Kish island Travel Guide

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Kish Island is located on the north east of the Persian Gulf about 17 km from the southern offshore of the mainland Iran. The island has beautiful white silvery sand beaches for relaxing walks. Kish is the closest thing to a posh beach resort Iran has to offer. There are seperate beaches for men and women. The best time to visit is between November and March - it can be hot and humid in summer.

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. In the 1960's the 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.

There are flights from Shiraz and Tehran and boats from Bandar e Abbas and Bushehr.

One can also go from the UAE too .... lots of people who need to upgrade/extend their visas go to Kish Islands for the mandatory exit required by UAE. It is recommended to contact local authorities visa related informations prior to travel to kish.

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