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Bandar Abbas Iran Cruise Port Guide


Shahid Bahonar port is located 8 km west of city of Bandar Abbas.

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Bandar Abbas is a port city and capital of Hormozgan province on the southern coast of Iran (Persia), on the Persian Gulf. The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Straits of Hormuz.

Bandar Abbas is situated on a flat ground with average altitude of 29 feet above sea level. The nearest elevated areas are mount Geno 17km to the north and mount Pooladi 16km to the northwest of the city. Closest river to Bandar Abbas is river Shoor rooted from mount Geno and pours to Persian gulf, 10km east of the city.

As the provincial capital, Bandar Abbas is also a local administrative center for several central government agencies and offices. The city is connected to Tehran and the rest of the country by air, rail, and road routes. Bandar Abbas is a modern city with few public tourist sites, although its bazaar is a popular attraction for shoppers. The island of Qeshm, across from Bandar Abbas in the Strait of Hormuz, has several old mosques, shrines, and cemeteries.

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TAKE the SHIP excursion even if you don't like it. Women MUST wear a headscarf and be completely covered. This is a SERIOUS infraction in Iran.

Two islands clearly visible from the beach at Bandar Abbas, are Hormoz on the left and Qeshm on the right. Motor boats are available for round trips to the islands.

Low fuel costs have made inter-city travel by taxi a great value option in Iran.

Iranian traffic is horrendous. Drivers attack their art with an equal mix of aggressiveness and incompetence and view road rules here do not exist! Guidelines are lax and rarely followed. Take care when crossing the roads, and even greater care when driving on them - Iranian drivers tend to overtake along pavements and any section of the road where there is space.

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With the exception of the rich regional museum, the most attractive natural points are to be found in the surroundings: material water in Genau, the new Kuh-e Genau Wildlife park, and the great agricultural town of Minab.

Thousands of tourists visit the city and nearby islands including Qeshm and Hormuz every year.

Shopping and Food

The rial is the official currency of Iran, however, to save time in a high-inflation economy prices are sometimes quoted in toman. One toman is equal to ten rials. As a general guide, written prices are given in rials and prices quoted in conversation are in tomans. To confuse you even further, shopkeepers will often omit the denomination of high prices, so you may be told a jar of coffee costs 2 tomans (meaning 2,000 tomans or IR 20,000) and that a fine rug will cost 3 tomans (meaning 3,000,000 tomans or IR 30,000,000). In conversation, 1 Chomejni denotes IR 10,000.

The importation and consumption of alcohol is strictly banned. Penalties are severe and could include corporal punishment. Religious minorities, however, are allowed to manufacture and consume alcohol, but not to sell or import it. Pork and pork products are forbidden and, like alcohol, their import is illegal.


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Persian and Persian dialects 58%, Turkic and Turkic dialects 26%, Kurdish 9%, Luri 2%, Balochi 1%, Arabic 1%, Turkish 1%, other 2%

The international number 112 is available from cell phones.

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