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Kish island

Postby Mehdi » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:52 am

Introduction: Kish (Persian: کیش‎) is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 20,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually.

Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010, and is the fourth most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai, U.A.E, and Sharm el-Sheikh. Foreign nationals wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by airport and Kish port police officials. Kish gained media fame for being the location of Robert Levinson's disappearance.


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Location: South of Hormozgan province in Persian golf.

Distance from shore: About 20 km



Days of trip: (Without plane) 4-5 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 20 hr driving from Tehran to Bandar Abbas, then 5-6 hr to Charak or Aftab and 1 hr by boat to Kish island)
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: October to May

Daily time visit: No limit

Difficulty level: Easy

Requirements: (Depend on your plan) Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, waterproof shoes, headlamp

Legal permission need: No


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Overall risk: -

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: No

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: Yes


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Hotel: Yes

Village: Yes

Shop: Yes

Gasoline: Yes


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How to get there:
1- Go to Baihaghi or sout terminal of buses in Tehran (more info), Also you can use air plane or traine.
2- Take a bus ticket to Bandar Abbas
3- Take a taxi from Bandar Abbas to Aftab or Charak city
4- Take a boat to Kish island


Nearest airport: Kish airport

Nearest train station: Bandar Abbas station


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Re: Kish island

Postby besttrip » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:55 am

Is it possible to get a ferry to Kish?

I know you can fly from Tehran but I was thinking of getting the train from Tehran to the south and getting a boat to Kish.
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Re: Kish island

Postby irantravel » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:10 am

besttrip wrote:Is it possible to get a ferry to Kish?

I know you can fly from Tehran but I was thinking of getting the train from Tehran to the south and getting a boat to Kish.

Yes,
You can go Tehran to "Bandar Abbas" by train, then take a bus or car to "Genaveh" or "Aftaab" and take a boat to Kish island.
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Re: Kish island

Postby Isabel » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:01 am

Kish island is a part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It is a small island but it has numerous tourist attractions.
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Re: Kish island

Postby Parvaneh » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:58 am

Everyone in Iran wants a piece of Kish, the coral island where shopping is enjoyable and almost cheap, tourists need no entry visa for at least 14 days, and the enticing lure of warm sandy beaches and tall palm trees is irresistible.

Kish is the world's only duty-free shopping mall island, offering affluent Iranians and international visitors an ever-growing range of major brands and designer labels. The laws of the land are somewhat more relaxed on Kish to attract foreign investment, trade and tourists.

Kish airport is only a short drive away from the island's numerous hotels which have been designed for every budget ranging from 5-star hotels to motels.

One noteworthy hotel on the island is the Dariush Grand Hotel which was built in remembrance of the Iranian nation's glorious past and brings to mind Persepolis.

Two 7-star ultra-luxury hotels are currently under construction and are expected to be completed by 2009. These showpieces in-the-making will be the Middle East's first solar-powered and underground hotels.

To enjoy Iranian cuisine there is a huge choice of hotel and independent restaurants, and the island's many fast-food eateries are always crowded with hungry people.

Food stands in malls offer hot Samosa, Mexican corn and hotdogs to tourists who want to sit on a bench, relax, munch on a little something and get ready for another round of shopping.

As in other parts of Iran, the coffee shops on Kish play an important role in the social life of the island's youth. There are a number of open roof cafés with comfortable armchairs in the middle of malls as well as coffee shops with a more modern décor.

The island's many traditional teahouses with their aromatic Iranian-style tea, dates and Hookah, accompanied by live traditional Persian music, give tourists a little taste of Iranian culture.

The weather on Kish is almost always warm. The island has long hot summers, in which humidity sometimes reaches 100%, and very short mild winters.

Kish is a flat island with no mountains or any other natural elevations. It is also one of the Persian Gulf islands with the longest sunny hours, ideal for people who love to doze in the sun and wake up with a natural tan.

In line with the siesta cultures of Italy and Mexico, all shops close between 1-5pm because the weather makes it too hot for work. Tourists can enjoy a few hours of rest, food and relaxation, and on the stroke of five, venture out again refreshed and ready for more.

One of the most popular attractions on Kish is the Dolphin Park. Home to the Middle East's only dolphins, the park is surrounded by over 1,100 palm trees and houses a Silkworm compound along with Butterfly, Exotic Bird and Cactus gardens. The island's turtle colony is also well worth a visit.

And then there is the sea itself. Scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, water skiing, pedal boating and windsurfing are all available. There are also regular diving cruises, fishing cruise boats, and popular glass-bottomed boats, which allow one to enter the private world of sea creatures and peep at fish schools swimming by.

The 'Greek ship', which ran aground on the island and partially sank in 1926, is another popular attraction and photo-op spot. Moving the stricken ship was too expensive so the authorities of the time simply decided to leave the ship where it sits just offshore, huge and rusty, patiently observing the tourists and islanders who come to watch the flaming sun setting into the azure sea every day.

For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, the island has facilities for volleyball, basketball, handball, gymnastics, wrestling, martial arts, squash, bowling and horseback riding.

Many come to the island to enjoy glider flights or to cycle around the island via a special bicycle route that circles Kish. There has even been talk of turning the island into a venue for Formula One World Championships.

Another point of interest on the island is the ancient Green Tree, which is believed to have healing powers. Considered sacred by natives, the tree is adorned with pieces of cloth and colorful strings.

Most of the population of Kish Island, or simply "the Island" as locals call it, consists of people who have come there from different parts of Iran to find employment.

For historical interest, the Kish Qanat should not be missed. This water channel has a 2,500-year history and once supplied islanders with drinking water. It is only one of many underground water management systems unique to Iran.

Today the Qanat, which is 16 meters below ground level, has become an amazing subterranean city that houses a theater, conference hall, restaurant and souvenir shops as well as an art gallery and museum.

It has an 8-meter-high ceiling covered with seashells, coral and fossils, which experts believe are as old as 270 to 570 million years. Many believe Kish Qanat should be listed as a world heritage site.

The ruins of the ancient town of Harireh, situated in the center of Kish Island, are said to be 800 years old. Archeologists believe that the multi-floored monuments of the town were destroyed in an earthquake.

Referred to in the Persian poet Sa'di's book of poems, the ruins of Harireh bear witness to the flourishing economy of Kish in ancient times when the island facilitated trade between China, North Africa and Europe.

Kish is somewhat like the Korean island of Jeju-do, a place of luxury where people can pamper themselves for a few days, forget their worries, shop till they drop and immerse themselves in Persian Gulf waters.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=70 ... id=3510304

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Re: Kish island

Postby Parvaneh » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:21 am

Kish Island has a unique situation in the strategic Persian Gulf region among tens of large and small islands. This island is so beautiful and attractive that it has become known as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf since ancient times.

Its calm coasts are covered with coral sands that shine in the sunlight, creating a unique and fascinating sight.
The clear coastal waters allow one to view several meters deep into the sea and watch the beautiful movement of the fish. Diverse plants and native trees, as well as a pleasant climate seven months a year are among the outstanding characteristics of the island.

altThe island has attracted many tourists, travelers and writers throughout history due to these very characteristics. Among those who have written in praise of this island are Niarkhous, the Greek navy commander who traveled to Kish in 225 B.C., and wrote about its beautiful palm fields, Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta and Hamdullah Mostofi, as well as Ms. Fatemeh Al Ali the contemporary Kuwaiti writer who traveled to Kish in February 2002 and compared the island to a “gem on a king’s crown”.

Around 40 years ago, when a group of western experts came to the island to survey its tourism situation, they compared it with the best tourist islands in the world and predicted a bright future for it. Since then Kish Island has taken long and proud strides in order to realize the position that it deserves.

Due to its natural attractions, pleasant weather more than seven months a year, and several recreational and sports centers, today the island has turned into a favorite tourism destination in Iran and the region.

Kish has a variety of tourist attractions that can be of much interest to a wide category of tourists. Its untapped nature, beautiful beaches and green areas, alongside the clear azure waters of the Persian Gulf have created a unique combination.

Visiting the town of Harireh, is an opportunity to get acquainted with the island’s history while having a nice time at the Green Tree Recreational Complex, situated near the ancient city.

Most probably the ancient town of Harireh is the same town mentioned by the renowned Persian poet Saadi in his book Golestan.
According to the writings of Iranian and Arab historians, the town of Harireh had been located in the center of the northern part of the island, where the ruins of the city can be seen today.

altThere is an ancient aqueduct (qanat) which dates more than 2,500 years. 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 histories fabric of the site.

Years ago, for some unknown reason, a Greek cargo ship got close to Kish’s coasts and was stuck in the mud. Watching the sunset beside this ship is fascinating and the atmosphere created to rest near the ship is very popular with tourists.

Kish Dolphin Park
altThe Dolphin Park is a 70-hectare park located at the south east corner of Kish Island. It is surrounded by over 22,000 palm trees, and includes a dolphinarium, butterfly garden, silkworm compound, bird garden, artificial rain forest, volcanic mountain, orchid garden, and cactus garden.

The dolphinarium includes the largest man made pool on the island, and exhibits dolphins, sea lions, and white whales.
The bird Garden in the park is home to more than 57 species of birds and other animals from around the world including pelicans, ostriches, blue-and-yellow macaws, storks, toucans, swans, African penguins, and marsh crocodiles.

(Source: destinationiran.com)

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Re: Kish island

Postby Parvaneh » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:35 pm

Kish Island (In Persian Gulf)
By: Daniel T. Potts


A small island in the lower Persian Gulf (26037' N, 54000'E), almost 16 x 8 kms and 19.2 kms from the coast. Generally flat, Kish has always been noted for its palm gardens (so described by Ebn Khordâdhbeh, Ebn al-Mojâwer, and Yâqut, see Schwarz, p. 88), which are particularly dense on the island's north side (Handbuch des Persischen Golfs, p. 177). Kish is mentioned in itineraries, for example on the route from Shiraz to India and as a further destination appended to the Baghdad to Basra route, as related by Hamd-Allâh Mostawfi (Le Strange, p. 750, 762) and on the route from Obolla to India or China, given by Ebn Khordâdhbeh and Edrisi (Sprenger, p. 79; cf. Aubin, 1969).


Kish Island in Persian Gulf - Satellite images are courtesy of NASA

Although a Nestorian bishop, David of Kish, is mentioned in 544 CE (Chabot, 1902, p. 680) this almost certainly refers to the Kiš/Kish (Šahr-e Sabz) in Transoxania (Bosworth, 1986, p. 181) and not to the Persian Gulf island of the same name (contra Sachau, 1916, p. 972; Streck, 1927, p. 649).

Reckoned to be part of Ardašir-khorra (q.v.; Streck, p. 649), Kish rose to prominence around the middle of the 11th century, when a line of rulers (amirs, maleks, or khans) of Kish was established there. The origins of these rulers, or indeed that of the population in general, are not entirely clear. According to traditions recounted by Wasásáaf (Šehâb-al-Din Širâzi; d. 1323) and Ebn al-Mojâwer, Kish may have first begun to be populated by settlers from Sirâf who left the trading center after its collapse (Aubin, 1959, p. 297). The new population presumably included some of the Jewish population which, by the time of Benjamin of Tudela's visit at about 1170, numbered about 500 (Benjamin of Tudela, pp. 62-63; Fischel, 1950, p. 207-208; Aubin, 1959, p. 297). Yâqut says Kish was also known as Jazirat al-Qeys b. 'Omâra or Banu 'Omâra (Streck, p. 649). Based on this information, both Maximilian Streck and S. D. Goitein suggested the founder of the dynasty may have been South Arabian, a view at first glance supported by the testimony of Edrisi who says the island had been seized by "a certain governor of Yemen" who "fortified it, peopled it and fitted it with a fleet by the aid of which he made himself the master of the Yemen littoral" (Wilson, p. 98). According to Estakhri however, the coastal area opposite Kish was known as Sif 'Omâra, or "coast of the Julanda", and he attributed their stronghold, Qalât-e ebn 'Omâra, to the Julanda (Schwarz, p. 77). Originally a title used for the vassal rulers of Oman under Sasanian overlordship, Julanda became a family name in Oman (Wilkinson, 1975), where Qeys b. 'Omâra is identified in local genealogies with the Julanda b. Karkar family of the Banu Salima (Wilkinson, 1977, pp. 135, 174-75). This tradition undoubtedly explains why Yâqut referred to the capital of Kish as the residence of the "prince of Oman" (Wüstenfeld, p. 419). In publishing a Hebrew letter from the Cairo Geniza mentioning an attack by the king of Kish on Aden in 1135 (Cambridge University Library MS. 20.137; see Goitein, 1954, p. 256), Goitein emphasized that the leader, called "son of al-'Amid," had an Arabic name, but as Jean Aubin has stressed, al-'Amid is well attested amongst the Buyids and Seljuks of Persia (Aubin, 1959, p. 298). Furthermore, one of the rulers (malek) of Kish, with the good Persian name of Jamšid, is known to have built a palace there, called Qasár-e ayvân, modeled on that of the Buyid ruler 'Azad-al-Dawla at Naband, near Sirâf. Additionally, Yâqut says that the ruler of Kish dressed in the Daylamite (i.e. Buyid) style (Aubin, 1959, p. 298).

The power of Kish, which Mostawfi called a great emporium (dawlat-khâna; Le Strange, 1902, p. 527) has been attributed to its control over commercial maritime traffic between India, Yemen, Persia, and Iraq. Edrisi suggested that with his fleet, the ruler of Kish preyed upon shipping (Wilson, p. 98), while Aubin referred to its rulers as "les pirates de l'île de Qays" (Aubin, 1959, p. 297). Indeed Ebn al-Mojâwer claimed that, "The prince of Qais has neither cavalry nor infantry; but all the people of the island are mariners" (Wilson, p. 100). According to Benjamin of Tudela, " The islanders act as middlemen [i.e. between foreign merchants], and earn their livelihood thereby" (Benjamin of Tudela, p. 63; Wilson, p. 99). Though unsuccessful, the attack on Aden in 1135 by the king of Kish (Goitein, p. 256) nevertheless reveals the remarkable extent of Kish's power in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf during the 12th century. In 1229, however, Kish was itself conquered by the ruler of Hormuz (Piacentini, 1975, p. 76). It enjoyed a sort of renaissance (Whitehouse, 1983, p. 330), however, under the Ilkhanid governor of Fârs, Jamâl-al-Din Ebrâhim al-Tibi, known as the "first king of Kish" by the 14th century author Šabânkâra÷i (Whitehouse, 1976, p. 146), and his lieutenant Ayâz (d. 1311?). At this time Kish became the center of a commercial empire with revenue of 400,000-700,000 dinars and was the site of an Ilkhanid mint (Lowick, p. 332). Abu 'l-Fedâ visited Kish at this time and noted its flourishing pearl industry (Whitehouse, 1976, p. 146).

The antiquities of Kish were first described in detail by Stiffe (Stiffe, pp. 644-49) who particularly noted the main historic settlement on the north side of the island, Harira, where mounds were strewn with Chinese porcelain, examples of which he sent to the British Museum. Stiffe also pointed to the presence of large water cisterns and an underground irrigation system (qanât). Harira was investigated briefly in 1974 by W. E. Hamilton and David B. Whitehouse, who identified the remains of numerous buildings, including a mosque, loading bays for boats, cisterns, kilns, shell middens, and quantities of imported ceramics, including East Asian exports such as Martaban stonewares, celadon, porcelain and Ting ware (Whitehouse, 1976, pp. 146-147).

During the Qajar era ownership of Kish changed hands several times and in 1972 the Kish Development Organization was founded with a view to turning the island into a major tourist resort. In 1989 ministerial approval was given for the creation of a special industrial trade zone on Kish and in 1992 the Kish Free Trade Organization was established. Significant infrastructure investment has now taken place, making Kish an important tourist destination as well.


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Re: Kish island

Postby Parvaneh » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:10 am

Dariush Grand Hotel in Kish

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Re: Kish island

Postby Cherie Boyce » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:13 am

In photo's Kish island looking really nice. After Pattaya beach i think this is first beach which I really like in Asian beach.
I see some scuba diver in a photo its means there is some water sports. How many water sports are available in Kish Island ?
I enjoying when i go indianapolis to nyc in bus with http://www.getbusticket.com/indianapolis-to-new-york.html
I always booked my ticket in advance online.
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Re: Kish island

Postby Parvaneh » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:16 pm

Cherie Boyce wrote:In photo's Kish island looking really nice. After Pattaya beach i think this is first beach which I really like in Asian beach.
I see some scuba diver in a photo its means there is some water sports. How many water sports are available in Kish Island ?



Kish has the beautiful Hotel named Dariush Hotel:http://www.dariushgrandhotel.com/
and variety of other water sports are also available: jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, reef walking, coral viewing, boating and water-skiing ...

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