Qeshm is the largest island of the Persian gulf. Located near the strait of Hormuz and 25km south of Bandar Abbas, it is 100km long and 35km wide at its largest and has an area of 1491 kmĀ². Qeshm is relatively flat (highest elevation is 350m) and quite dry, receiving on average only 183mm of rainfall per year. Around 100000 people live on Qeshm in 59 villages and the main city, Qeshm at its northeastern end. Qeshm is very interesting because of its scenery and has a number of tourist attractions (the geological formations in the Geopark, Namakdan salt cave and Stars valley; the Harra mangrove forest, the islands of Hengam and Naaz) and plenty of beaches. However it is not well known outside of Iran and its tourist infrastructure is relatively less developed, so that to visit the island it is necessary to use local travel agencies. We used the services of Fahim Saffari (tel: +98 917 9390965, email: fahimsaffari@hotmail.com), a young man who drove us around Qeshm with his Toyota Hilux car. Qeshm is accessible via ferries from Bandar-e-Pol and Bandar Abbas.

01 Path to Geopark 02 Sandstone with sea shells 03 Path to gorge 04 Path to gorge
05 Path to gorge 06 Walls with windows 07 Walls with windows
08 Peak 09 Path in ravine
10 Ravine 11 Ravine and water well 12 Chahkooh canyon
13 Shrubs 14 Bushes 01 Namakdan mountain
02 Namakdan mountain 03 Path to Namakdan mountain
04 Area around Namakdan cave 05 Namakdan cave entrance
06 Namakdan cave entrance 07 Salt cave 08 Namakdan cave
09 Salt wall in cave 10 Salt cave 11 Salt cave
12 Salt pond 01 Stars valley panoramic view
02 Stars valley panoramic view
03 Scenery with ravines and sandstone towers 04 Ravine
05 Marlstone ravines
06 Jagged marl sandstone valley
07 Panoramic view of canyons 08 Jagged marl sandstone
09 Motorbike 10 Marlstone peaks and ravines 11 Marlstone peaks and ravines 12 Jagged marl sandstone 13 Stars valley
14 Actors on motorbike 15 Film crew 16 Film crew near car parking
01 Harra mangroves 02 Restaurants
03 Boats 04 Jetty 05 Bandari men
06 Bandari men 07 Harra mangroves 08 Birds 09 Birds
10 Birds 11 Harra mangroves 12 Birds 13 Birds
01 Walking to the boats 02 Boats in Shibderaz harbour 03 Staircase to the boat 04 Shibderaz harbour
05 Shibderaz harbour pier 06 Skipper 07 Dolphins
08 Dolphins 09 Dolphins 10 Boat with tourists 11 Dolphins
12 Young Iranian man 13 Souvenir shop and cafe 14 Souvenir shop 15 Weaved round trays
16 Iranian men on the beach 17 Hengam island beach 18 Hengam island beach 19 Potatoes and onions
20 Beach fruit shop 21 Hengam island beach 22 Hengam island
01 Qeshm coast near Naaz at low tide 02 Naaz island at low tide
03 Naaz island at low tide 04 Naaz island at low tide
05 Naaz island 06 View of Qeshm island from Naaz 07 Qeshm coast near Naaz at low tide
08 Qeshm coast near Naaz at low tide 09 Iranian tourists 10 Iranian tourists
11 Iranian tourists 12 Crab 13 Qeshm coast near Naaz at low tide 14 Tourists
15 Old boat buried under the sand 16 Qeshm coast near Naaz at low tide 17 Cars parked near Naaz island 18 Cars parked near Naaz island
01 Khorbas caves 02 Khorbas caves 03 Path to caves
04 Path 05 Corridor 06 Corridor 07 Cave opening 08 View over plains
09 Staircase 10 Cave opening 11 Cave with viewing holes 01 Zeytoon beach
02 Woman walking along beach rocks 03 Zeytoon beach 04 Rocky Zeytoon beach 05 Rocky Zeytoon beach
06 Coral rocks 07 Woman with child 08 People on Zeytoon beach 09 Women with child
10 Scuba divers 11 Board warning of eagle rays on Zeytoon beach 12 Shoe print in sand 13 Plage beach
14 Stranded oil rig near beach 15 Gazebo 16 Plage beach 17 Plage beach
01 Vali Asr boulevard 02 Yellow taxis 03 Yellow Hyundai car 04 Skyscraper construction site
05 Building crane at sunset 06 Vali Asr boulevard 07 Vali Asr boulevard
08 Zeytoon park 09 Zeytoon park 10 City Centre shopping mall
11 City Centre shopping mall 12 City Centre shopping mall 13 Cream-filled pastries 14 Pizza Hat outlet 15 Street fountain at night
16 Hello Kitty shop 17 Doner Kebab stall 18 Persian Doner Kebab 19 Green drink 20 Statue of Imam Gholi Khan
21 Harbour terminal 22 Ferry to Bandar Abbas 23 Rooftop restaurant
24 Zeytoon park 01 4WD car on road
02 Paved road 03 Unpaved road 04 Cyclists in the desert 05 Cyclists in the desert
06 Rock formations 07 Rock formations 08 Wooden boat under construction
09 Shipyard 10 Wooden boat under construction 11 Boat in shipyard
12 Shipyard 13 Flame in petrochemical plant
14 Ancient wall in Laft 15 Staircase in Laft 16 Staircase in Laft
17 Muslim cemetery in Laft 18 Muslim cemetery in Laft
19 Panoramic view of Laft
20 Windcatcher towers in Laft
21 Boats in Laft harbour at sunset 22 Water wells in Laft 23 Broken boat
24 Stranded oil rig 25 Bandar Abbas airport
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