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. Kish is a resort island in the Persian Gulf. Due to its free trade zone status, it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels.
Kish Island has been mentioned in history as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata and Ghiss. It is a small island but it has numerous tourist attractions.
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 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.
Silver Beach, sunshine, blue skies, blue waters, clean air and perfect peace have turned the island into a pearl Persian Gulf.
Some of the amazing costs in the world are coral silver coast beaches of Kish.
Kish soil is consist of coral and silver colors which are stunning under the sunlight. This feature is almost exclusively sound in Kish for most of the world’s gray sand beaches do not possess such features. Seawater of the island is so clear that you can easily watch the sea floor from faraway. Environmental experts attribute this property to coral located around the island. They believe that coral naturally are under water and shiny. You can find some of the safest waters in the world in Kish. Swimming and scuba diving are safe because there is no shark. Tourists can use this beach and enjoy the sun and water all year round.
Harireh Ancient City is most probably the town that the renowned Iranian poet, Sa'adi, (1195–1226 AD), referred to in his book as “The Rose Garden”. There are references to the location of the town on the island in the works of Iranian and Arab historians. These say that the town was situated in the middle of the northern part, precisely where the ruins are standing today.
The ruins of the ancient city of Harireh measure around 120 hectares. This vast area surface tells the tale that a large and prosperous city once existed in this region with a thriving population.
Harireh Ancient City, based on the results of archaeological excavations carried out so far, consists of the aristocratic house, bath, mosque and ancient aqueduct.
What remains of it today is a volume of urban architecture, but rarely will an arch, cover, or ceiling be seen intact, except for a few instances where arched stone ceilings have remained unharmed from the detriments of destruction. The Port of Harireh Ancient City was a concrete, well-knit city with extrovert architecture.
There are no signs of an introvert, self-defending architecture which can be seen in other historic cities in Iran. A tour of Harireh Ancient City can give visitors a chance to imagine the ancient times of Iran.
Greek Ship is one of the tourist attractions of Kish Island. The ship ran aground near Baghou village in west of the Island in 1966. The ship was built with about 7061 tons in weight and 136 meter length by William Hamilton Company at Port Glasgow in Scotland in 1943. She ran aground in this area while coming back to Greece.
Many failed attempts were made to free it, but the passengers were finally forced to abandon ship, because it was not financially feasible to move it. Information obtained from Lloyds of London insurance company show that the ship flew a Greek flag and was called Kolaof at the time. The ship's first name was "The Emperor's Horn", then "Naturalist", and in the years 1959 to one year before its final anchorage, it was owned by the Iranian ship company and was called "Cyrus Fars" and "Hamedan". Watching the sun set slowly behind the Greek Ship in the azure waters of the Persian Gulf is an unforgettable and lasting memory.
The most beautiful scene of this place is the sun setting down slowly behind the Greek Ship at azure waters of Persian Gulf. The last rays of sunlight shine across the sky, the spectrum of yellow, red, and orange colors, and the shadow and lights of small and large clouds, create a beautiful and imaginary tableau behind the Greek Ship which can rarely be seen in anywhere else.
Kish Grand Recreational Pier was built with steel piling and wooden decks with four side-deck spaces by Iranian experts.
This pier is 437 meters long, 18 meters wide and 10 thousand square meters in area. Its construction did not damage the marine habitat.
Kish Grand Recreational Pier benefits from many recreational facilities, including jet skiing, pedal boats, fishing boats, rowing boats, water tricycles, diving facilities and glass-bottomed boats there.
Tourists can enjoy the natural sights from this pier while watching the colorful fish species of Kish coral beaches.
Kish Island in southern province of Hormuzgan has seven mosques. The Amir Mosque, Khatam-Al-Anbia Mosque and Noor Mosque are among the biggest mosques in Kish.
Amir Mosque is one of the ancient monuments of Kish which has been maintained beautifully by Kish Cultural Heritage Department, by preserving its native architectural elements. Maintenance works on the mosque situated behind Kish Free Zone Organization building were undertaken in the early 1990s.
The Khatam-Al-Anbia Mosque is located on the east part of the beach. Its high minarets give a very beautiful and spectacular view from the beach. This mosque is situated in Safeyn District and Kish Friday prayers are held there.
Noor mosque is one of the biggest mosques attended by the local inhabitants of the island and has a very special architecture and Friday and Sunni prayers are held in this mosque.
In a big beautiful garden of 70 hectares, where beautiful bougainvilleas are wrapped around palm tre es, 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. Sea mammals and penguins are not the only amusements of Engineer Hossein Sabet’s Park & Resort Complex. The Bird Zoo, Cactus Garden, Orchid Garden, Silkworm House, Underwater Aquarium, 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 tens of different birds from all over the world, beautiful 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.
The Bird Garden is situated inside the Dolphin Park with more than 57 bird species, including Pelicans, Ostriches, Blue & Yellow Macaw, different kinds of Storks, Toco Toucans, Turacos, Swans, African Penguins and rare species like Marsh Crocodiles. This, undoubtedly, is one of the most unique animal centers in Iran. It is noteworthy to say that different kinds of species from the farthest parts of the world, from South America to Australia and from East Asia to Africa have been brought to this park.
The Bird Garden is situated inside the Dolphin Park with more than 57 bird species, including Pelicans, Ostriches, Blue & Yellow Macaw, different kinds of Storks, Toco Toucans, Turacos, Swans, African Penguins and rare species like Marsh Crocodiles.
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 sq m.
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 preserve the traditional and historis fabric of the site.