Harra Sea Forest

Qeshm Island

In the local dialect, harra is the word for grey mangrove, and this protected area is the Persian Gulf’s largest mangrove forest – a definite must-see for nature-lovers. During spring, more than 150 species of migrating bird can be found here, including the great egret and the western reef heron. The finless porpoise, humpback dolphin, common dolphin and endangered green turtle are also regularly spotted. Boat tours are easily organised from Tabl or Laft.

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1. Laft

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2. Shibderaz


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3. Chahkooh Canyon

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4. Hengam Island

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5. Naz Islands Beach

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This 3km-long golden strand caressed by clear, shallow and mostly calm waters is easily the most popular beach on Qeshm Island. In high season it's full…

6. Valley of Stars

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7. Khorbas Caves

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