Kariz-e-Kish (also called Payab) is an ancient underground water system with aqueducts and reservoirs 16 metres below surface, under a coralline layer. The system is over 2000 years old and covers about 10 000 sq metres. It has been restored and there are now a traditional tea house and handicraft stalls there.
Arriving to the Kariz I was surprised the entrance fee was as much as IR 20 000 (much more than the entrance fee to many other sites in Iran), but you will get a guided tour and the guide was good at English and had a lot of information to tell.
After some water sports and shopping,one can go for visit the historical and local texture of the island like the city of Harireh,Saffein and Baghu and the the island's 700 years old aqueduct which has been the main element for the locals income during the ages by supplying fresh water to their neighboring regions.
A small complex, surrounding the famous Green tree. It's said that this tree is the oldest (about 600 years old) Lour Tree of the island.There are more of these trees in the island but this one is believed to be the oldest .
Some people believe it's a holy tree.(but I've heard the natives don't believe in that.)
The form of this tree is really amazing.
This complex is near ancient city of Harireh.
U may like to spend some time playing biliard in Kish Island. A gym was behind the hotel we were staying in(Arian Hotel). It was a good place. they open at 3 pm.
We payed 50000 Rials for an hour for a 8ball table.
In 1966,people found a ship run aground on the western coastline of the Kish island. It's a greek ship. There were almost no way to move the ship out of that place.So since then,that ship has become one of the Kish attractions. It's now rusting and getting decayed little by little.
But the attracting fact about this Greek ship is the amazing view of sunset behind the ship. Most of the tour leaders arrange the tour and the timing well so that people can be there in sunset time.
Kart Racing in Kish piste is another fun thing u can do specially if u're not alone.
I did that for the first time, it was really fun but i was hopeless,lol :D
They open at 7 pm and close at 3 am.
First they'll show u a short movie telling u about dos and don'ts in the piste.
We payed 80000 Rials for 5 laps, for each car.
There's a biking path ( 10 km) around the island , u can rent a bike (any kind) and enjoy biking across the sea.
We went there at 10 pm one night,the weather was amazing,we biked for an hour across the coastline and enjoyed all the view and everything.
Iranians love Kish shopping centers,lol, they can spend the whole day shopping.
Kish has some great shopping centers, some are more famous.I think these are the best :
1.Kish trade center
These shopping centers have cafe shops and restaurant too.
There's a shopping center(not a very big one) for Chinese products with a really low cost (i dunno about the quality) but they're really cheap.
Sorry if some pics are not very clear ;)
The beach is really nice and clean,the really clear water let u see deep inside of the water.There is a special part for women too,where they can swim and enjoy the beach and the shining sun.
For all the information on Kish perfect natural attractions(including sea animals and birds,...) take at the website :
In the east part of Kish you will find most of the resort hotels and big shopping centres. Saffein (the area where I stayed) in the north west part of the island is more a residential area and near the sea you will find the older part with low traditional houses. Here you can hear a combination of Farsi and Arabic, as the Arabic influence throughout the centuries has been great.
Near Saffein, north of the Sports Complex, are the ruins of the ancient town Harireh. The town is from the 8th century and it is believed that Harireh is the town mentioned in a book by the Iranian poet Sa’adi, called The Rose Garden.
This water reservoir is situated near Harireh and has recently been restored. What you can see in the picture is wind towers and domes, which was used to circulate the air to cool the stored freshwater. The water was then distributed by underground aqueducts.
In 1966 the Greek steamship Koula F stranded on the west side of Kish Island, and it has been there ever since. It is a popular place to visit at sunset and many people come here on tours.
I had hoped to find bikes for rent in Saffein as it is 7 - 8 km between the two places, but as there was no bikes I took a taxi. Arriving to the Greek Ship I realised it was not only in Saffein there was construction work going on by the waterfront, but also by the Greek ship, and thus the bicycle rout was broken up.
I took a few photos of the ship, but didn’t stay long as it was dusty and noisy from all work. I guess it will be very nice when it is ready, and hopefully there will be a café or restaurant there as well, because when I was there, there was nothing.
In the north-eastern corner of Kish Island there is a beach only for women, where women wear only bikini. To take a taxi here from Saffien or Shayan cost IR 10 000 (June 2006). The entrance fee is also IR 10 000. As you enter the area you will be asked to leave your camera and mobile (it is absolutely forbidden to take photos). They are put in a cupboard and you will get a number tag. There is a changing room where you will get a locker. The woman working there has the key so you don't have to think of loosing it on the beach.
The first time I came here I swam for 10 minutes, then lay in the sun reading a book and just enjoying the sun and sea for 30 minutes. I was just about to go in to the water again when the guard blew the whistle and it was time for everyone to get up from the water (the time was 16.30) to get ready to leave as they were closing. Guess if I was disappointed! The other day I came earlier to have more time in the sea and on the beach.
The sun is very strong so use a lot of protection (I did not notice until the evening I had become very red). The water temperature was at least 30 degrees C.
In the area there are showers, toilets and a shop selling drinks and snacks.
The zoo is located close to Paradise II shopping mall. It looks like there has been limited maintenance over the last years, but I was told there is a good process going. Very fascinating to see the collection of snakes and spiders!!