Located in the Strait of Hormuz, Qeshm Island is an island in the south of Iran with an area of circa 1500 square kilometers. As a free trade zone, tourists can rest assured that they can enter and stay in the island for up to 14 days without the need to acquire any sort of visa. The world’s biggest dependent territory, the island is comprised of more than sixty small villages and three towns in which more than 100,000 people dwell. All thanks to its strategic history, this dolphin-shaped island has always enjoyed a unique position throughout history.
Qeshm Island has a lot to offer: Citing the superabundance of natural reserves in addition to its cultural sites would be to say little of this magnificent island’s diverse attractions. What follows is a brief description of only a limited number of tourist attractions awaiting travelers in this gem of the Persian Gulf.
“Hara” is the common name by which the locals of the island call the mangrove forests. This biosphere reserve of almost 8000 hectares is dominated by Hara trees which are submerged in high tide, thus disappearing at such times and reappearing at low tide, giving this part of the island an elegant and glittering view. The forest is home to several species of animals including turtles, shrimps, snakes, crabs, pelicans etc.