In the last 2 days, I was in Tabl village which is located in the north edge of Qeshm Island. It is near Laft port where I first reached the island through the sea. After eating breakfast with a special local bread called “Tomoshi”, I got ready to change my location to another guesthouse in Suza village. Suza is in the southern-east edge of Qeshm. I chose Friend’s Home Guesthouse. It was about 40 minutes far from Tabl. This guesthouse is a house with a native architecture of the South in the historic Suza port. This building has two VIP rooms (Wind Catcher Towers), and 10 traditional rooms and spaces such as Cactus Garden, Nakhlistan Restaurant, Fantasy Platform, Handicraft Store, Hejle (Bride’s room) Photographic studio and Traditional living room(MILES) and provides a space full of native life to serve tourists.
Salt Cave of Qeshm – Namakdan Cave
Before moving to the new guesthouse, I changed the path to the south-western of Qeshm to reach the Namakdan Cave. Namak means Salt and this cave consists of saturated salt rocks and stones. The quality of the access road in some parts was not so good and it was actually under construction. Anyway, there will be no problem if you drive slowly in this dirt road before sunset. It is about 30 km from Tabl but it takes about one hour to reach. Before entering the cave you have to use the headlight and there are local guides who may accompany you until the entrance and explain some safety tips. Visiting the cave and its surrounding sights takes at least 1-2 hours.
Let’s See Dolphins!
Next destination was Shib Deraz beach (Turtle Nestling Beach). Shib Deraz is a protected area for Hawksbill sea turtle. Hawksbill Turtles are critically endangered species. Shib Deraz has become a safe spot through the controlling of natural and human disturbances on the beach where Hawksbill Turtles come to make a nest for their eggs. Every year from late February to late June, the intact gentle slopes of the southern shores of the Persian Gulf hosts hundreds of Hawksbill Turtles that come to lay their eggs. After about two months a small black nose appears shyly from the sand on the nest, this means that the eggs have been hatched.
Watching turtles creating the nest and laying at night or these little turtles may not be possible due to the protection of department of environment.
There is a port in Shib Deraz where you can reach Hengam island via renting a boat driven by locals. Intelligent Bottlenose Dolphins live in this area and during your cruise to Hengam, you may see them coming up for breathing and jumping out of the sea. They live in a social group and you have to make some noise to attract them. Be careful, sit tightly during the cruising and put on your life vest, as the boats go very fast.
In Hengam island there are some local handicraft and seafood stores. You may also be interested in night camping beside Hengam beach so you can ask locals to help you for a proper safe place. Hengam is also called Silver Island for the special color of the sands which is silver and shiny. You can easily book Qeshm Tours or make a tailor-made one if you want to include Hengam in your journey.
Passing the coastline – Naz Islands
Naz Islands are two small islands which are located near Suza Village in Qeshm. The Naz Islands (Naz means cute in Persian) are tidal islands. When the sea level is high they turn into beautiful islands surrounded by water and when the level is low, they are part of Qeshm beach. During the short time of high tide, tourists can get on these lovely islands and watch the beautiful views of Lark Island, Hormuz Strait, and the Persian Gulf. You can also enjoy camel riding and paragliding over these islands. Surprising moments are when the marine creatures are found on the beach after sea tides. You may get stuck in Naz islands in the time of high tides so consult locals before you decide to move.
Again, It’s lunch time!
when I returned to our guesthouse in Suza, I decided to try a local seafood dish including Pudini. I was curious about the taste of this special food made by mashed shark meat. It was a little spicy and served with rice. Sometimes it is cooked with eagle ray fish. You need to order your dish 2-3 hours before lunch since fishermen may sell out some kinds of fishes in the morning.
Qeshm City & Dargahan – Shopping Time!
There are many shopping malls and stores in Qeshm city which is about 30 minutes far away from Suza. Qeshm city is located in the east and is the capital of Qeshm Island. With a 25 minutes drive, you can also get into Dargahan which is another shopping area with more than 10 shopping centers. I am not really interested in shopping, but it is a good idea to see the Bazars and shopping malls as a night excursion in Qeshm.