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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.
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'''Qeshm''' is the largest island in the [[Gulf Region (Iran)|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.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
The simplest way is to get on a speedboat at Bandar Abbas main harbour. There are lots of them departing each few minutes.
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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.
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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).
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Unlike [[Kish Island]] you need a visa for Iran if you are arriving from another country, you don't get it on arrival.
  
 
There are flights from major cities to Qeshm Island by Qeshm Air.
 
There are flights from major cities to Qeshm Island by Qeshm Air.
  
There is a daily flight from [[Dubai]].
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There is a daily flight from [[Dubai]] costs about US$ 40.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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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.
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The cheapest and safest way to get a taxi is through a hotel, although hailing them of the streets is easy. [[How to haggle|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.
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In emergencies wave to any vehicle to [[Hitchhiking|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.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
[[Image:QeshmIsland.jpg|300px|thumb|<center>Chahkouh Valley at Qeshm Island</center>]]
 
[[Image:QeshmIsland.jpg|300px|thumb|<center>Chahkouh Valley at Qeshm Island</center>]]
*<see name="Hara Marine Forests" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">According to environmentalists, about 1.5% of the world birds and 25% of Iran's native birds annually migrate to Hara forests which is the first national geo park.</see>
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*<see name="Hara Marine Forests" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">According to environmentalists, about 1.5% of the world birds and 25% of Iran's native birds annually migrate to Hara forests, which is a national park.</see>
 
*<see name="Portugese Castle" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
*<see name="Portugese Castle" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
*<see name="Star Valleys" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
*<see name="Star Valleys" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
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*<see name="Laft Historical Port" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
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*<see name="Chahkouh Valley" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
  
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Meet friendly people and listen to the traditional music.
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*<do name="Chahkouh Valley" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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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.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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* '''Iranian cuisine''' {{-}} in the city centre or the main town named Dergahaan has a wide array of conventional eatery-stalls and restaurants. those eateries serve almost all Iranian cuisine with some speciality dishes of Qeshm. The most common item is the Iranian variant of the ''shewerma'', or Arabic meat sandwich. Kebabs and other Iranian dishes are available.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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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.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
* '''Qeshm International Hotel''', Bahman Blvd., This is of one Iran's finest and best valued hotels.
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* '''Qeshm International Hotel''', Bahman Blvd.,
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* <sleep name="Tolla International Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="100,000 IRR for single men and women (for beds located in what range from 2-person rooms to 10-person villas&mdash;; 300,000 IRR for an entire villa.">10 kms away from the city centre and approximately an hour from the Qeshm International Airport, which makes this hotel very calm and a little secluded. The hotel is comparably cheap and has an extensive courtyard area for walking or jogging. Tree-lined walkways and the long benches installed on the sides are best for the evening stroll and rest. It also has a couple of restaurants serves a nominal but satisfactory Iranian cuisine, and most widely Indian and continental cuisine, a couple of coffee shops, a videoke (Video Karaoke Bar) and an internet cafe (bandwidth speed is slow).</sleep>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
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Revision as of 13:00, 13 November 2012

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.

Contents

Get in

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).

Unlike Kish Island you need a visa for Iran if you are arriving from another country, you don't get it on arrival.

There are flights from major cities to Qeshm Island by Qeshm Air.

There is a daily flight from Dubai costs about US$ 40.

Get around

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.

See

Chahkouh Valley at Qeshm Island
  • Hara Marine Forests. According to environmentalists, about 1.5% of the world birds and 25% of Iran's native birds annually migrate to Hara forests, which is a national park.
  • Portugese Castle.
  • Star Valleys.
  • Laft Historical Port.
  • Chahkouh Valley.


Do

Meet friendly people and listen to the traditional music.

  • Chahkouh Valley.


Buy

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.

Eat

  • Iranian cuisine — in the city centre or the main town named Dergahaan has a wide array of conventional eatery-stalls and restaurants. those eateries serve almost all Iranian cuisine with some speciality dishes of Qeshm. The most common item is the Iranian variant of the shewerma, or Arabic meat sandwich. Kebabs and other Iranian dishes are available.

Drink

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.

Sleep

  • Qeshm International Hotel, Bahman Blvd.,
  • Tolla International Hotel. 10 kms away from the city centre and approximately an hour from the Qeshm International Airport, which makes this hotel very calm and a little secluded. The hotel is comparably cheap and has an extensive courtyard area for walking or jogging. Tree-lined walkways and the long benches installed on the sides are best for the evening stroll and rest. It also has a couple of restaurants serves a nominal but satisfactory Iranian cuisine, and most widely Indian and continental cuisine, a couple of coffee shops, a videoke (Video Karaoke Bar) and an internet cafe (bandwidth speed is slow). 100,000 IRR for single men and women (for beds located in what range from 2-person rooms to 10-person villas—; 300,000 IRR for an entire villa..

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