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Kish Island

Traveling To Kish Island

Kish Island  is a beautiful island and touristic resort located on the north east of the Persian Gulf (Khalij-e Fars) about 17 km (10.2 miles) from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran. Kish is a free trade zone.

Kish Island, often called the Pearl of the Persian Gulf has an area of 90 square km (36 sq. miles). It is known for being a beautiful resort in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Kish Island has relaxed laws in comparison to the rest of Iran. Like mainland Iran, the people of Kish are friendly and hospitable.

Get In

Kish Island – No entry visa is required for Kish. Foreign nationals need no entry visa at the authorised 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 Island 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 Persian phrases.

By plane

At present, there are a number of international airlines flying to Kish Island 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 Muscat 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 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.

Tourist attractions

  • 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. The entrance fee for visitors is $46 USD.

  • The Green Tree Park: The Park with the oldest trees on the island. Entry is free for all.

  • Mysteries of the World Zoo: A small zoo with exotic animals on display. The entrance fee is $5 USD.

  • 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.

  • Giant Bird Sculpture: you can climb up inside of it!

  • Underground Town of Cariz: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 entrance fee is $5 USD.

  • 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.

  • Marjon Beach Park:Entry is free for all.

Do

The beaches

Snorkeling on the beaches and Scuba Diving of Kish Island is said to be amongst the best in the world, while the scuba-diving offers an even more spectacular insight of life beneath the waters. A variety of other water sports are also available: jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, reef walking, coral viewing, boating and water-skiing are just a few of the popular ways to spend the time and enjoy yourself during your visit to the Island. A variety of other water sports are also available. The Kish coastline is one of the least dangerous coasts in the world. Kish has gorgeous white sandy beaches for relaxing walks.

Women-only beaches are available for the female tourists to the Island. Women do not have access to most beaches, or to the prime snorkeling areas. There used to be an “international beach” where male and female foreign tourists could swim together, but it has been closed by the government!.

Contrary to the above information regarding the Greek Ship, there is no restaurant on board what remains of the historic ship. Still, this is a beautiful island – and you could bring food along with you and enjoy the site while sitting at a shaded table nearby.

Malls

  • Paradise 1 International Mall

  • Paradise 2 International Mall

  • The Paniz International Mall

  • Zaytoon International Mall

  • Morvarid International Mall

  • Venus International Mall

  • Marjon International Mall

  • Arab Bazaar

  • Kish Trade Center

  • Damoon Kish Mall

Eat

Kish Island offers a wide selection of restaurants which range from Persian to International cuisines. Some of the most well-known restaurants include:

Budget

  • Boof Fast Food Restaurant , Pardis II Mall

  • Espadana Restaurant.  

  • Papa Restaurant.

  • Hadee’s. Pizzeria.

  • Kish KFC. Kish Fried Chicken.

Mid-range

  • Asal Kish Restaurant.

  • Pars Khalij Buffet.

Nahange Sefid – a variety of Iranian food (live music).

Splurge

  • Toranj Marine Hotel (Toranj Hotel), Toranj Marine Hotel, Jask Sq, Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran, . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Toranj Marine Hotel in Kish is one of the most magnificent hotels on the this Island. The hotel is located in the northwest of Kish Island on the blue waters of the Persian Gulf. The suites have glass floors and a balcony that enables the guests to watch the water and marine life like a natural aquarium. The hotel has 100 cozy villas and five luxury VIP suites. You can enjoy watching migratory birds on two artifi