The Route Through the Persian Gulf: Qeshm, Hormuz, Hengam & Larak
- ThemeArchitecture/ Museum/ UNESCO Heritage/ Food and Drink/ Handicraft/ Hiking and Climbing/ Ecotourism/ Caving/ Water-Based Activities/ Relax and Romance/ Solo and Backpacking/ Slow Tourism
- Duration60 hr(s)
- Best Time | AUTUMN | WINTER
Visiting the Qeshm Island - the largest Island in the Persian Gulf;
Exploring the colorful Island of Hormuz;
Visiting the small coral island of Hengam;
Exploring Larak Island, the hidden treasure in the heart of Persian Gulf
Photos of the The Route Through the Persian Gulf: Qeshm, Hormuz, Hengam & Larak
Explore The Route
The Persian Gulf is home to many Islands of different sizes, each of which is bestowed with some unique features in terms of ecotourism and wildlife. The pristine Qeshm Island is the largest island in the Persian Gulf, comprising a global geopark. Neighboring Qeshm is the beautiful Island of Hengam, known for its shiny silver beach and playful dolphins. In addition to this, the Hormuz island is located in the east of Qeshm; a majestic island which is famous for its lovely colorful landscape, and the Larak Island, an untapped land in the Persian Gulf.
Day 1- The Route from the Mainland to Qeshm and Hengam Islands
The island of Qeshm is located in the northwest of Hormuz Strait, in the heart of Persian Gulf. Sea-buses leave the Pol Pier at Bandar-e Abbas for Qeshm at various hours (check the schedules at the table following the text). The first stop after arriving on the island is the Laft Village, from where you can head towards the floating mangrove forest called Hara Forest, which is home to some aquatic species and migrating birds. After Hara, visit the Chahkooh Canyon, a striking natural phenomenon in the eastern part of the island. It is a narrow valley with vertical walls on either side and some water ponds formed at its bottom, which are used as water supplies for the inhabitants. If you are seeking extra adventure, you can visit the Namakdan Cave; however, note that cars are not allowed in the area leading to the cave, which itself is considered as dangerous and not recommendable to common visitors. Next, stop at the Shib Deraz Village where you can get on boats leaving for Hengam Island.
Day 2 – The Route from the Hengam Island back to Qeshm and Hormuz Islands
Waking up at the Hengam Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of this tour. Here you can go to the Old Hengam area, enjoy the silver beach and shiny beach, observe the incomparable wildlife of the island or visit the dolphins swimming in the Persian Gulf. After getting around the island, get on the return boat to the Qeshm Island. Through the Shib Deraz Village you will get to the Naz Islands which are easily accessible at low tide. Back on Qeshm Island, the route continues to the Stars Valley, where you will come across some peculiar geological structures, created by natural erosion over the centuries. As Qeshm is famous for the interconnection of its unique geological sites and local culture, the next stop along the route is Khorbas Cave which is partially made by humans. It is assumed to have been the worship site of Anahita, the goddess of water. The route takes visitors to the Qeshm Geopark Museum, where a collection of the island’s natural diversity is put on display. After lunch, visitors can get on a boat to the Hormuz Island. Make sure you explore mesmerizing nature of Hormuz in the Rainbow Valley and the Red Beach.
Day 3 – The Route from the Hormuz Island to the Larak Island
The colorful Hormuz Island is home to peculiar natural beauty. While exploring the island, visit the Nadalian Museum and the Portuguese Castle early in the morning. Afterwards, you can go underwater diving on Hormuz Island or on Larak Island, where you can explore the site of the sunken ship at a depth of 32 meters under water. From Larak Island go back to Hormoz Island where from you can return to Qeshm or Bandar-e Abbas.
Sea Ferry Transit
Duration : 24 hr(s)
Point Type: STARTING
21 MIN(S) BY DRIVING
Duration : 12 hr(s)
Point Type: STOP OVER
The attractions of Qeshm never stop to amaze you. On the southeast edge of the Island, about 2 km away, there is another small island named Hengām. The clipped cone-shaped island with lime and coral reefs covers an area of 33.6 km. Hengam, in Persian language means “time or moment”. The highest poi...
Duration : 24 hr(s)
Point Type: ENDING
Hormuz Island, located in the strait of Hormuz, occupies an area of 42-sq.km, linking the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. The name of Hormuz, also known as Ormoz, Hormuzia and Khormuzia, has various c...
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When to go
The best time to visit the Islands of the Persian Gulf is autumn and winter when the weather is moderate.
The Hengam Island consists of a new Hengam and an Old Hengam. The Old Hengam is located in the southernmost part of the Island where it is hard to make phone calls or connect to the Internet.
Before going to Larak Island, be informed about military maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz, because visiting the island is forbidden during that time.
How to go
You can get to Qeshm Island with the sea-buses or launches which have the capacity of carrying personal cars and other vehicles.
You can reach the Qeshm Island (Zakeri Pier) from Bandar-e Abbas (Shahid Haghani Port) where you can hire a sea-bus from 6 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.
You can get to Hengam Island from Shib Deraz Pier or Kandaloo Pier.
There are two ways to reach Hormuz Island, either by Shahid Haghani Pier or Zakeri Pier.
Larak Island is accessible through the Zakeri Pier, on Hormuz Island.
- Shahid Haghani Port: 07632237781,
Zakeri pier: 07635225536,
Hengam tourism Zone: +989179030602
Where to stay
- Although you can stay at hotels in Qeshm, a more indulging experience would be to stay over at local houses which are equipped with proper facilities and are run by local families.
In Hormuz, you can stay at local houses or at the 3-star hotel of Sahel Sorkh (Red Beach).
Pay attention that there is no accommodation facility in the Larak Island. Therefore, plan your trip for a half-day visit to the Island.
If you have any question regarding your transportation, accommodation or eating in the Hormuz Island you can call Mr. Ahmadi by 091013412549 or Mr. Hariri by 09173639861.