Kish (Kīsh) is a 91.5-square-kilometre (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf off the southern coast of Iran. It is part of the Bandar Lengeh County in Hormozgān Province of Iran. Owing to its free trade zone status it is touted as a consumer's paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million people visit the island annually.
Kish Island is the third most visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia after Dubai and Sharm el-Sheikh. Kish, like the other Persian Gulf Islands, especially the islands in the Strait of Hormuz, is located on a narrow strip of tropical vegetation in the Northern Hemisphere, with the Persian plateau to the north and the Arabian Peninsula to the south. In addition to its special geographic and climatic attributes, Kish Island, like other nearby islands, such as Forum, Hendurabi, Shachar and Lavan and even Qeshm, is under the sway of the semi-equatorial climate dominating this band of vegetation.
Kish is a small island but it has numerous tourist attractions.
The Greek Ship is the wreck of a 1943 cargo steamship, the Koula F, on a beach on Kish's south-west coast. It was originally a British ship, Empire Trumpet, and was built in Scotland. It ran aground in 1966 and all attempts to salvage it failed. When Koula F's crew abandoned it they set it on fire, and all that remains is its steel hull.
Another attraction is the ancient underground aqueduct, also called the 'Underground City', which is partly open for tourists. It was built about 1,000 years ago for transportation and water supply across the different parts of the island.
Other attractions are the beaches with a bluish tint and the long shoreline that sees many tourists visit during the winter season. The water is so clear that fish can be seen swimming in the sea all year long.
The Dolphin Park is a 70-hectare (170-acre) park located at the south-east corner of Kish Island. It is surrounded by over 22,000 palm trees, and includes a dolphinarium, butterfly garden, silkworm compound, bird garden, artificial rain forest, volcanic mountain, orchid garden, and cactus garden. The dolphinarium includes the largest man-made the pool on the island, and exhibits dolphins, sea lions, and white whales.
The Bird Garden in the park is home to more than 57 species of birds and other animals from around the world including pelicans, ostriches, blue-and-yellow macaws, storks, toco toucans, turacos, swans, African penguins, and marsh crocodiles.