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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.

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 your boat. The rates were about 2-3 Dollars in January 2008.

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

There is a daily flight from Dubai costing you 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. So you should go everywhere by taxi or hire a taxi in Qeshm city to take you everywhere you want.

Ask your hotel to get you a taxi. It's the cheapest and safest way. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the streets. But don't forget to bargain. Normally a driver asks for a fairly larger amount than the standard price, expecting the customer to bargain. But on the contrary, some drivers will give you the exact rate (Be wise and distinguish between these two behaviors). Better check with your hotel beforehand, they can always give you the legitimate rates to any destination. For emergency while on the road, you can wave to any vehicle to attract a lift (but remember two things. 1. Never show a "thumb up" sign as its considered an obscene expression. 2. Be prepared to pay the driver. because there is virtually no free rides exist in Iran. the driver is expecting you to pay him). The minimum fares are anywhere in between 10,000 IRR and 25,000 IRR.


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 the first national geo park.
  • Portugese Castle.
  • Star Valleys.
  • Laft Historical Port.


Meet friendly people and listen to the traditional music.


Qeshm is a duty free zone. It means that you can buy things here free of duty. Here there are many bazaars in Qeshm and the near town of Dargahan where you can buy shirts for 2 dollars or pants for five dollars.


  • Iranian cuisine — in the city center 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 you can go for without any fear is the Iranian variant of the famous shewerma (Arabic meat sandwich). It's delicious and nutrient-rich (sorry, vegetarians!). Kebabs and other famous Iranian dishes are available at a laughably cheaper prices.



  • Qeshm International Hotel, Bahman Blvd., This is of one Iran's finest and best valued hotels.
  • Tolla International Hotel. 10 kms away from the city center 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 devastating though). 100,000 IRR for single men and women (for beds located in what range from 2-person rooms to 10-person villas—you can alternately take a double room and pay for two if you want to stay alone); 300,000 IRR for an entire villa designated for a family..

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