Kish IslandKish Island is a beautiful island and tourist resort located on the north east of the Persian Gulf (Khalij-e Fars) about 17 km (10.2 miles) from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran. Kish is a free trade zone.
- Kish Tourist Affairs Office: +98 764 4424423
Upon arrival at Kish Airport, all female passengers will be immediately escorted to a room and very politely ordered to wear headscarves and long robes to cover their entire body. The clothing is available at the airport, and passengers are expected to return them when leaving Kish. Female visitors may be detained for a period of time under the perception that they 'might have difficulty finding their way around the island'. However, the staff in general are very polite, but speak little English.
Kish International AirportThe most popular airline with the most regular domestic and international flights in Kish is "Kish Airlines". Kish Air has international flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Kish Air also offers domestic flights to Iran's main cities, including Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad.
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Women who do not have appropriate Muslim dress (head scarves, long smocks or dresses) will be provided with them upon arrival prior to passing through customs and immigration. These are loaned free of charge, and should be returned upon leaving.
By carDriving by car is easy. There is only one route to Kish Island. If you are driving from Tehran, take care on the road and be alert of the highways and the pedestrians.
By busThere are private buses that will take you from Tehran and other main cities to Kish Island. This is probably the safest way of travelling in Iran. Private buses in Iran are inexpensive compared to other countries in the Middle East.
By boatThere are boats that will take you from the port cities of Bandar-e Abbas, Bushehr and Chahbahar. As of June 2009 this has reportedly been suspended.
If you are energetic, walking is your best option. However, like the rest of Iran, there are plenty of taxis but without meters. It is advisable to agree the fare in advance, and to make sure that the driver understands where you want to go. The majority of taxis on the island are Toyota Camrys and are fully air-conditioned. The normal fares are usually US$2-5 depending upon the distance, which is never too long as the island is rather small.
Be careful to check your change as some taxi drivers will take advantage of tourists and attempt to short-change.
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Popular tourist attractions
Kish Dolphin & Crocodile ParkThe Dolphin Park an ocean atrium, and offers dolphin and other sea mammal shows.
The Green Tree ParkThe park with the oldest trees on the island.
Mysteries of the World ZooA small zoo with exotic animals on display.
Greek ShipThe historic and famous old ship resting on one of the shores of Kish Island. It has become a major tourist attraction. It is a beautiful scenic area, and you can bring food for a picnic and sit in a shaded area.
Giant Bird SculptureYou can climb up inside of it.
Underground Town of CarizMore than 2,500 years old, it has been converted into an underground town 16 metres below the surface, and with an area of more than 10,000 square miles.
The Ancient Town of HarirehRuins of stone buildings in an area 3 by 1 kilometre. The structures were built of sandstone, with some plaster on the walls. Some were originally a number of storeys in height. Harireh town is estimated to be 800 years old, and is thought to have been destroyed by a powerful earthquake.
Marjon Beach ParkEntry is free.
The beachesSnorkeling on the beaches of Kish Island is said to be amongst the best in the world, while the scuba-diving offers an even more spectacular insight of life beneath the waters. A variety of other water sports are also available: jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, reef walking, coral viewing, boating and water-skiing are some of the popular ways to enjoy yourself when visiting the Island. A variety of other water sports are also available. The Kish coastline is one of the least dangerous coasts in the world. Kish has gorgeous white sandy beaches for relaxing walks.
Women-only beaches are available for the female tourists to the Island. Women do not have access to most beaches, or to the prime snorkeling areas. There used to be an "international beach" where male and female foreign tourists could swim together, but it has been closed by the government.
Contrary to the above information regarding the Greek Ship, there is no restaurant on board what remains of the historic ship. Still, this is a beautiful island - and you could bring food with you and enjoy the site while sitting at a shaded table nearby.
Paradise 1 International Mall
Paradise 2 International Mall
The Paniz International Mall
Zaytoon International Mall
Morvarid International Mall
Venus International Mall
Marjon International Mall
Kish Trade Centre
Most people on Kish Island work from 09:00 to 17:00, including the government employees. On Thursdays, government employees work from 09:00 to 13:00.
Boof Fast Food Restaurantphone: +98 764 4420554address: Pardis II MallKish's answer to McDonald's.
Espadana Restaurantphone: +98 764 44220689
Papa Restaurantphone: +98 764 4430130
Kish KFCKish Fried Chicken.
Asal Kish Restaurantphone: +98 764 4424420
Pars Khalij Buffetphone: +98 764 4430356
Nahange SefidA variety of Iranian food (live music).
Shandiz SafdariShishlik (lamb chop grilled) accompanied by Iranian Rice and Laban (Yoghurt) drink.
Kooh-e-NoorThe 5-star restaurant of Sadaf International Hotel. The restaurant has a "cave" theme. 'Kooh-e-Noor' is translated as "the mountain of light", and is also the name of one of the world's largest diamonds.
Pavion Restaurantphone: +98 764 4422614
Nagshe Jahan Restaurantphone: +98 764 4420390
Paayaab Restaurantphone: +98 764 4423638address: Olympic Boulevard Olympic Square
'Cafe Aquarium' (ground floor of Pardis II Shopping Mall.) This popular hangout serves "Starbucks" coffee, Italian style sandwiches, banana splits, and fresh fruit juice to a young, hip crowd.
Alighapou Hotelphone: +98 764 5-23203 44 0764
Fanoos Hotelphone: +98 764 443200-5
Ghasedak HotelMainly catering for Chinese expats. It is fairly basic but has friendly staff and is located in walking distance to the jetty and some malls.
phone: +98 76 4444 6290A 2-star hotel.
Tatilat Hotelphone: +98 76 44443 9968
Maryam Hotelphone: +98 76 44421 1117Built as a luxury hotel, it is gradually becoming more run-down. The lobby is still quite impressive, however, and the rooms are nice. Customer service is a lost art.
Sunrise International Hotelphone: +98 76 4446 7501A nice and clean place. Each suite comprises of a double bedroom, a living room with sofas and a television, a small kitchenette with a fridge and two modern bathrooms. The cost of a taxi from the airport is around US$2.5. Has a cosy restaurant and coffee shop.
Dariush Grand Hotelphone: +98 7644 449 00
Sadaf International Hotelphone: +98 7644 420 5907
Parmis hotelphone: +98 7644 446 22330
Flamingo HotelOne of the more recent hotels in Kish.
The Flower of the EastConstruction has been on hiatus since 2010.
- Area code for Iran: 0098 (+98)
- Area code for Kish: 0764
- Kish mobile phone code: 0934
InternetThere are various internet cafés on Kish Island. Internet speed varies from café to café. A popular internet café is the Kish Cyber Café at Shayan Hotel, Tel: 4422771-5 (2623), email@example.com. One hour is around US$2.5.
- Emergency services: 110
- Kish Hospital: 4422811 or 4422211