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Kish Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 251 photos

How to get there

I travelled to Kish Island on business, but enjoyed it as a holiday. From Dubai, there is a 30 minutes flight with Kish Air Fokker 50. You can buy tickets from Kish Air Sales Office at Fish Roundabout in Dubai. When you arrive Kish, don't be surprised by the boys swarming around in the baggage area. Its their job to bring out the passengers baggage, and they do it with pride. For their effort, they expect 10 000 rials, one green. Kish Island is a popular holyday destination for iranians. The airport is operated by two airlines, Kish Airline (whose most important income was alle the visa-runners from Dubai) and Iran Air. The city on the Island is packed with supermarkets, where you can buy almost everything. The presens of a internet cafe made it easy for me to communicate with friends and family back home.

Wildlife

Kish Island authorities have establish a nature reserve in the southeast to protect the iranian deer. Twice a day, the government put out water and food for the small, beautilful mammals. I was escorted my Mr. Tahidi, a representative for City Services Department, and I got to see the deers from his vehicle. On the west coast, you find the Greek Ship, a shipwreck that most ironically seems to be the biggest tourist magnet, despite the perfect beach 100 meters off the main street in the city. You can pay a visit to the zoo, which contains a nice collection of spiders and snakes.

Accomodation and activities

There are plenty of hotels in Kish. Booking is best done on the spot, as there is a chance that noone speaks english if you make a phonecall. For european treatment, go to Hotel Dariush which has a scandinavian manager. This hotel is also a great display of the arts and crafts from the proud persian history. Plans are made to build the second seven star hotel of the world, the Flower of the East which will dominate a huge area next to Kish Harbour.

The beaches are separated in a female area (protected with walls 3 meter high) and a common area (the rest). Some europeans I spoke with, drove to the rugged south coast and swimmed together there, where noone could see them. I guess these strong rules are the reason why the beach was complete empty. Remember also to buy traditional iranian clothing to bring home.

There is a cycling track all around the island. If you rent a bike, you have 25 kilometers ahead of you, but remember to bring enough water along, as the temperatures can be very high, above 40 degrees celsius. On your way on the bike, make a stop near the arabic town to see the ruins of Harireh city from 8th century and water reservoir with wind towers.

Dont even try to bring alcohol. This is strictly forbidden in Iran.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Culture, people and climate
  • Cons:Hot in summer
  • In a nutshell:I am glad I went there
  • Last visit to Kish: Jun 2004
  • Intro Written Feb 13, 2006
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2006 at 10:31 PM

    I hope to both dive and rent a bike on Kish. Great tips!

  • akhshik's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 2:40 AM

    Great! I live on kish island, the info is perfect, but there are mistakes....

  • Travelchili's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2006 at 2:51 AM

    Great info and pictures on Kish. Never been to that part of the world, so I really enjoyed learning something new. I look forward to more pages :)

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