Kish Island travel guide and top tourist attractions

January 19

Iran is most famous among all people in the world as a country with vast deserts, and people who are planning to travel to Iran and visit Iran, never think of possibilities of scuba diving, and other water sports in the country. But, all of these sports activities are available in Iran, especially in the southern part of the country.

A number of islands offer these activities, and among them, Kish Island is a great place for adventurous scuba divers to explore the beautiful coral reefs, and enjoy the warm sunny weather almost all the year round. The small Kish Island is well-known for having the most incredible, colorful coral reefs in the world.

This travel guide and tourism info of Kish Island covers all you need to know about this small, but a magnificent island.

Harireh city in Kish Island

Location of Kish

Kish Island is largely a flat, sandy and uncultivated island with a nearly elliptical shape, which is located in the southern part of Iran in the Persian Gulf which is 19 kilometers (12 miles) far from the mainland.

The island is one of the smallest islands in the Persian Gulf, and covers an area of 91 kilometers square (35.3-mile squares), with 15.45 kilometers (9.6 miles) width through west to the east, and 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) maximum width through southern to the northern axis.

Climate of Kish

Kish Island has a semi-equatorial climate with 145 mm (5.6 in) annual rainfall. It is very hot and humid all over the year, especially during spring, and summer. The best time of traveling to Kish Island is from November to March when there is less humidity. The island has the most number of sunny days in the region.

People and Population of Kish

During last few decades the population of the island has increased and become 30,000 inhabitants in 2016 due to the migration of Iranian from different parts of the country to the island to work or invest. In addition, about one million visitors travel to the island on annual basis.

Local people of Kish are a combination of Iranian and Arab-Iranian of the country’s southern provinces, who had migrated to the island during its ancient times of prosperity. As a result, they speak Farsi and Arabic.

History of Kish

Kish Island has a long history of about 3,000 years and has been mentioned in the historical evidence many times since the time of ancient Assyrian, and Elamite civilizations. Previously its named Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss.

One evidence for the history of Kish Island is the Kariz or Qanat in the island with a history of more than 2,500 years.

In 325 BC, Alexander the Great commissioned Niarkus to set off an expedition voyage into the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Niarkus’s writing indicates that he visited Arakata in the 4th century BC. His description of Arakata precisely matches with the current characteristic of Kish Island.

Marco Polo also mentioned Kish in his book “Book of the Marvels of the World” because of the high quality of its pearl.

Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi, built a hotel, a Grand Casino, and Kish Airport in the 1970s to make the island a luxury resort for the international elite.

Currently, Kish Island is one of the Free Zones in Iran. Generally speaking in free zones the standard laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran are far more relaxed comparing to the mainland. In addition, there are some investment incentives in these areas to help in flourishing the economy. For instance, 15 years tax-exemption, no entry visa requirement, the possibility of 100% foreign ownership, flexible monetary & banking services, and extended legal guarantees & protection are among the advantages.

Sightseeing of Kish

While it is a small island, but there are numerous malls, shopping centers, and tourist attractions in Kish Island. You can also find some of the best water sports activities on the island. So, make yourself ready for different activities when traveling to Kish Island.

Qanat Kariz Kish

The most historical sightseeing’s of the island are Kariz-e Kish (or Qanat-e Kish) which is an underground town and the ancient town of Harireh.

Kariz is actually a Qanat with a number of tunnels in which visitors can take a walk and get an up-close view of this type of system. Since the tunnels are extended for more than five miles, the place looks like an underground city.

Though not much of the ancient town of Harireh remains, it is believed that the town was mentioned in poets of Sa’adi, in the 8th century. The town is situated in the northern part of the island and offers a glimpse of ancient architecture.

In addition to these places, you can also visit Kish Native Anthropology House, Derakht-e Sabz (Green tree), and Greek Ship.

The Kish Native Anthropology House built entirely in the native architectural style, is among the oldest houses on the island. The main reason for turning this beautiful house to the museum was to introduce the unique history, culture, traditions, livelihood, and handicraft of native residents of the island to tourists.

The Greek Ship was actually built in Britain and changed owners several times before reaching the last owner, who was Greek. The ship went offshore off of Kish, and though an attempt was made to save her, it proved futile, and she has remained in place since. If you are looking forward to taking a memorable picture of a sunset, the location of the ship is the best spot for this aim.

Lur tree kish

It is said that the Derkht-e Sabz is 600 years old, many believe it is auspicious. So many people visit the tree to make a wish and tie a thread around the thick twisted branches to make it come true.

Scuba diving, Marine games and sports such as Banana Boat, Marine shuttle, Jet Ski, Parasailing, and Waterskiing are widely available in every corner of the island.

Cycling around the Island in a cycling track of over 50 km with beautiful nature and landscapes will be an unforgettable memory of your trip.

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