Qeshm Island is the Largest Island in The Persian Gulf. It is filled with natural wonders that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. The culture and life style of the locals also is completely different than the rest of the country.
Qeshm island tourism is number one destination for most Iranians during Holidays, so tourists might not want to be there during this time because it gets extremely crowded and most of the Qeshm Hotels get over booked.
Another advantage point of it is that you can enter and stay in Qeshm Island Visa -free. There are 69 cities and villages in this Island.
The weather here during spring, winter, and autumn is cool and pleasant benefiting Qeshm island tourism, but during summer it gets extremely hot and humid.
Iran Travel Guide Center invites you to follow this article in order to have detailed information about Qeshm Island Tourism before travel.
Travel to Qeshm Island
By Airplane: Qesh Island International Airport is located at the Center of the Island, 50 km away from Qeshm city. It is accessible only Via personal vehicle or Taxicabs. T+here are direct flights to Tehran City, Mashhad city, Rasht city, Isfahan City, Kerman City and Dubai City available. There are a number of Qeshm Hotels located close to the Airport as well.
By Bus: You can get a direct bus ride to Shiraz city and Isfahan City from Qeshm Bus Terminal. These buses commute to the mainland through Pol (Bridge) Harbor.
By Train: The closest train station to here is in Bandar Abbas city; from there you can take the ferry rides to Qeshm Island. There are daily trains available to Tehran city.
By Ferry ride: you can get a ferry ride to the Island from Bandar Abbas city’s Shahid Haghani port. This ferry ride takes almost 50 minutes to get you to Qeshm city in Qeshm Island. These boats leave every 30 minutes. Also there are ferry rides available to Hormoz Island.
You can also take the car moving Barges (a special boat for transporting heavy goods overseas or rivers) from Pol Harbor, and get off at Laft Harbor.
You won’t run out of choices among Qeshm Hotels and hostels; There are many Qeshm hotels but we mention only three for sample.
It is located in Naghashe Village, it is more than 80 years since it was established, and has an authentic and classic design.
Address: Naghashe village, 9 km away from Qesh International Airport
Phone number: +98 9177699177
Another budget option among Qeshm Hotels is Gonbad (گنبد) Namaki Hotl. This hostel has a classic and local design and serves homemade dishes.
Address: Kani Village: Namakdan, Qeshm Island
Phone number: +98 9171683976/ +98 9371383476
A decent choice of Qesh Hotels is Diplomat Hotel. It is located inside of Qeshm City and also suitable for tourists.
Address: Azadegan Blv. Qeshm City, Qeshm Island
Phone number: +98 76 3522 9927
Qeshm Island Tourism Attractions
Qeshm Island is a big Island, with more than 69 cities and villages. The most famous Qeshm Island tourism attractions are the natural ones. Aside from the sandy beaches and the clear waters of the Persian Gulf, you can enjoy the Hara Forests, which is filled with salt water trees. Valley of Fallen Star and Chahkooh Valley are two phenomenal sights in the Island.
The Salt cave and the turtles’ beach are also worth visiting, especially when it’s the time for the eggs to hatch. Also, Portuguese Castle is an Iconic Landmark of the Island, dating back to the 1600s.
There are some islands around Qeshm Island, such as Hengam Island, Larak Island and Naz Island, the last one being accessible only during low tides.
As every other Island, there are a number of water sports available in almost every corner of the Island, sports such as: Scuba diving, snorkeling, paragliding, jet skiing and… entertaining you throughout your whole stay.
There are many local Iranian cuisine dishes available in the island, but the best ones are the Sea foods.
Ta Moshi (تموشی) is a bread baked with eggs and added fish sauce, Ankas (عنکاس) which is a stew of ink fish, Kolomba Zitoon (کلمبا) and Hawari (هواری) are all different recipes for preparing fried fish served alongside rice.
Most of these food is only accessible in this region.
Offers a fusion of Indian-Iranian cuisine food.
Address: close to Plus Hotel, Old Bazaar, Qeshm city
A high Class restaurant serving mostly Sea food.
Address: Darya Mall, Dargahan City
This where you can try most of the Local Authentic Dishes.
Address: Behind the Portuguese Castle
Qeshm City Souvenirs
You might notice the amazing colorful dress code of the locals here at the moment you enter Qeshm Island. These clothes are one of the best souvenirs of the Island. Also spices, handcrafts, local cookies and specially date fruits are other main souvenirs of the city.
Qeshm Island Visa
One other factor that helps to boost Qeshm Island Tourism, is that foreigners can enter this Island and stay as long as they want, Visa Free. So no need to get Qeshm Island Visa!
Even if you decided to continue your trip to other places in Iran, you can easily get a visa from Qeshm island visa office.