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Travel Guide of Hormuz Island in Iran by Influencers and Travelers

Hormuz Island, also spelled Hormoz, is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. Located in the Strait of Hormuz, 8 km off the Iranian coast, the island is part of Hormozgan Province.

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How to visit Hormuz Island ?

To get to Hormuz Island, you will first need to fly into Bandar Abbas International Airport. From there, you can take a taxi to Bandar Abbas Port, where daily boats and ferries operate to the island. The boat ride takes approximately one hour. It's recommended to arrive at the port early in the morning to secure a seat on the ferry.

Before your trip, it's advisable to book a local tour guide in advance, as they can help you navigate the island, its attractions, and its unique culture. Additionally, consider booking accommodations in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

Visiting Hormuz Island is relatively affordable. Ferry tickets cost around $5, and accommodations range from $10 to $30 per night. Local tours can cost anywhere between $15 and $40, depending on the duration and activities included.

Some of the best things to do on Hormuz Island include exploring the colorful sand beaches, visiting the Valley of Statues, and discovering the Portuguese Castle. Don't miss the chance to hike through the Rainbow Valley and explore the mesmerizing salt caves. Snorkeling and diving in the pristine coral reefs surrounding the island are also popular activities.

For a taste of the local cuisine, be sure to visit Golbong Café and Restaurant, where you can enjoy delicious seafood dishes while taking in the incredible views of the Persian Gulf. Another option is Hormuz Traditional Restaurant, which serves a variety of Persian dishes, including the famous Ghalyeh Mahi, a local fish stew.

When it comes to accommodations, Hormuz Island offers a range of options to suit different budgets. For a comfortable and affordable stay, consider booking a room at the Hormuz Island Guesthouse. Alternatively, the Hormuz Island Eco-Lodge is an eco-friendly option that offers a unique and authentic experience.

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For an unusual and lesser-known experience, visit the Red Beach, a natural wonder created by the island's unique minerals. This stunning beach, with its red sands and crystal-clear waters, offers a surreal landscape for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers. While there, take the opportunity to collect some of the island's famous edible red soil, known as Golak. This mineral-rich soil is used as a natural seasoning in local dishes and is believed to have numerous health benefits.

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1 - Hormozgan Province

Hormozgan Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the south of the country, in Iran's Region 2, facing Oman, UAE and the Hormuz Straits. Its area is 70,697 km², and its provincial capital is Bandar Abbas. The province has fourteen islands in the Persian Gulf and 1,000 km of coastline.

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2 - Hormoz

Hormuz is a city and capital of Hormuz District, in Qeshm County, Hormozgan Province, Iran.

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3 - Bandar Abbas

   24 km away

Bandar Abbas or Bandar-e ‘Abbās is a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf.

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4 - Qeshm

   26 km away

Qeshm is an arrow-shaped Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz, separated from the mainland by the Clarence Strait/Khuran in the Persian Gulf. It is the largest island in Iran, and the largest in the Persian Gulf.

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Learn More about Hormuz Island

Nicknamed the Rainbow Island, Hormuz is an Iranian island located in the strait of the same name, between the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. With an area of 42km², the island has a high and steep coastline to the south and east while to the north and west is a low coastal plain. The volcanic soil of the island gives it lunar and multicolored landscapes that attract local and foreign tourists.

In the past, the island was an important trading place, especially for its connection with India. This strategic position attracted many covetousness. In 1507, Hormuz came under Portuguese occupation, of which the remains of a port remain today. Finally, the island was taken back in 1622 by the English, allied to the Persians.

From then on, the island lives mainly from fishing, salt harvesting and tourism. It can be reached by ferry from Bandar Abbas, located 8km away on the Iranian coast, or from the island of Qeshm, for a day trip or for several days. There are several places of interest to visit: Rainbow Mountains; Silence Valley; Valley of Statues; Red Beach, Silver Beach; Ahmad Nadalian Museum; and the Portuguese fort. Transportation is scarce. Cars are almost non-existent, so you can only rent a bike or a motorcycle, or use a tuk-tuk to get around the island. As far as accommodation is concerned, you will find rooms to rent from locals and a few hotels, mainly in the village of Hormuz in the north, the only one on the island. Recently, a complex composed of multicolored domes was built by ZAV Architects on the west coast. It offers various atypical accommodations echoing the colorful mountains. As a last alternative, camping is allowed on the island, free of charge.

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How to go to Ormuz island ?

The island is accessible by boat from the pier in Bandar Abbas harbour. The frequency of the boats varies according to the season.

Iran now exploits this island for many natural resources such as ochre, iron ore which gives a particular red colour to the mud, copper ore, green clay. These resources are intended for export.

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