourists. Its untapped nature, beautiful beaches with soft sands and green areas, alongside the clear azure waters of the Persian Gulf have created a unique combination and a calm area.

Due to the short time the tourists have for visiting many places on the island, they usually prefer to visit the following attractions:

 

The Ancient Town of Harireh

Most probably the ancient town of Harireh is the same town mentioned by the renowned Persian poet Saadi in his book Golestan.

According to the writings of Iranian and Arab historians, the town of Harireh had been located in the center of the northern part of the island, where the ruins of the city can be seen today.

Visiting this ancient town is an opportunity to familiarize the island’s history while having a nice time at the Green Tree Recreational Complex, situated near the ancient city.

 

Ancient water cellars

 The inhabitants of Kish, in the past, used a kind of traditional storage system to gather rainwater. These storages were dug in the ground and built with a domed roof. With the emergence of water desalination facilities, these storages lost their significance. But their remains are still  an interesting site for tourists to visit.

 

Underground Town of Cariz

The Kish qanat is more than 2,500 years old, and currently it has been converted into an underground town at a depth of 16 meters below the surface, with an area of more than 10,000 sqm. It is amazing to visit for the tourists.

In the reconstruction of this qanat named Cariz, spaces have been allocated to handicraft stalls, restaurants and traditional teahouses, amphitheaters, conference centers, and art galleries.  Efforts have been made to protect the traditional and historic fabric of the site.

 

Sunset by the Greek Ship

Many years ago, for some unknown reason, a Greek cargo ship got close to Kish’s coasts and was stuck in the mud. Watching the sunset beside this ship is fascinating and interesting. This situation created to rest near the ship is very popular with tourists.

 

Kish Beaches

The coral beaches of Kish sparkle in the sunlight. This is something, which the sandy beaches of many resort areas around the world do not offer. The seawater near the beach is crystal clear and one can see the bottom of the sea up to a far distance. This is, surely, due to the corals around the island, which purify the water as well as relative to its area, Kish has one of the longest beach stretches. Unlike the crowded beaches elsewhere, the beach here is a relaxing and peaceful place.  The fish and other marine life in the coastal waters of Kish are very unique. Visitors lose track of time when watching these species which are easily visible. The best quality edible fish is caught here. The coastal waters of Kish are among the safest in the world. There are no sharks and swimming is totally safe. You can have memorable time, enjoyable sunbathing in the beaches.

 

Traditional Water Reservoir

One of the traditional methods of reserving water on Kish Island in ancient times was construction of water reservoirs.

A Twin Water Reservoir with five wind catchers in the shape of Yazd city architecture was built within the boundary of Harireh Ancient City near The Aged Banyan (Lour) Tree Park in 1993 for collecting rainwater where an ancient water reservoir was located.

This traditional water reservoir lost its main function due to the construction works in Kish which resulted in destruction of rainwater paths with passing time.

The unique architecture of this building reminds us of the old days. This attraction is very impressive and worth visiting for locals and foreign tourists.

 

Dolphin Park Complex

In a big beautiful garden of 70 hectares, where very nice bougainvilleas are wrapped around palm trees, and green plants and colorful flowers present a different nature to the visitors, for the first time in the Middle East, sea mammals and penguins entertain the children and adults alike. More than 20 dolphins, sea lions, sea cats, sea boars, and white whales jump, cruise forward and backward, clap, snore and throw balls in the largest manmade pool on Kish Island as well as the Bird Zoo, Underwater Aquarium,  Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Silkworm House, and Erupting Volcano are other amusing sectors of the palm grove of the southeastern tip of Kish Island, which attract thousands daily. The visitors enjoy watching many different kind of birds from all over the world, especial and rare cactuses and orchids, the metamorphosis of silkworms and cruising of fish in their natural environments during the daytime, and the erupting of an artificial volcano at nights.

 

Aquarium

Aquatic life in the Persian Gulf is diverse and very interesting. The clear waters along the beach give tourists an easy view of the variety of fish species. You can also take a ride in a glass-bottom boat and see the fish that swim a little further away from the shore. The Kish aquarium is located within the Art Center displaying a variety of unique marine species of the Persian Gulf.  If you do not scuba dive to get a first hand view of the natural habitat of the colorful fish, a visit to the aquarium will be an alternative. We recommend that all tourists take the time to visit the aquarium.

 

Kish Sea Turtles

The surrounding waters of the coral Island of Kish are habitats for hawksbill and Green turtle species. Green turtles mostly come to Kish waters for feeding while the hawksbill turtles that are facing an extremely high risk of extinction come out on the preserved beaches for egg-laying largely along the southern and western coasts of the Island between mid-March and early August. Which is so amazing is, female sea turtles return to the same beaches where they originally hatched to lay their own eggs. After coordination with "Kish Sea Turtles Conservation & Monitoring Center", during the breeding season and primarily under cover of darkness, tourists can enjoy watching the sea turtles' digging out a nest hole to lay eggs, also the baby sea turtles emerging from their nests and go exactly through the water and enter the Persian Gulf waters as if they knew it before.

 

The Green Tree Complex

At the end of the longest ancient alluvial path in Kish, surface waters run into the north of the island, to a valley known as the Portuguese Valley, making it a particularly green area.   The Green Tree Complex is built around one of the island's oldest lure trees.   The greenery of the enclosure, the buildings, wooden parapets and pavements reminds you the northern parts of Iran.  But, one of the factors attracting tourists to this area is the legendary awe of the Green Tree.  This is the island's oldest lure tree, and has a life of probably 500-600 years.   Thread or material can be seen knotted on the tree branches, making it appear holy at first sight.  Some believe this is an auspicious tree, and so tie pieces of material to it to make their wishes come true.  "The Green Tree Complex", with its beautiful alcoves and numerous barbecue areas has been renovated for the visitors to rest. The pavements lit with lanterns among the evergreen spaces ornate with colorful bourgainvillia flowers, all lure you toward the main attraction of the complex. A prayer room, seasonal restaurant, buffets and lavatories are also available in this complex.  The Green Tree Complex is bordering to two important tourist attractions in Kish and has two entrances.  One of them is a common door with the "Harireh ancient city", and the other is next to the "Traditional water reservoir".  Both places are within walking distance of the Green Tree Complex.

 

Kish Buggy Track

The 400 meter off-road buggy track offers buggy rides in two-seater off-road buggies on Kish Island. Recreational sport tours are also held for buggy riders to drive all the way to some tourist attractions such as Hoor Hut and Greek Ship, The Aged Banyan Tree, with a professional guide in front on a 4 wheel ATV.

 

Grand Recreational Pier

Kish Grand Recreational Pier was built with steel piling and wooden decks with four side-deck spaces by Iranian experts. Tourists can enjoy the natural sights from this pier while watching the colorful fish species of Kish coral beaches.

  • The Greek Ship
  • The Qanat
  • Underground Town of Cariz
  • The Green Tree Complex
  • Dariush Grand Hotel
  • Dariush Grand Hotel
  • Dive in Kish
  • Aquarium
  • Dolphin Park Complex
  • Dariush Grand Hotel
  • Kish Beaches
  • The Greek Ship
  • Dolphin Park Complex
  • Traditional Water Reservoir
  • The Ancient Town of Harireh
  • Gozare-honarmandan
  • Masajed
  • Dariush Grand Hotel
  • The Qanat
  • The Qanat
  • The Qanat

 

 

Get In

No entry visa is required for Kish. Foreign nationals need no entry visa at the authorized arrival and departure points in Kish Island. At Kish International Airport, the officials will take your photograph, fingerprints, and stamp your passport, allowing you to stay up to 14 days on the Island.

 

By plane

At present, there are a number of international airlines flying to Kish International Airport. The most popular airline with the most regular domestic and international flights in Kish is "Kish Air”. Kish Air has international flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Kish Air also offers domestic flights to Iran's main cities, including Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad.

 

By car

Driving by car is an easy and smart option. Currently, there is only one route to Kish Island.

 

By bus

There are private buses that will take you from Tehran and other main cities to Kish Island. This is probably the safest way of travelling in Iran. Private buses in Iran are inexpensive compared to other countries in the Middle East. They are also comfortable for traveling.

 

By boat

There are boats and ferries that will take you from the port cities of Bandar-abbas, Bushehr, and Chahbahar. There are many other ports cities may take you by boat to Kish Island. The closest one is Charak Port, but among the biggest the closest is Bandar-abass.

 

Get around

If you are energetic, walking is your best option However, like the rest of Iran; there are plenty of taxis .

 

Get out

If you feel like going to another beautiful island, Qeshm is also close by and recommended. It is not as tourist-friendly as Kish and is mostly visited by those interested in trade. You have the options of travelling by boat or plane. If you feel like going somewhere cultural and beautiful in mainland Iran, the city of Bushehr is anticipating your arrival, where is one of the main port in south of Iran.

Hotels

 

Dariush hotel          

Eram hotel               

Sadaf hotel              

Shaygan hotel         

Maryam hotel           

Sara hotel                

Sunrise hotel           

Flamingo  hotel        

Tatilat hotel              

 

  Kish Island  weather data

Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Maximum temperature, C°

23

24

27

31

36

37

37

37

36

34

29

25

Average Minimum temperature, C°

17

17

19

23

26

28

31

31

29

26

22

18

% average air humidity max

64

67

66

62

60

68

70

70

72

67

57

59

% average air humidity min

60

57

57

57

68

69

65

68

71

66

64

62

 

 

 

 

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