Qeshm Island

The largest island in Iran and one which attracts a large number of tourists year round.
The natural wonders in Qeshm somehow relate to the mythical narratives and stories told by the locals. In terms of wildlife, Qeshm is the habitat for a number of scarce species of animals. Some of these animals are unfortunately near extinction.
Qeshm has no shortage of wondrous monuments. Some of them have been dubbed as the “seven wonders”, but what is it that really separates them from the rest?
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Hara Forest

The name Hara Forest is familiar to any Iranian or tourist who has traveled to Qeshm Island. This mysterious forest is now one of the most famous attractions in Qeshm. Hara or (white mangrove) is the name of a tree that is found in many parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, and Australia.
The skin of this tree has the property of absorbing salty water, converting it into fresh water, and then feeding on the water itself. It seems that these trees are much like a refinery, one that independently tries and replenishes itself.
These trees can hide in the water. When the tide is in, the level of water in the shore rises and covers the mangroves, so that only a little of their foliage can be seen, and this itself creates a wonderful scenery. During these particular hours, you can rent a boat, go amongst them and enjoy the view they have created.
The fee for renting a boat is moderately low and also the boats have the capacity to carry 6 or 7 people.
After about 6 or 7 hours the tide goes out and the trees true appearance is revealed. This time, it’s the roots coming out of the soil that catches your attention. On the pier, there are various facilities, including shops and kiosks for snacks and handicrafts.
Qeshm Island

Salt caves

Salt caves are a natural phenomenon caused mainly by salt sedimentation. A number of such cases have been incidentally formed in Qeshm Island. Sedimentary layers and white walls of salt have created eye-catching views for the visitors.
Namakdan Cave is one of the 7 wonders of the island dating back to the Cambrian era, about 570 million years ago. The cave is located in the south of Iran. It covers an area of about 64 km and it carries the title of the longest saltwater cave in the world.
At the beginning of the cave, layers of sedimentation of salt and various minerals have created a colorful appearance, and in each layer, part of this ancient land is hidden and preserved.
As you enter the cave, you will notice that the floor is covered with crystal salt; this superb flooring accompanies the stalactites inside the cave, creating a white and incredible view.
The salt is formed naturally and it has various therapeutic applications. Hawksbill sea turtles are also one of the seven wonders of Qeshm Island and, unfortunately, they are an endangered species.
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Hawksbill sea turtles

Since the 1970s, researchers have been warning about their extinction, and subsequently banned the trading involving this particular animal and its various products.
Their skin is sold by the local fishermen, along with the meat.
Hawksbill sea turtles were usually 1 meter long and weighing about 80 kilograms. They lived in different parts of the world, especially in Asia, but now they risk extinction and Qeshm Island is their main habitat.
For many years tourists have visited Qeshm for the sake of seeing this rare species. Since 2015, a protected area has been created for the reproduction and growth of these turtles in the island.
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Chahkuh Strait

Chahkuh Strait is a natural phenomenon that is considered part of the island’s geopark. This unique strait, which is nearly 100 meters long, is located on the eastern side of Qeshm Island.
The walls are formed of sedimentary rocks and they there are in very few spaces from each other, some less than half a meter, which makes it difficult for the tourists to pass by them. Throughout this beautiful strait, several wells have been dug in order to get water to the surrounding villages. The name also comes from one of these villages.
If you have chosen Qeshm Island as the destination, be sure to visit Chahkuh Strait. This delicately obscure natural phenomenon is a wonder to behold.
Qeshm Island

Stars Valley

The Stars Valley is a geological phenomenon that has been formed due to soil erosion on Qeshm Island and near the village of Berkeh-ye Khalaf.
The locals believe that over the years, meteorites have hit this particular area and therefore caused the formation of this valley. Hence the name “Stars Valley”. The history of this amazing natural attraction, which is about 15 meters deep, goes back to about 2 million years ago.
It also has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the island’s geopark.
When you step into the valley, the natural landscape will astound you. The silence that dominates the region is immensely profound. There are basic amenities such as a bathroom, shops, supermarkets and handicrafts shops all around the valley. After that, you can visit the rock museum located in the same area.
Qeshm Island

Naz islands

Naz is the name of the collection of islands that cover about 3 hectares of land altogether which in turn are surrounded by walls that get as high as 5 to 10 meters. This marvelous phenomenon is the only place in the Persian Gulf that allows tourists to get close to the beach without entering the water. Because when the tide goes out a route leading to the islands appears. The path is in itself a natural phenomenon.
In this short period of time tourist can enjoy a little stroll alongside the Persian Gulf. It is so profoundly beautiful that at times, even if the tide comes in, people would rather wait it out and stay a bit longer in order to grasp the whole magnificence of it.
The colorful corals and shellfish scattered around the island are a force of nature. Various facilities like scuba diving, camel riding, and even jet skiing are among other reasons for the influx of tourists to this place.
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dolphins

A long time ago, nearly 60 million years back dolphins lived inland, but they inevitably entered the water due to shortages of food. Because of their higher intelligence and appealing appearances, these animals have been the subject of human interest. Keep in mind that there are a variety of dolphin species, and some of them are in fact carnivores.
Many dolphins live in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Mostly located between Qeshm and Hengam Island. These animals are in way part of the process of attracting tourists. If interested the tourist can rent a boat and go meet the dolphins.

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