Hara Forest

Also known as: Mangrove Forests of Qeshm, Hara Protected Area, Harra Forests

Description

Being the largest island in the Persian Gulf, Qeshm, a whale-shaped island just off the southern coast of Iran, is full of natural wonders. Hara forest is one of those natural wonders which shouldn’t be missed. This forest is covered in stubborn 10 to 20 feet tall trees creating eye-catching scenery caused by regular tides. High tide and low tide causes all trees to be inundated and disappeared and then emerged from water twice daily.

But that’s not all; what makes this forest one of a kind is a characteristic found in trees barks. They absorb and concentrate sea salt and leave sea water with less salinity, acting like a natural desalination plant, thus establishing a much better condition for plants to grow in what is now almost “fresh water”.

          

When to See

From mid July to early August, 7 AM until the sunset, you are guaranteed to see the best Hara forest has to offer; fructified trees, migratory birds, rare animal species, and charming sunset on the semi-floating forest, etc.

 

Wildlife

Suitable conditions have turned this region into a wildlife heaven for 110 bird species whose nests in trees emerged from the sea water is a sight to be seen.

 

How to Get There

You are recommended to head to “Haray-e-Tabl” pier on the Coast of Qeshm Island, take some photographs inside the museum, rent a boat and get around the forest for about an hour. Each boat has a capacity of 6 visitors and the rental cost is around 750,000 Rials (about 20 Euros). Except for the disabled who may have some difficulties, everyone can easily enjoy the ride.

 

Where to Stay

You can stay and have homemade food at traditional lodge in “Haft Rango” village.

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