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Qeshm is the largest island in the Persian Gulf, with rocky coastlines that protects a mountainous and often beautiful interior. The coast is dotted with small villages and towns. Qeshm Island is free duty zone.
The simplest way is to get on a speedboat at Bandar Abbas main harbour. There are lots of them departing each few minutes. The ride takes between 20 to 40 minutes depending on the boat. The rates were about $US2-3 in January 2008. A car ferry leaves regurelaly from Bander-e-Pol, about 60km west of Bandar Abbas. Total cost of return ticket for one car and two persons is 180,000 IRR (rates of November 2011). It is allowed to go on the island with a foreign vehicle (they will want to see your Carnet de passage).
There are flights from major cities to Qeshm Island by Qeshm Air.
There is a daily flight from Dubai costs about US$ 40.
Qeshm Island is very long (approximately 150kms from east to west), and its main attractions are far away from each other, and therefore taxis are strongly recommended.
The cheapest and safest way to get a taxi is through a hotel, although hailing them of the streets is easy. Haggling is recommended but some drivers will give quote the exact rate (Be wise and distinguish between these two behaviour): hotel staff cab advise in advance of the legitimate rates to destinations.
In emergencies wave to any vehicle to attract a lift (but remember, don't show a "thumb up" sign as its considered an obscene gesture, and be prepared to pay the driver. The minimum fares between 10,000 IRR and 25,000 IRR.
Meet friendly people and listen to the traditional music.
Qeshm is a duty free zone, meaning it is possible to buy things here free of duty. Here there are many bazaars in Qeshm and the near town of Dargahan where shirts cost around $US2 and trousers for $US5.
Like mainland Iran, alcoholic beverages are not served on the Island. The tea is light, good in taste and is kept at every home, shop and other social places.