man standing near the Persian gulf and his wooden small ship in the back in Qeshm island

Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam Travel Guide

The Outer Space Magical Southern Islands of Iran

It’s like a huge shell that one day came out of the sea. As a proof to the humans that there is so much more to the mother earth than what they’ve already discovered. It looks like a maze carved into the edges of the mountain rocks. As I walk in between the trails of the valley of stars, my jar drops from seeing what’s in front of me.

The vast view of the blue Persian Gulf coastline is at the vista point of the valley of imagination. The sun is setting. It blows my mind how it makes love to the different shapes created on the edges of this mountain. I can see birds, dragons, humans, and many more transformations. It’s all shapes created by light in between the edges of the mountain.

A map shows Qeshm, Hormuz and Hengam Islands in green and its neighbor provinces in gray.

General Facts

The southern islands of Iran are like those cool kids at school with whom everyone wants to hang. If you ask Iranians if they’ve been to the southern islands, they either give you the proud look of “hell yeah, I am cool enough to have been there”.  Or, they give you the disappointed look of “you know, always wanted to go but never got lucky enough.” All those who have gone would probably brag about the turtle friends they found. Or they tell you about the wisdom of the island kids or the glittery out of space beaches of Hormuz and all the things to do in Qeshm. It’s also a must for them to show you plenty of seashells and weird rocks they have brought as a memory of the swims they took day and night at the island beaches.

Whether it’s the red sand of the beaches of Hormuz or the unusual sounds heard from the middle of the Star Valley in Qeshm, many have believed the southern islands of Iran come as close as it gets to another planet. You might think you’ve met aliens once you become friends with hippies living in the off-the-beaten mountains and beaches. It’s as if thousands of years ago, this planet was buried underneath the sea. One day the sound of traditional southern music made it all magically come out for us to experience it today. It’s worth visiting them before they disappear to outer space again.

kids looking at camera in an alley in Hormuz

Kids of Hormuz Island

Population in the Southern Islands

Wondering where you could see the most diversity of the population in Iran? The southern Islands bordering the Persian Gulf are the best places to visit. From the Arabs who got on the ships to reach the cozy island beach to the people who moved from other regions here, the islands will give you that sense of “oh, yeah! That’s what I am talking about” when it comes to diversity. Actually, many Iranians have moved from different regions of Iran to the islands. Many have come for their love of tourists, and they’ve opened hostels and cafes.

Qeshm is the largest island of Iran, has a population of 117,000 people. You know some places have millions more. However, what makes every person count a thousand times more in the population is how the people of the Qeshm island live so full-heartedly every second. Qeshm island consists of 59 towns and villages along its 1,491 square kilometer surface.

Hormuz, with 5900 people, is like a spaceship holding the human gems inside this rainbow-colored island. Hormuz is a much smaller island compared to Qeshm. It has a surface area of only 42 square kilometers. And yes, Hengam probably holds more seashells inside than humans. With only 700 people living there, the beaches are so remote. Therefore, you could enjoy an all-day solo walk along the ocean while hanging out with the dolphins to entertain yourself.

The Climate of the Islands

No matter what time of the year it is, out of all the things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam, you want to dive deep into the ocean and swim, swim, swim. Yes, the temperature of the water is suitable all year round. However, the weather gets pretty damn hot during the summers. Some of the regions of Iran get buried under the snow during the winter. However, it seems like the southern islands have come out of the sea to give a solution to people wanting to run away from the winter cold.

The sun loves the islands just like people do. It lives there permanently all year long. However, sometimes it wants to keep the islands just for herself. So, it even sends the locals underwater for a few months during summer. Most locals, especially kids in the Southern Islands, would tell you they would not have been able to live there during that time if they didn’t learn how to swim. They might tell you one of the only things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam during summer is swimming day to night!

When to Visit Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam

The best time to visit the southern islands of Iran is from November to February. You’ll get to swim while enjoying the sunny days next to the beaches. Also, sipping on some traditional drinks or forbidden beer could be a fun thing to do in Hengam. People still love the warmth even up until Mid-May. However, the Persian new year holidays also fall towards the end of March. Therefore, the islands will be much more crowded during the spring. Turns out it’s a common interest of all of us in the world to enjoy some beach relaxation. Therefore, the best time to visit the islands is probably in the winter season 🙂

History of Southern Islands of Iran

How long do you think it’s been since the first humans stepped on the coastline of the Persian Gulf and created places to live there? Well, the first signs of human ancestors (not homo sapiens) life in the islands go back to 400 thousand years ago in Qeshm. Since then, many different dynasties have ruled and faded away into the sea as their time came to an end. One worth mentioning though is the Portuguese. During the 16th century, the Portuguese were superpowers who invaded many lands. When they entered the southern waters of Iran, the remoteness and the beauty of these islands mesmerized them.

To defend their newly-conquered territories, the Portuguese built several forts and strongholds along the coastline of the Persian Gulf. Portuguese occupying forces in the 16th century constructed the Qeshm’s Portuguese Castle, as it is commonly known, is a fort on the island of Qeshm.

You can imagine the majesty of the fort walking inside the castle hundreds of years ago thinking about the beauty of their surroundings. The area is surrounded by beautiful date palms. They could probably whisper many more tales about the former Portuguese princess to us. The royal family would probably also picnic on the weekends at the island of Hengam while watching the dolphins.

The conflict came to an end at the time of the Safavid Shah, Abbas I of Persia. He conquered the Portuguese territories forcing them to leave the Persian Gulf. So, the islands became an Iranian heritage for the next generations again.

Islands’ Economy

Both Qeshm Island and Hormuz have been famous as a trade and navigation center. Their economy flourished during the Daylamites and Buyid eras in the 10th century, as trade vessels sailed between Qeshm Island and China, India, and Africa. Also, Qeshm is one of the islands that is considered “Trade and Industrial Free Area”. That means it is exempt from paying taxes. Therefore, Qeshm Island was granted considerable leeway to set its own policies independent of the central government. That impedes growth in many sectors of the economy.

While there are many things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam, the leading occupation of the residents on the island is actually working in tourism. Tourism has had a great rise in the islands in the past decade. That made it one of the main ways the residents make their income. Qeshm also has a Bazaar that has a crucial role in its economy.  People from all regions of Iran visit Qeshm to buy cheaper foreign products as the island is a free trade zone.

fisherman on his boat with shrimp in hand look at camera

Fishing is one of the major jobs in southern islands.

Souvenirs of Persian Gulf Islands

The islands are full of gems to take home to your friends and family. Most souvenirs are edible wonders such as Dates or traditional sweets. However, there is also a variety of traditional handicrafts and accessories, such as Southern women’s clothing and jewelry. You could find them in either the Qeshm bazaar or the Hengam little shops. People from all around also love shopping in the Qeshm bazaar for foreign products of all sorts because it is much cheaper and tax-free.

Well, it’s important to mention that once you arrive at the islands, you would come across little shops. Women sell little glass bottles full of Hormuz colorful sand. Yes, literal sand. And yes, we know you should not take away the beach sand from one place to another. Why? Because, if we take the glittery sand of Hormuz every time we visit that place, the beach is not going to be glittery anymore after a while. Just like we usually don’t like to take too many seashells and rocks even though they are absolutely beautiful. That’s a rule of responsible traveling after all!

However, there is this kid in one of the cafes in Hormuz who might come sit next to you and magically give you a necklace or a bracelet.  He makes them from seashells and rocks of the island. Taking that gift from him would not be so much of a harm to the island. So, go ahead and take it for you or a dear one back home.

Culture of Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam

“I could hear the rhythmic sound of drums and groups of women cheering. Laughter and clapping were at the heart of what was happening. In the darkness of my room trying to sleep, I thought to myself I was dreaming of these voices. As the sounds continued to get louder, I thought I should get up to see what’s out there. It felt like I only dived more in-depth into my dream when I opened the doors of my room, but apparently, that was the reality of Island nights. There was a group of beautiful women in traditional colorful clothes dancing and playing music alongside men and kids who were lost singing and clapping their hearts out.

The instruments were nothing like what I had heard before. Daf, Damam, Neyanban were the names. I could hear the waves of the ocean in the background inside this traditional Island house in the heart of Qeshm.

“Would you like to take a swim in the ocean at sunrise?” Asked this little kid. As I responded with a big yes, he took me to the beach nearby. Out of all the things to do in Qeshm, that was one of the best ones. I experienced the vast blue of the Persian Gulf as the sun started rising in the horizon. I felt like the border of reality and dreams were nonexistent in the islands. The different hues of blue with the pink sky of the early morning made me feel at home for a second.  Many friends had told me about the sense of belonging one feels once in Qeshm”. I think that the story from one of our tourists is the best way to introduce you to the southern island culture.

Hormuz women in a wedding that shows their unique culture

A woman carrying a gift basket in a wedding in Hormuz

The Religion of Southern Islands

There is a diversity of religions in the southern islands of Iran because of its proximity to other countries through the Persian Gulf. However, most of the residents are Muslims, and most are the followers of Sunni (Shafei) religion. Also, you can see so many traces of religion as you would in other regions of Iran. One of the things to do in Qeshm could be visiting Sunnis special mosques! Also, you might think to yourself how well the people in the south have separated religion from the face of their villages and kept it private for themselves.

Its people are known for

Have you ever seen people so lovely you wish they were your family or they adopted you as their child? Well, get prepared to feel that way in the islands! They are also like those cool parents who party all night every night as music is so interwoven in the culture of the islands. While there are countless Qeshm, Hengam, and Hormuz attractions, one of the best ways to entertain yourself is to socialize with the people! Hanging out with them in the cafes might be one of the best things to do in Hormuz at night as the people of the islands are known for their hospitality. They are also considered one of the happiest people in our country.

Real-Life Fact

The people in the islands speak Farsi. However, their accent is a combination of words that have emerged from Farsi, Hindu, Bandari, and English. A big section also speaks Arabic. Some residents know Hindu and Hindu Arabic. Why?  Due to trading with other countries along the coastline or traveling to those lands for work!

Atmosphere

Tourists and locals are bonding over a cup of tea inside the cafes in Hormuz or Qeshm, which is a typical scene to come across in the islands. Tourists love visiting the southern islands from all regions of Iran and around the world. One thing that is so special about the island atmosphere is the kids. The southern kids are very social, and sometimes you’ll get lucky if you have great communication skills with kids. Why?  Sometimes if they have free time, they love to take you to the hidden gems of the islands exploring an amazing old alleyway about which only kids know in Qeshm of Hormuz.

Walking at night alongside other tourists and locals at night in the peaceful streets and alleys of the islands or by the beach is one of the best things to do in Hormuz and Hengam. You’ll realize that everything in the atmosphere of the islands is connected to one word: “Relaxation”.  That will be the word you’ll take away home with you once you pack your memories of your vacation to the southern islands of Iran.

tourists taking selfie in Qeshm

Tourists record memories on Qeshm island

Southern Foods of Iran

Well, have you ever eaten soil? Yes, you heard me right. One of the most fun things to do in Hormuz island is to eat its magical soil! Well, not the soil on its own! The locals take the fresh fish of their waters, such as sardines, kilka, and another kind called ‘momagh’, clean them and marinate them in the peel of sour oranges and a particular sauce made of red soil of Hormuz. They put it all in a large container and leave it in the sun for two days. Then it’s cooked to become a delicious meal called ‘suragh’. A lot of tourists don’t dare to try it but the ones that have loved this traditional dish.

The same red soil is also used in baking the local bread called ‘tomshi’. You might see women sitting by the side of sidewalks in Hormuz baking a bread on a traditional circular street oven. Besides the soil dishes, all the southern islands benefit from the newly caught fish that’s turned into a variety of delicious local Persian dishes with spice and fire listed below:

Kolumba: also known as fish Halim is made of fish, wheat, and vegetables (coriander and dill).

Poodini Kooseh (shark): Shredded shark meat fried with onion, coriander, dill, tomato sauce and dried lime powder.

Ghalieh Mahi: It is a nutritious fish stew cooked with Tamarind and herbs very popular in the south of Iran.

Opiozi: Walnut, sugar, turmeric, pomegranate paste, onions, eggs, salt, pepper, and dried bread are used to make this dish. It’s a great vegetarian dish.

Sambuseh: It is basically the Iranian samosa. They usually have fish, shrimp or only vegetables and potatoes inside. There is a spicy red sauce on the side for dipping. The tops are sometimes sprinkled with crunchy black nigella seeds.

Read More: The Best Persian Foods You Shouldn’t Miss

two women traditional Hormuz foods

Delicious Hormuz foods cooked by women

Iran Sothern Islands’ Music & Tales

So long after visiting the southern islands of Iran, what stays in your heart and head is the music. From the little kid playing a unique percussion instrument inside the traditional guest house in Qeshm to the beautiful woman singing southern lullabies by the beach at sunset, tourists have many memories of the tunes of Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam. The music itself will tell you many unheard stories from the heart of native instruments that have become part of the culture in the islands.

Dornika 28, Berlin, Germany

As a musician it was very fascinating for me to see the variety of creative instruments! People of the south have discovered some really cool ones throughout the years. The first time I saw and heard Neyanban, I was just mesmerized! It is this type of droneless double-chantered bagpipe that is specific to the southern region of Iran. I felt as if all the ceremonial instruments had turned into one! It could play the tunes of sadness and take me to the land of grief at one moment and then throw me back to a traditional celebration full of joy right after. I can’t describe it in words. You just have to hear the stories this instrument has to tell! It’s nothing like what you’ve heard before.

Listen to sounds of Qeshm by Mohammad Mansour Vaziri:

Art & Architecture of the Islands

The history of the architecture in Qeshm and the islands goes back to thousands of years ago when Kharbas temple was built as an ancient temple of Mithraism. It’s a ceremonial type of architecture. That means it is all centered around one element: collective peace and calmness. One of the things to do in Qeshm or Hormuz is walking the alleys of the different parts enjoying the clay houses that have a grounding feeling to them.

Houses usually have a big yard and rooms as big as their owners’ hearts. Island houses are often semi introverted, with rooms designed around a central courtyard. Also, tall and high windows and wide porches facing the streets or squares were placed on the second and 3rd floor, to use bilateral air inside the rooms and reduce heat intensity during the summer. Therefore, the form of the buildings was considered in the wind-flow direction (north to south) to benefit from the wind breeze.

Also, as you pass the different villages of Qeshm, the different architecture of mosques will grab your attention having only one minaret. These special mosques are prayer homes of the largest Sunni community in Iran that live in the south.

Pretty much all architectural sites in the islands have one element in common when it comes to the architecture: mystery! From the coastline village of windcatchers called Laft in Qeshm to the clay, houses turned into guesthouses and cafes in Hormuz, the sense of mystery will follow you all along!

That only gets better once you see the island women wear Borghe on their eyes, exaggerating that sense of mystery. What’s Borghe? A traditional mask worn by many women in the south of Iran. Some are sparkly and colorful and the others are full black. Reminding you of those masquerade balls you’ve seen before! (yes, it’s a good souvenir, too). Combined with the Chador bandari, which is their traditional Chador that is made out of thin colorful fabrics.

There is so much more to the handicrafts and architecture of the southern island, but I’ll use their trick and leave the mystery there for you to go discover it for yourself on your vacation to Iran.

traditional house yard Qeshm ancient architecture

Houses usually have a big yard and rooms as big as their owners’ hearts.

Festivals and Events

Do you believe in the power of the wind? Well, how much? Do you believe that the bad winds could get inside your body and make you go mad or become terribly sick? You might be wondering how, so, if you are heading to Qeshm or Hormuz, be sure to ask about this mysterious ceremony called Zar. Out of all the things to do in Qeshm and Hormuz, Zar ceremony is one to experience!

In this ceremony, people will try to take the bad winds out of the body of individuals affected by them. They do it through songs and music. They’ll also have conversations with the bad spirit called Zar locked inside the body of a normal human!

The circle ceremonies are led by Baba Zar if male or Mama Zar if female. As they sing, the bad Zar makes an appearance by specific signs. Some of them will make the possessed person start to move and shake. It almost feels like a contemporary dance performance. Every piece of the music goes with a specific spirit. If there is no reaction from the patient, musicians change the tune. They keep changing it until they see the bad spirit moving through the body and finally coming out, asking for a sacrifice.

I am not going to give you all the details as just like anything else; the mystery is the main element of experiences in the southern islands. While the Zar ceremony is the most mysterious event to attend in the islands, your Qeshm day plans can also include the many music events and festivals always happening at the heart of the villages. The tunes of the southern islands never stop playing.

The Qeshm local traditional music festival happens in mid-spring. While the Geopark trail international marathon takes place in Qeshm at the beginning of February. So, the events cover a wide range of subjects as well. Be sure to ask your Qeshm travel guide to show you the countless and diverse happenings on the island when you are visiting Iran!

Nature of Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam

Have you ever seen a sea that turns into a forest? Or better said a forest and a lake who are like best friends? Well, I say best friends because the roots of the trees are deep in the saltwater instead of the soil. As you get on a boat to experience one of the most amazing things to do in Qeshm, Mangrove forest, or Hara forest, as locals know, it will blow away your mind. You go through a sea in which at high tide, the tree coverage is the only thing you’ll see of it! The rest of the tree parts are underneath the water. Only at low tide, the mystery prevails itself, and you’ll see the whole trunk of a mangrove tree.

Not interested in the Mangrove forest overall? Well, there are plenty of other things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam! You could wander in the rainbow mountains that look like another planet with a combination of red, yellow, white, purple, and brown rocks.

Also, you could entertain yourself with the winds that resemble ghosts to some in the star valley of Qeshm. The structures in the middle of the island look like a natural maze.

Last but not least, one of the things about all the islands’ nature that will blow your mind is the color of the Persian Gulf. You’ll see a ray of blue, purple and even red water along the coastline!

The nature of the southern islands is full of wonders. I could write tens and hundreds of articles about them and still have things to talk about afterward! Well, there is a reason UNESCO has also registered Qeshm as a global Geopark worth exploring!

Wildlife

Did you know the shape of Qeshm is like a dolphin? So, the first wildlife you’ll come across is the island itself! But you’ll also see real dolphins once you head from Qeshm to Hengam! If dolphins and their interesting community life in the Persian Gulf does not inspire you, then you could do many things in Qeshm and Hengam to become friends with more animals and check an item on your what to see in Qeshm or Hormuz list! The diverse range of aquarium fish around the Hengam island can be a great example for you to explore. Also, if you are lucky, you’ll come across the beautiful deer families that live in Hengam island as well.

From the variety of sea life and creatures, you’ll see in the water to the different unique kinds of birds in the Mangrove forest, and the variety of dragons and unique animals you’ll see in the shape of the moutains of Hormuz, seeing wildlife will be one of the things on your Hengam, Qeshm and Hormuz day plans at all times without even planning!

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The sun was setting and we were sitting by the beach when he came. He was one of the richest locals in the south. He came to their vacation house on the island on the weekends. We started talking to him realizing that he was an underwater photographer and filmmaker. He showed us the many footages he had of the magical creatures that live right in the sea we were sitting by! It was quite astonishing seeing and knowing the many different kinds of sea life we had never seen in our lives before!

toursit takes photo of dolphins qeshm and hengam

You can see real dolphins once you head from Qeshm to Hengam

Surfing on Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam

Well, even though you’ve probably heard a lot about the things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz or Hengam up until now, there is still so much more to this region of Iran! There are many local and international tourists who plan a few days’ tours to the islands. However, once they get there, they get glued to the land and want to spend weeks and sometimes months exploring all the Hengam, Hormuz, and Qeshm attractions.

Main Areas For Eating, Shopping, Hanging out

One of the things to do in Hengam, Hormuz, and Qeshm, just like everywhere else you visit is SHOPPING. From the local Qeshm bazaar, which carries all the things imaginable to the little local shops in the traditional guesthouses where a few local women offer their handicrafts or the beach fair at Hengam with its many souvenirs, you’ll have plenty of options for shopping.

Eating and hanging out are intertwined in the southern islands. Depending on what sort of experience you are craving, you’ll be able to find many places to eat and socialize. If you want to taste the local international cuisine, you could head to Qalheh cultural collective in Hormuz where they host an international chef from a different country each month. You are tired of international cuisine and want to try the fresh catch of the day? Shabhaye Talai is a restaurant by the beach with relaxing atmosphere where you can have all different types of fish in the serenity of the coastline. However, if you are up for a more authentic local experience, many people have turned their houses into a restaurant space, meaning you’ll literally eat the traditional dishes of the islands in a local house.

Adventures

Imagine you are sleeping in your tent at a beautiful remote beach in Hengam when they came in the middle of the night. You hear them from your tent, so you get up and go out to see what’s going on. “Woah, you are going in the water for fishing this late?” You ask the locals wearing dive suits ready for spearfishing. As you are speaking with them, you see a boat with a fishnet in the water getting closer to the beach. This is when you probably doubt that you are awake as you’ve never thought one of the things to do in Hengam would be fishing in the middle of the night!

The boat offers you to get on and experience fishing with them as they sing soothing songs to the sea. You are hesitant at first, but once you get on and see the amazing sparkling and shiny creatures in the sea, you know this will be a memory you’ll remember for life.

That’s only an example of the unique adventures you’ll have with your Hengam, Hormuz, and Qeshm travel guide. From mud play in the middle of Hara forests to visit the dolphins in the middle of the Persian Gulf with a boat and surfing at the beaches of Qeshm, your options for adventure are limitless. There are many things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam that will satisfy your sense of adventure, which you can read more about in the attraction section of this article! Also, whatever island activities you can imagine can probably come true here!

Transportation

Have you ever ridden on the back of a motorcycle by the coastline in a vast field? You see nothing but the sun setting at the horizon on the ocean. Well, that’s common scenery if you visit the islands of the south of Iran, specially Hengam. The forms of transportation can be quite unique. The tuk-tuk with their colorful appearance will let you feel the cool breeze while seeing and looking at the beautiful Hormuz mountains. Sometimes the driver will put on some southern music and tell you all about the singer, or sometimes they’ll share stories of the sites you just pass by without stopping giving you a piece of what they represent for the locals.

tourist and rider in tricycle motorcycle in hormuz

Have you ever ridden on the back of a motorcycle by the coastline in a vast field?

How to Reach the Southern Islands?

            Well, water surrounds all around the islands!  So, how you get to the southern island is quite an adventure on its own. Depending on where you are coming from, you might be able to get on a train to Bandar Abbas. Bandar Abbas is a big city close to the southern islands from which you could head to Qeshm or Hormuz. If you are coming from a city not on the train route, then your best bet is to fly to Qeshm straight from where you are.

Another form of transportation is the ferry, which you have to get on to move from one island to another. They are about thirty minutes to an hour each way. So, you get to live in the dream of being in the middle of the Persian Gulf for a short amount of time as the different blues of the water mesmerize you. There are different routes to get around on the islands. For instance, you can get to Hormuz from Bandar Abbas or Qeshm, or it’s better to go from Qeshm to Hengam.

How to Get Around in the Southern Islands?

Tuk-tuk and motorcycles are usually the go-to for easier transportation in the islands. However, getting a driver and a car to take you around is also possible. It’s one of the things to do in Qeshm, Hormuz, and Hengam if you just want to experience the comfortable ride! Walking by the remote beaches and mountains of Hormuz and Hengam are definitely among the best way of transporting yourself from planet earth to outer space of these beautiful islands!

The Best Things to Do in Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam

Qeshm

There are so many beautiful places to discover on your Qeshm sightseeing adventure, but we can only introduce some of them to you here that we like the most.

Chahkuh Canyon:

The result of erosion from rainwater on sedimentary stone created outer space like shapes in the heart of a mountain. Chahkuh literally means mountain full of wells, which is the primary purpose of this attraction from thousands of years ago.

Chahkuh Canyon qeshm

Chahkuh literally means a mountain full of wells.

 Naz Islands:

The phenomenon of high and low tides of Naz Island makes it special. At low tides, you can watch car racings and enjoy the dry land while a few hours later, the high tides will cover it all with water!

Valley of Stars:

Locals believe that a star once fell where the valley of stars is located. They believe that the rocky shapes that make it seem as if from another planet is a result of that phenomenon. It’s a land full of mystery. 

valley of stars at night with stars Qeshm

Locals believe that a star once fell where the valley of stars is located.

Laft Leng Building Workshops:

Are you are interested to see how Iranians have made wooden ships and boats for centuries?  Laft village offers a look into this ancient art. Generation to generation, our ancestors passed this art in the southern islands to their children. A small community at Laft village is keeping this tradition alive by building wooden Lenjes by hand, plank by plank, using the same basic principles as their ancestors.

Mangrove Forests:

Turtles, crabs, shrimp, snakes, herons, cranes, and pelicans. That is where you’ll meet them! Hanging out at this forest in the middle of the water with your own private boat is quite fun!

Mangrove Forests in qeshm tourist takes photo

Hanging out at this forest in the middle of the water with your own private boat is quite fun!

Hormuz

Outer space magic has filled this place! Therefore, you cannot go wrong visiting any of the Hormuz sightseeing adventures you hear about from your friends or Hormuz travel guide.

Rainbow Valley:

A mountain that looks like a rainbow with its many vibrant and beautiful colors. Your hands might get a little dirty. Why? Because you’ll want to pick the rocks and make sure they are really made out of so many colors at once! Yellow, purple, orange, brown, white, red are only a few colors to name.

The Valley of the Statues:

The wind has formed different shapes in the heart of the mountain! It’s like a natural museum of statues created by mother earth! This place is especially magical during sunset. Plus, it is a vista point to watch over a beautiful glittery silver beach. 

Red Beach:

Deep red hills by the beach have made the water also pinkish. It’s the scenery like you’ve never seen before. As you grab a handful of sands, they will get red as henna. Red, the color of passion and romance dominates everything.

landscape of read beach in Hormuz

Red, the color of passion and romance dominates everything.

Mofanegh Beach:

It’s a far remote beach that literally looks like another planet. Several mountains with unusual, beautiful colors would surround you as you camp under the starry nights of this magical space.

Salt Goddess Cave:

It literally looks like a goddess of salt! The beautiful combination of red and white looking crystals will make you take a bow in front of the goddess for its indescribable beauty!

tourist Salt Goddess Cave Hormuz

The beautiful combination of red and white looking crystals will make you take a bow in front of the goddess.

Hormuz Soil Carpet:

It’s a soil carpet covering an area of 1300 square meters made of 90 different colors of soil. Locals call it “Damahi” a mythical fish believed to help the natives trapped in panic situations. This carpet is the world’s largest soil carpet soon to be recorded in the Guinness book of records.

Hengam

This is the place to chill with many different beaches to enjoy. You could spend a day here or weeks. You’ll feel the serenity of the Persian Gulf while hanging out with the dolphins. Impressive soft-coral reefs that offer great diving experiences surround Hengam! 🙂

Kale khamasi Beach:

It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Hengam. You could camp there if you are up for staying an extra night in Hengam. Sometimes when there is no wind, at nights, you might be able to see a magical scene! The Phytoplanktons will float at the surface of the water close to the shore. They shine with a bright blue light creating a glowing line across the coastline.

Aerial Photos of kale khamasi beach in hengam

You could camp here if you are up for staying night in Hengam.

Silver Beach:

Have you ever come across a beach covered with glittery silver sands? Well, the silver beach in Hengam has that glory. Your hands will get glitters all over if you touch the sand. It’s quite a unique experience in Iran!

Qeshm, Hormuz & Hengam Included Tour Packages

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21 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Touch the Diversity

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To explore Iran's people and its ancient civilization, architecture, mountains, deserts, jungles and seas

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The cars on the streets of Tehran with the Milad tower in the background during a sunset in Tehran.

Tehran

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The Capital city of Iran. Tehran is the most populated city located in the north-central part of Iran at the foot of the Alborz mountain range. This metropolitan is where the modern present and likely future of Iran is nestled between family traditions and historical streets. Diversity is at its heart. People come from all different regions to experience Tehran....
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The interior of the Nasir Al-mulk mosque of Shiraz during the day.

Shiraz

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To feel the presence of the Persian empire and one of the oldest civilizations of the world is what makes Shiraz bold for tourists. From Perspolis and Pasargad to the breathtaking mosques filled with colorful lights, shiraz weaves together different eras to bring forth a diversity of Iranian culture in each of its corners....
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Naqshe Jahan square with its water fountain and the blue sky full of clouds in Isfahan.

Isfahan

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Stretched along the Zayandeh rud river, Isfahan used to be the historical capital of Iran. They say if you visit this city, you’ve visited “half of the world”. As it has the historical square of Naqshe Jahan with mind-blowing art and architecture of mosques, buildings, and the bazaar. A city of historic bridges that take you through ancient times....
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A couple watching the Lut desert and Kalouts

Kerman

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Kerman is located in the largest province of Iran, amounting to 11% of the country’s total land. A city with a historical Bazaar full of the lively modern dynamic of present times. Kerman is one of the oldest centers of civilizations in the world. Surrounded by the most beautiful Yardang (Kaluts) of Lut desert that takes you deep into the silence and starry...
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An old woman sitting on a step looking down by the red clay walls of Abyaneh in Kashan.

Kashan

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It’s a city full of historical houses at the edge of the Dashte-Kavir desert. It’s small in size but rich in culture and wonders to explore every time. An oasis with clay villages that take you back to ancient times. It has a Bazaar worth taking many photos inside with shops that have beautiful Persian carpets and handicrafts inside....
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People sitting at a roof café in Yazd with a blue lightened up mosque in the background.

Yazd

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This historical city is located at the heart of central Iran. The city dates back to the 5th century, located close to the silk road at the time. Yazd is listed as a UNESCO world heritage city. It is a brilliant example of how our ancestors used their limited resources in the desert for survival....
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