Kish

As a beautiful island and touristic resort located on the north east of the Persian Gulf about 17 km (10.2 miles) from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran; Kish is a free trade zone, which is also one of the most touristic centers of Iran. Kish Island, also known as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf has an area of 90 square kilometer, to be known for considering as a beautiful resort in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Kish Island has relaxed laws in comparison to the rest of the vast Iran territory. Like mainland Iran, the people of Kish are friendly and hospitable. 

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. If you are western, you may be asked about the purpose of your visit. Make sure you bring all verification paperwork including hotel reservations with phone numbers, etc.

Upon arrival at Kish Airport, all female passengers will be immediately escorted to a room and requested to wear headscarves and appropriate clothing. The clothing is available at the Airport, and passengers are expected to return them when leaving Kish. The staff in general are polite, but speak little English. So learn at least some Persians phrases.

By plane

 At present, there are a number of international airlines flying to Kish International Airport through each specific day. 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.

Women who do not have appropriate Muslim dress (head scarves, long smocks or dresses) will be provided with those free of charge upon arrival prior to passing through customs and immigration. These complimentary loaners should be returned upon leaving.

By car

Driving by car is an easy and smart option. Currently, there is only one route to Kish Island. If you are driving from Tehran, take care on the road and be alert of the highways and the pedestrians.

By bus

There are private buses that will take you from Tehran and other main cities to Kish Island, but this is not the safest way of traveling in Iran. Private buses in Iran are inexpensive compared to other countries in the Middle East.

By boat

There are boats that will take you from the port cities of Bandar-e Abbas, Bushehr, and Chahbahar. However, as of June 2009, this has reportedly been suspended.

Get around

If you are energetic, walking is your best option. However, like the rest of Iran, there are plenty of taxis - but without meters. It is advisable to agree the fare in advance, and to make sure that the driver understands where you want to go. The majority of taxis on the island are Toyota Camrys and are fully air-conditioned. The normal fares are usually $2 USD to $5 USD depending upon the distance (which is never too long as the island is rather small).

Be careful to count your change as some taxi drivers will take advantage of tourists by attempting to short-change you.

Kish Dolphin & Crocodile Park:

The Dolphin Park is the unique ocean atrium in the Middle East, and visitors can enjoy spectacular dolphin and other sea mammal shows in a family-oriented atmosphere.

 

Greek Ship:

The historic and famous old ship resting on one of the shores of Kish Island. It has become a major tourist attraction in recent years. Entry is free. It is a beautiful scenic area, and you can bring food for a picnic and sit in a shaded area.

 

Underground Town of Kariz:

Is more than 2,500 years old, and currently it has been converted into an underground town at a depth of 16 metres below the surface, with an area of more than 10,000 square metres.

 

The Ancient Town of Harireh:

The ruins display mortar masses and stone - made buildings in an area of some 3 by 1 kilometre long. The structures have been built of sand stones with some plaster layers on the walls. Some of the structures that they once ounce used to contain many floors. Harireh town is estimated to be 800 years old. It is also beleive the town was most likely been destroyed by a powerful earthquake. Entry is free for all.

 

Marine handicrafts

Pottery

Tentage weaving