Qeshm Attractions

Qeshm Attractions

Qeshm Attractions

Qeshm Island, the biggest island of the Persian Gulf located in the south of Iran near Kish Island, is one of the unique Iran tourist destinations. What makes this island so unique is not palm tree-lined beaches for relaxing and enjoying swimming and different water sports. But the island is rich in terms of Ecotourism and Geo-tourism.

In other words, it is the heaven of geologists and adventurous. Accordingly, Qeshm has diverse natural attractions, including pristine islands, forests, caves, valleys, and incredible wildlife such as dolphins, turtles, and birds.Additionally, Qeshm Island has a history of more than 1000 years, and the earliest evidence of human presence at the island belongs to the Paleolithic Period.

Thus, the historical and cultural monuments and the inhabitants’ customs and traditions are other Qeshm Island highlights.Furthermore, the other reason for Qeshm Island’s popularity Qeshm is being the free-trade zone. Accordingly, the foreign do not need to obtain an Iran visa for visiting Qeshm and staying up to 14 days.Join us to introduce you to the most significant Qeshm attractions and their details, like opening hours and entrance fees.

Qeshm Tourist Attractions List

Qeshm Geo-park

Generally, Geo-park is an area where there are diverse geological phenomena. Additionally, the other heritages, including ecological, archaeological, historical, and cultural treasures, may exist in a Geo-park. Accordingly, Qeshm Geo-park is an excellent example of a Geopark that is full of diverse heritages. Moreover, it was registered in the UNESCO-sponsored Geoparks list in 2006. Also, this area is the first Geo-park in the Middle East. Qeshm Geopark consists of 25 Geo-sites, which are the most popular Qeshm attractions.

Among them, there are several beautiful valleys such as Star Valley, Tandis-ha Valley, Ghazi Valley, and Shur Valley. Furthermore, Karyan Canyon, Chah Kuh Canyon, Khorbas Cave, Karagh Beach, Naz Island, Hara Forest, Loft Village, Qeshm Roof, Turtles Nesting Beach, and Dokoohak Birds’ Wetland are the other significant Geo-sites.

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Opening Hours

Based on Selected Attractions

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Entrance Fee

Based on Selected Attractions

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

1 to 2 Days

Hara Forest - Mangrove

Hara Forest is an area full of Avicennia marina trees (a kind of Mangrove tree) in the Qeshm Geopark and one of the must-see Qeshm attractions. Mangrove trees can grow in the saltwater of the hot and dry region. Accordingly, they cover 22000 hectares of the Qeshm Geopark. Moreover, these small trees with the heights of three to eight meters and bright green twigs and leaves are evergreen. On the other hand, there are a variety of migratory birds in the area that you can see them during winter. Finally, to visit the beautiful Harra Forest, you have to ride on a boat into the waters of the Persian Gulf. At first, everything is like a regular boat ride until trees surround you and you pass through them.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
8:00 to Sunset

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Entrance Fee

15€ per Boat

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

30 Minutes to 1 Hour

Stars Valley

Years of sedimentary rocks erosion has formed one of the most wonderful geological appearances in the Persian Gulf, called Star Valley. This site is one of the significant Qeshm attractions. Locals believe that the valley’s strange shapes were created by the collision of a big star to the earth. It is interesting to know that the star valley natural columns resemble the Kaluts in Dasht-e Lut Desert. When the air flows through the maze-like pathways of the valley, it makes strange sounds that are very fearsome. The inhabitants say that it is the whispering of the ghosts during the night. However, Stars Valley is a marvelous place for star observing. Where the stars seem so close that you feel that you can take them in your hands. Please note that staying in Star Valley after Sunset needs permission from Geo-park’s management.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
8:00 to Sunset

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Entrance Fee

6€

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

1 to 2 Hours

Chahkooh Canyon

Chahkooh Canyon is a wonderful valley and one of the must-see Qeshm Attractions. This canyon is one of the seven wonders on the island as well as a valuable geo-site in the geo-park of Qehsm Island. In this 100-meter deep valley, you can see the amazing geological appearance that is formed by natural elements, including wind, water, and sun erosion. Among these extraordinary features, natural statues, water holes and narrow passages enclosed by tall walls are the most marvelous ones. Moreover, you will see the remains of the seashells on the walls, the evidence that shows the region was under the water many years ago. Furthermore, you can enjoy photography and star observing in this beautiful canyon. Along with being so beautiful, Chahkooh Canyon is a unique site for adventurous experiences such as rock climbing. Finally, note that your mobile does not work in this canyon, so you need a tour guide to accompany you.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
8:00 to Sunset

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Entrance Fee

6€

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

2 to 3 Hours

Namakdan Salt Cave (Salt Dome)

In 90 kilometres far from the city of Qeshm, the island houses one of the masterpieces of nature, Namakdan Salt Cave. This site is one of the outstanding Qeshm attractions and a valuable geo-site in the geopark of the island. The penetration of water into the cave and the moisture lead to producing beautiful icicles by saturated saltwater. So, you can find fantastic natural structures such as stalactites, salt crystals, stalagmites, and various layers of colourful minerals and stones. Although with about 6 km length, the Namakdan Cave is the longest salt cave on earth, it is not possible to get to the depth of the cave. However, as when you go deeper into the cave, it becomes darker, so you need an expert guide who accompanies you. Also, as the cave is far from Qeshm city and has a 30-minute drive on a sandy road,  you’d better transfer by an SUV.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
8:00 to Sunset

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Entrance Fee

Free

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

3 to 4 Hours

Hormuz Island (Rainbow Island)

Hormoz Island has red, silver, golden, white, orange soil and more than 70 other coloured minerals that are unique in the world. The contrast of the island’s colourful soil and sand with the azure blue of the Persian Gulf is astonishing.  Duo to the extraordinary geological appearances, this island looks like another planet. Accordingly, you can see fantastic landscapes and pristine, such as red beaches glittering beaches, rainbow caves, salt mountains, and hidden beaches.

Since Hormoz Island has a mild climate in winters, it is one of the best destinations for winter travel to Iran. Besides, in its azure and clear beaches, you can do a variety of water sports, such as diving. On the other hand, the lives of the inhabitants of this island represent the lifestyle, customs, clothing and local food of southern Iran. It is interesting to know that Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, the famous explores also visited this beautiful island. In terms of accessibility, you can go to Hormuz Island by ferry through Qeshm island (Shahid Zakeri Port) or Bandar Abbas (Shahid Haghani Port). During high season, there are plenty of boats heading to the Hurmoz island.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
24 Hours

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Entrance Fee

Free

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

Half to 2 Days

Hengam Island

Hengam is a small island in the Persian Gulf, located two kilometers southeast of Qeshm Island. The island, with a length of 9 km and a width of 6 km, has an area of about 33.6 square kilometers, and its structure looks like an incomplete cone. Hengam is a tranquil island with no streets and no cars. Although it is a tiny island, it presents a different world. Here we introduce you to the most prominent attractions of Hengam Island.

Hengam Island Attractions

The beautiful beaches of Hengam: The length of the Hengam coastline is 50 km, and at each step, you will see a different image of the sea. You can go to the rocky shores or choose sandy beaches.

Silver Beach:  On this beach, there are particles of a kind of shiny mineral that have settled in the sand and given a silver appearance to the beach.

Shining Beach: At specific periods of the year, Hengam Island Beach turns bright blue at night. Such a phenomenon, which also occurs on the shores of California and Maldives, is caused by phytoplankton.

Dolphins: In the middle of the fall season, the dolphins reach Hengam Island and stay there until May. So, many tourists come to this island to watch free dolphins going up and down in the water.

Aquarium in the Persian Gulf: Near the island of Hengam, there is a section known as the natural Aquarium. In this part, due to the high transparency of the water, the colorful sea creatures are easily visible.

Red soil: Like Hormoz Island, red soil, is found on Hengam Island. Interestingly, the people of this area use this soil to make a kind of jam called “Soorakh”.

Hengam Bazaar: In Hengam Traditional Bazaar, you can find handicrafts made of shells and scallops, various oils, local spices, and many other goods.

Since Hormoz Island has a mild climate in winters, it is one of the best destinations for winter travel to Iran. Besides, in its azure and clear beaches, you can do a variety of water sports, such as diving. On the other hand, the lives of the inhabitants of this island represent the lifestyle, customs, clothing and local food of southern Iran. It is interesting to know that Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, the famous explores also visited this beautiful island. In terms of accessibility, you can go to Hormuz Island by ferry through Qeshm island (Shahid Zakeri Port) or Bandar Abbas (Shahid Haghani Port). During high season, there are plenty of boats heading to the Hurmoz island.

Iran Attractions - Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Every Day
24 Hours

Iran Attractions - Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee

Boat Ticket Fee from Qeshm: About 4€

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

2 Hours to a Half-day

Naz Island

Naz Island is a complex of 2 amazing and unique islands located in about 1 km of Qeshm Island’s shore. This site is one of the outstanding Qeshm attractions as well as a valuable geosite in the Qehsm geopark. Besides, these islands are rocky and do not have any inhabitants. During the low tide, you can walk to the island through a narrow passage that connects Naz Island to Qeshm Island. From these beautiful islands. After a magical walk or off-roading on the water, you reach the Naz island. On this island, you can enjoy a different and picturesque view of the Persian Gulf. Moreover, you can experience water sports such as Jet Ski, Scuba diving and boating in Naz Island.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
During the low tide

Iran Attractions - Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee

Free

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

1 to 3 Hours

Qeshm Portuguese Castle

Along with natural attractions, Qeshm island presents historical attractions such as Portuguese Castle. This castle or citadel was constructed in 1507 when the Portuguese army had the control of the Persian Gulf and its islands. So, there is another famous Portuguese Castle in Hormoz Island that is known as the red stone fortress. By the way, the remains of the Qeshm Portuguese Castle consist of the ruins of the water reservoir, church, soldier’s room, gun warehouse, and salon. This rectangular fortress, with an area of more than 2,000 square meters, is made of a combination of limestone and gypsum with local mortar.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
8:00 to about 18:00

Iran Attractions - Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee

3€

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

30 Minutes to 1 Hour

Tallaght wells of Loft Village (Talla Wells)

Tallaght wells, Talla Wells, or Golden Wells, situated in the village of Loft, on Qeshm Island, date back to the Achaemenid and Zoroastrian period. These wells were constructed to store the clean rainwater and keep it fresh for a long time. Notably, there are 366 wells in different geometric shapes in this site. Accordingly, during a year, the island dwellers opened the door of one well on each day to use its water. Today, about 70 wells have remained.

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Opening Hours

Every Day
24 Hours

Iran Attractions - Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee

Free

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

45 Minutes to 1.5 Hour

Loft Port (Bandar-e Loft)

The port of Loft (Bandar-e Loft) is a small village in the northwest of Qeshm Island. This village, with its unique architecture, is one of the must-see Qehsm attractions. Accordingly, the texture of the town is such that all the houses have a central courtyard and wind catcher. Therefore, this village is known as “The Port of Wind catchers”. Narrow and roofed alleys, tall wind catcher and several mosques are the prominent features of Loft. Besides, Loft village presents a collection of the country’s cultural heritage with rituals such as sailing and singing religious and folk poems. Also, Among the historical attractions of Loft, we can mention the ancient Talla Wells and the Portuguese Castle. Finally, the mentioned features have caused this old port to be known as the first Eco-museum of Iran.

Iran Attractions - Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Every Day
24 Hours

Iran Attractions - Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee

Free

Iran Attractions - Visit Duration

Visit duration

1:30 Hours to One Day

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