Hormoz Island (Hurmoz) lies like an oyster shell amidst the waters of the Persian Gulf, covering an area of 41.9 sq. km. Hormoz Island is located to the southeast of Bandar Abbas and lies within 10 nautical miles from it.
The island, known as Organa to the ancient Greeks and as Jarun in the Islamic period, acquired the name of "Hormuz" from the important harbour town of Hormuz (Ormus) on the mainland 60 km away, which had been a centre of a minor principality on both sides of the strait. The island is arid, and during the summer months the temperature can rise to over 43 °C (109 °F).
Hormuz is an island full of wonders. The land of colored soils. Where the redness of its soil and the sea become together. A strange mountain whose soil is used as a kind of spice by the locals! This edible mountain, which is the only edible mountain of the world, is located in Hormuz Island, Iran.
The Museum and Gallery of Dr. Ahmad Nadalian in Hormoz Island - Persian Gulf
The wide ranging colors of the soil include white, yellow, red, green, orange, beige, brown, light turquoise, and even gold. From a geology perspective, the island is one of the most important salt domes of the world; due to these features, it is given the name lithology lab. The agile artists of the island also produce hand arts such as colorful paintings made with their valuable soil, also very popular among tourists.
The best time to visit Hormuz island is winter. Natural events like the migration of birds and turtles also occur in this season.
When you decide to travel to the Hormuz island, you need to prepare yourself, because in Hormuz there is neither a shopping center or a luxurious hotel. Everything is pristine and intact, and actually, this is what makes this island unique that there are no urban elements there.
Camping in Hormuz island:
Camping in Hormuz island is very popular, and this is one of the motivations of traveling. For iran ecotourism lovers, camping and having a couple of days by the sea, and living like a primitive, is like a dream. Just have to have enough camping gear with you, things like tents, cookies, dishes, and cooking utensils.
if you want to camp near sea, be careful to distance enough from it, because half the nights the water is rising due to tides and if you tent near the sea, water may enter your tent or the sound of waves won’t let you sleep.
History of Hormuz Island:
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Hormuz is an old island. The sources say this island is 600 million years old. The same sources say that Hormuz island had a brutal trade before Mongols attack. When the Mongols came, they took their homes and villages. Some people moved to Qeshm, and others moved to Gambaron pier and built a city that they named it Hormuz because of the name of that ancient city.