Kish Island

Kish is a big resort island in  Hormozgān Province at the southern coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf. Owing to its free trade zone status, the island is touted as a consumer’s paradise.

It has numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million visitors annually.

Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010. It is the third most-visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia, after Dubai and Sharm el-Sheikh.

This island is so beautiful and attractive. It is known as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf since ancient times. Its calm coasts are covered with coral sands that shine in the sunlight. It creates   unique and fascinating sights.

The clear coastal waters allow one to view several meters deep into the sea and watch the beautiful movement of the fishes. Diverse plants and native trees, as well as a pleasant climate all year are among the outstanding characteristics of the island.

History

Kish Island’s strategic geographic location served as a way-station and link for the ancient Assyrian and Elamite civilizations. Their primitive sailboats navigated from Susa through the Karun River into the Persian Gulf along the southern coastline.

Kish was, in particular, economically and politically linked with the civilization of the Medes, Persians when they were at the height of their power.

In the 1970s, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last king of Iran, turned the island into a luxury resort for the international elite and a tourism hotspot.

Kish is located in the Persian Gulf, 19 km from mainland Iran, and has an area of approximately 91 km2. It has an outer boundary of 40 km and a nearly elliptical shape.

The island is positioned along the 1,359 km long Iranian coastline north of the Persian Gulf. at the first quarter from the Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf.

The island is 15.45 km wide from its west coast to its east coast. Its maximum width extending from the southern shorelines to the northern shorelines is 7.5 km. The island’s surface is flat, lacking mountains or even high hills. 

Kish International Airport is built in the center on an elevated area 35–40 m above sea level. Its highest surface inclination extends from the airport to the shores near Shayan hotel.

Climate, nature, and geobotany

Kish, like the other Persian Gulf Islands, is located on a narrow strip of tropical vegetation in the Northern Hemisphere. with the Persian plateau to the north and the Arabian Peninsula to the south.

In addition to its special geographic and climatic attributes, Kish, like other nearby islands is under the sway of the semi-equatorial climate dominating this band of vegetation.

Tourist Attractions

Kish has numerous tourist attractions. The Greek Ship is the wreck of a 1943 cargo steamship, on a beach on Kish’s southwest coast. It was originally a British ship, Empire Trumpet, and was built in Scotland. In 1966, it ran aground and all attempts to salvage it failed.

Another attraction is the ancient underground aqueduct, also called the ‘Underground City’. which is partly open for tourists. It was built about 1,000 years ago for transportation and water supply across the different parts of the island.

Other attractions include the beaches, which have a bluish tint, and the long shoreline that sees many tourists visit during whole year. The water is so clear that fishes can be seen swimming in the sea all year long.

Spectacular places

There are plenty of nice places to see for instance:

  • The Beaches:

Snorkeling on the beaches 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 some of the popular ways to enjoy yourself when visiting 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.

  • Kish Dolphin & Crocodile Park:

The Dolphin Park an ocean atrium, and offers dolphin and other sea mammal shows.

  • The Green Tree Park:

The park with the oldest trees on the island.

  • Mysteries of the World Zoo:

A small zoo with exotic animals on display

  • Greek Ship:

The historic and famous old ship resting on one of the shores of Kish Island. It has become a major tourist attraction. It is a beautiful scenic area.

  • Giant Bird Sculpture:

You can climb up inside of it.

  • Underground Town of Cariz (Kariz):

More than 2,500 years old, it has been converted into an underground town 16 metres below the surface. and with an area of more than 10,000 square miles. 

  • The Ancient Town of Harireh:

Ruins of stone buildings in an area 3 by 1 kilometre. The structures were built of sandstone, with some plaster on the walls. Some were originally a number of storyes in height. Harireh town is estimated to be 800 years old.

  • Marjon Beach Park.
  • 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 Centre.