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  • Kish Island is 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 Island with an area of 90 square km (36 sq. miles) is one of the most beautiful places in the Persian Gulf. Oval in shape (15Km X 8Km), Kish has beautiful white silvery sand beaches for relaxing walks. Other activities include jogging, swimming, boating, diving, fishing, concerts and plays frequently held on the Kish Summer Cinema.

  • It has an ancient history of 3,000 years with other names such as Kamtina, Arakia, Arakata, and Ghiss.

  • In 12th century, it was an Arab Port and famous for its pearls. When Marco Polo visited the Imperial court in China, he commented on the Emperor's wife pearls, he was told that they were from Kish.

  • After the 14th century, it regressed until the 1960's when last Shah turned it into a luxury resort . After the Islamic Revolution, it has become a duty-free shopping center with good prices on electronics. Check with customs or the KFZO (Kish Free Zone Org) about current customs regulations.

  • Kish Island is hot and humid in the summer but pleasant November thru March. The local minibuses are an excellent way to see the island. Bicycle rental is available and there is a Special Bike Route clearly marked. Swimming is encouraged and there are seperate beaches for men and women. Maps available at the Kish Tourism Org. office. Scuba diving off the coral reefs is another highlight (home of the rare emporor fish).

  • The accommodations and restaurants on the island are expensive comparing to the mainland. It has nice villas, hotels, and guesthouses - for more information see hotels. The island with its own distinctive flag, and own vehicle registration plates is intended to make it into a high-class resort for foreign visitors. Almost everything is marked in English.

  • There are flights from Shiraz and Tehran and boats from Bandar-e Abbas and Bushehr. Be sure to purchase tickets in well in advance.

  • In Kish Island, attractions are Kish Aquarium with beautiful and colorful fish. Also, of interest is the Pearl Culturing and Developing Center. Helicopter shuttle service is also available for flying over the green waters of the Persian Gulf.

  • Little remains of the ancient cities of Harireh and Saffein for visitors to see, and less is known about the origins of these cities. The poet Saadi mentions Harireh in his 8th Century poem "Golestan" (Rose Garden).