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Tropical and coastal areas have always been popular among tourists around the world. The beautiful island of Kish is one of the best Iran islands and tourism destinations in the world, which has a lot of fans in the cold seasons.


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Kish island

Kish Island is one of the Iran islands that is located in the province of Hormozgan. This island has a very important position in that region. More than a million tourists fly over this island every year.

Clear waters, shopping malls, luxurious hotels, water sports and diverse marine life make this island a memorable destination for tourists.

Kish was selected as the first free trade zone in 1982. Because of this, government opened the doors of prosperity and development to this region, whose effects can be seen today.

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Kish Island, South of Iran

Also, in the early years of the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the island was regarded as one of the important centers for the pearl hunting, which was diminished with the arrival of the Japanese pearl in Iran. The king, using a state budget, was trying to expand tourism on the island, which was relatively successful.

After the revolution, this process continued to some extent through the injection of public and private capital. However, nowadays, the beautiful Coral Island of Kish is a great destination and one of the best Iran islands for winter trips, which, of course, requires a fairly larger budget than other Iranian destinations.

Weather conditions

Kish is located in the southernmost parts of the country, and this regions, like all other parts of Hormozgan province, have mild, and warm winters. So you can say the best time to travel to the island is the middle of fall until late winter. By mid-May, you can also enjoy the delicious weather. Somehow, the island has warm summers and mild and short winters.

Coral beach

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Coral beach In Kish island

Undoubtedly, one of the most important attractions of every island is the coast. The island of Kish is no exception. The Kish Island Coral Beach is located in the eastern part of the island and is one of the most beautiful and most popular attractions.


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Hendurabi near kish island

Honduran Island is one of the Kish smaller island that is among its top attractions of this area. The island is about 23 square kilometers in size. Hendurabi is about 28 km away from Kish but surely it is worth the time. There are very few people living in this place, and they make their living through fishing.

Near the village of Hendurabi, you can watch the devastated works of the villages “Al-Durrat” and “Al-Sahra” which have remained from the distant past. When traveling to this island, be sure to bring food and drinking water. There is also no electrical system, so if you are going to spend the night in this place, be sure to make lighting available.


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Ashuradeh in Caspian sea

In the easternmost part of the Caspian Sea, there is an island that is known as the village of Ashuradeh which is one of the most beautiful Iran islands. According to the country divisions, Ashuradeh is a part of the city of Bandar-Torkman in Golestan province. Ashuradeh, which is about 1 km from the coast, is located 5 km from the port of Turkmen.

Ashuradeh is separated by the natural channel in the west from the Miankale Peninsula. In the east, there are narrow gaps known as the Strait of Ogli. Ashuradeh climate is temperate and humid, and its height from the free surface is about 26 meters.

This village had a good prosperity before 1993, with more than 1,000 inhabitants and facilities like post office, school, etc., but due to floods in that year and the rise of the Caspian Sea, most people left the island. Today, only a small number of fishers live in it.

Ashuradeh Island is important in several ways and it is one of the Iran islands which considered as a national land. In 1975, the island has been introduced as one of the world’s biosphere reserves (International Protected Biologicals) and has been registered globally. It is also recognized at the International Convention of Ramsar as one of the most important wetlands in the world. The island, which is part of the wildlife sanctuary, hosts a variety of migratory birds throughout the year.

Ashuradeh vegetation includes raspberry bushes, sour pomegranate trees and some kind of thorn. Although some historical documents refer to the cultivation of dates, cotton and cane on the island, today, with the exception of some fruit trees in old houses, there is no other agricultural products.

Ashuradeh has consisted of three islands in the past. Two small eastern islands and a large western island. As the water level rises, the two small islands were sunk in water.


The Persian Gulf has many famous and unknown tourist attractions in its magnificent waters. In the meantime, Qeshm Island, the largest Iran islands of Pars side, is one of the most amazing natural and historical attractions in the area.

Qeshm, the largest island of Persian Gulf, has a number of the most beautiful natural attractions and tourist attractions in the area. From the valley of stars to the forests, there is always a catchy glimpse into Qeshm Island.

Valley of stars on Qeshm Island

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Valley of stars on Qeshm Island

The valley of the stars is one of the most beautiful erosion phenomena in Qeshm island. Local people believe that after the collapse of the star in this place and the impact of a stroke, the soil has risen from the ground and dried up in the form that has come about. Some people believe that with the darkness, the valley there is being haunted by ghosts.  So far, the truth of such a thing has not been proven yet.

Abu Musa

The distance between the Abu Musa Island and the Tunb islands is the only navigable route for large tankers with a significant capacity due to the depth of the water in that area. The island is one of the Iran islands which is country’s largest oil export centers. Facilities on the island include a pond for fishing, military vessels, airports, freshwater plants and other amenities such as school, telecommunications, cinema and chill out facilities for residents.

The clarity of the Persian Gulf waters on the Abu Musa coast is such that aquarium and coral fish are clearly seen from the beach and breakwaters.

Weather in Abu Musa Island

The climate of Abu Musa Island is warm and humid, and as it is close to the equator, its air is warmer than the air of other Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf. Precipitation is mostly in the late winter and early spring, and rainfall is temporary. The island does not have a river, and only in the north, there are several dried beans, but it has fresh water, and drinking water is supplied from wells and rains, or shipped from the port of Lengeh and Bandar Abbas to the island by lagoon and ship. Island water is very calm and relaxing in the late autumn and mid-spring.

Hengam Island

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Hengam Island in south of Iran

Let’s better understand the Persian Gulf island collections and also The magnitude of the history, culture and attractions of this southern Neighborhood.

When you come to the beach, you arrive at the islands that needs to be discovered; the islets that are pristine and untouched, whose beauties fascinate you for hours. This is one of the Iran islands which is located in the south of the largest Gulf Island, Qeshm, and is 6.33 square kilometers in size and forms an imperfect cone. The small and large villages around it, reaches about 50 square kilometers. The distance from the island to Bandar Abbas is about 43 nautical miles (about 79 km) and to Qeshm is about 29 nautical miles (about 54 km).

The island, which contains lead and salt mines, has calcareous altitudes, with its highest point, the Mountain, with a height of 106 meters. The distance between the two parts at its longest diameter is 9 kilometers.

History and importance of the island

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Hengam Island in Persian Gulf

The island has been of strategic and military significance due to the important geographical and the proximity of the Strait of Hormuz and Qeshm Island. Therefore, the Portuguese occupied the island during the Safavid period and the British during the Qajar period. The British believed that the island, with its deep and cozy beaches and, of course, wells, was a good place to throw off the anchor of their ships. In addition, their military experts assessed the island as being strategically and geopolitically important. Thus, in 1799, Sir John Malcolm was instructed to come to Iran, for the thorough analysis of the state of Iran and the behavior of the Iranians, and their colonial presence in that land. Due to the rule of Karim Khan Zand, the seemingly apparent success was not achieved, but they did not stop.

During the Qajar era, the British attempted to increase their influence by building houses and installations such as coal warehouses, and telegraph houses. Then, they built many port and navigational facilities and monitored the Persian Gulf shipping line. Eventually, during the constitutional year (1904), they built a telegraphic line from Jask. Today, these buildings are a among the tourist destination for Iranian and international visitors.

In addition to British military presence at that time, the Arab extremist and Sunni Sheikhs dominated the island. The king of Muscat also claimed when he was visiting the island and tried to dominate that area. Meanwhile, the British government was implicitly supporting the Sheikh’s disobedience to the Iranian government and the interventions of the Muscat monarch in spite of its military presence. The British government, in various ways, tried to stand against the rule of the Iranian government.

Such a situation would remain stable until 1928 when the Iranian government sought to impose sovereignty over the island. On April 20, 1928, three Iranian military ships that were known as  Gilan, Azerbaijan and Pahlavi, headed to Bandar Abbas. Their goal was to take control of the island and liberate the island from the occupation of British troops. On November 19, 1932, the British Embassy in Tehran appealed to the Iranian government to abandon the request for evacuation of the island from British troops and ships in a note to the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Of course, this request was not effective, and the British military was forced to leave the island and the rule of the Iranian government was fully applied to that place.

Sirri Island

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Sirri Island in Persian Gulf

Interestingly, because of the lack of women, there are no large stores in the island, no bank and bank branches, and only a small store is open for some limited hours, and they sells the few items that most men like.

In the days of the men’s oil stay in the island of Siri, 600 deer, a number of rare sea turtles, seagulls, ravens, wild animals and cats combining Iranian cat and Siamese cats are their companion, and the image of the island is out of uniformity.

The island of Siri is known by other names, such as the Seri or Syrian. The most common name is the one used in the current text. They selected this name because the island has a high sensitivity to oil and military fields. The first name was the Syrian island, meaning red on the surface of the island. Following the first name, they renamed Sirri and selected new names for it.

Kharg Island

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Kharg Island in Persian Gulf

The island of Kharg is one of the most important Iran islands which is located in Persian Gulf and despite its small size, is of great importance in commercial, economic, military and historical terms. Kharg Island is a coral reef with an approximate size of eight in four kilometers, which is subordinate to the province of Bushehr.

The island consists of fossils and coral organs, dams and other marine organisms that are mixed with sand particles. Only a thin layer of the island’s surface, with a thickness of about 20 centimeters to 5 meters and a density of about 1.5 is more difficult than the other parts. The underlying layers (seen in vertical sections) are made of soft and sedimentary texture that are durable against the water flow. In many areas of Kharg, erosion of water and wind has caused the disappearance of the underlying layers. This eroding process is now changing the coordinates of the island.

In the far past, many of the coral reefs and beautiful Kharg stones have been carried to various Persian Gulf ports such as Genaveh, Abadan and Kuwait for various constructions.

Kharg Island is one of the few Iran islands in the Persian Gulf that has abundant fresh water. The fresh water of the island of Kharg has been provided fresh water to other parts of the island throughout history. In addition the artificial guidance of surface water supplied from the rain are directed to the small dams and natural pitches of the island. Throughout the island, the residents have systems for collecting and harvesting fresh water, which include small and large water streams directed to natural or hand-made pits. Chariots, as well as old age caries that are seen on the island are being destroyed and neglected. Some of these wells still have a very sweet water, which is not usable. There are also other wells on the island, where Kharg people, like other southern regions of Iran, end up with planting grapes trees there. These trees produce a few hundred kilos of grapes each year without having to irrigate and using the depths of the well.

Due to the lack of water or lack of fertile soil on the island, no significant plant habitats have been formed. But throughout the island, “Lille / Lore” or figs have been able to grow in accordance with climatic characteristics. These very large trees, which have aerobic roots, are abundantly seen throughout the island. The roots of this tree have come out of the soil and climbed over the tree trunk and once again hang from its branches. These roots receive the water and food needed for the tree instead of the earth from wind and air. It follows that myths associated with earth are not formed among the people of the island. The cedar tree is also one of the most important and abundant trees in the island. Due to the conditions of the ecosystem, have not been able to reach the size of the other trees in the Zagros slopes.

The Kharg wildlife is very limited to small flocks of deer, which are getting smaller every day, and large and toxic snakes, whose length reaches to one meter and half. Extensive migratory birds also spend winter holidays on the banks of Kharg. That’s one of the warmest weather Iran islands in Persian Gulf.