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Introduction

Kish is a 91.5km2 resort island in the Persian Gulf. It is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centres, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually.

Kish Island was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010. Foreign nationals wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by airport and Kish port police officials.

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Geography

Kish is located in the Persian Gulf 19 kilometres from mainland Iran and has an area of around 91km2 with an outer boundary of 40 kilometres and a nearly elliptical shape. Along Kish's coast are coral reefs and many other small islands. The Island is positioned along the 1,359 km (844 mi) long Iranian coastline north of the Persian Gulf, at the first quarter from the Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf. The island is 15.45 km (9.60 mi) long from west coast to the east coast (the distance between Mariam Complex and Hoor field). Its maximum width extending from the southern shorelines to the northern shorelines is 7.5 kilometres (the distance between Gomrok Port and the lighthouse). The island's surface is flat, lacking mountains or even high hills.

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Sights and Activities

Snorkeling on the beaches of Kish Island is said to be amongst the best in the world, while the scuba-diving offers an even more spectacular insight of life beneath the waters. A variety of other water sports are also available: jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, reef walking, coral viewing, boating and water-skiing are some of the popular ways to enjoy yourself when visiting the Island. A variety of other water sports are also available. The Kish coastline is one of the least dangerous coasts in the world. Kish has gorgeous white sandy beaches for relaxing walks.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Kish's climate is considered to be a very dry semi equatorial climate. The median annual rainfall in Kish is145 mm and the annual temperature 26.6 °C. The humidity is about 60% most of the year. In the months of October to April, Kish's weather is mild, ranging from 18 °C to 25 °C. With the exception of some southeastern coastal areas and a few other islands in the Persian Gulf, Kish Island has the longest sunny hours in the region which is roughly 3,100 hours a year. Based on climatological classification and general weather conditions and nearness to the Tropic of Cancer and exposure to high tropical pressure system and being in the midst of hot and shallow waters, the island tends to be hot and humid most of the year.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are connections to/from Tehran, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Tabriz, Mashad, Shiraz, Baghdad, Ahvaz, Mahshahr, Sirri Island, Najaf, Abadan, Abu Dhabi, Abu Musa, Dubai, Kerman, Muscat, Sari, Kermanshah, Qeshm Island and Istanbul.

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Getting Around

If you are energetic, walking is your best option. However, like the rest of Iran, there are plenty of taxis - but without meters. It is advisable to agree the fare in advance, and to make sure that the driver understands where you want to go. The majority of taxis on the island are Toyota Camrys and are fully air-conditioned. The normal fares are usually $2 USD to $5 USD depending upon the distance, which is never too long as the island is rather small.

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Eat

Kish Island offers a wide selection of restaurants which range from Persian to International cuisines.

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Drink

Like mainland Iran, alcoholic beverages are not served on the Island. The tea is light, good in taste and is kept at every home, shop and other social places.

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Sleep

Accommodation in Kish is slightly more expensive than mainland Iran, however it is not extortionate. Kish Island has a range of nice villas, hotels and guest houses for tourists. Hotel reservations must be made through a travel agency in Tehran, which may be difficult if you are not Iranian and/or do not speak Persian.

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