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Kish Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 251 photos

Kish is a 90 square kilometre big island in the Persian Gulf, about 17 km from the shores of mainland Iran. It is a very flat island and the highest region is only 45 metres above sea level. ´The population on the island is 20 000, but it is increasing as many people from mainland Iran comes here to work. The climate is very hot and humid, especially in summer (it’s more pleasant other times of the year).

What makes Kish attractive for visitors are the clear and warm water and nice coral beaches. And Kish is a trade free zone, with many shopping centres and low prices. On the island are many expensive resort hotels, and more are being built. Every year about 1,5 million people are visiting Kish. Many Iranians who can afford it comes here on holiday and many workers from Dubai comes to Kish to be able to renew their visa for Dubai. To visit Kish foreigners don’t need a visa for the first 14 days.

Kish has a long history and was first mentioned (by the name Araracta/Arakata) by a Greek sailor, Nearchus, in his memories from 325 BC. In the 12th century Kish was an Arab port famous for its pearls. In the 1960s the Shah of Iran turned the island into a luxury resort and after the Islamic revolution it has become a duty free shopping paradise.

  • Last visit to Kish: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2006
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Those big shopping centers look incongruous on such a bleak desert island. What I found very interesting to read about was the old water reservoir near Harireh with its wind towers and domes that circulated the air to cool the fresh water that was stored inside. So it was possible to cool things before the invention of air conditioning and refrigeration.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Thank you Don! Those wind towers can also be found on many old palaces around Iran.

  • peaceness98's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    I was worried i wont be able to dive there (woman)!! thanks for ur tips :-) I'm thinking of going in two weeks from Oman

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 5:17 AM

    A beach for women only - I like it! And that is one fancy building for a water reservoir. Also thanks for visiting my Santorini - and yes it was an amazing spot for a VT Meet.

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2007 at 2:29 AM

    Hi, great dives in Kish? Any underwater pics? Where did u dive other than Kish? - greeting from Singapore.

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    I had heard of Kish, but knew nothing about it - thanks for enlightening me. Excellent page! :-) Loved the idea of the women only beach so that women could get a bit of sun on their bodies. :-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 9:58 AM

    Would love to diving at Kish. 30,000 sounds expensive for icecream. Women only beach - that will be a great place to visit :) Cheers, SL

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2006 at 2:25 PM

    Very interesting.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 4:53 AM

    You are so brave to travel alone. Your ordeal about the passport, boat ticket was frightening. The beach for women only and no photos is also fascinating. I would be "put off" by so many restructions. Great information.

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