Greek tanker

Axis of Evil

After my visit to the cistern, Mohammed drove me all around the shoreline of Kish Island so that I could see the views of the ocean.  I was really impressed with the beauty of the water – not only was it crystal clear but it had a beautiful blue-green color.  The beaches were all white sand and it made for a pale light blue-green just off the water’s edge.  In the photo above, if you look behind me you can see the Iranian mainland.

Considering that this island is supposed to be a tourist attraction, I was surprised at how few people were here.  But then again, alcohol is strictly forbidden in all parts of Iran, Dubai has nicer hotels and more attractions, so why would anyone come here?  I suppose that it would be a nice destination for some Iranians who can’t get a visa to leave the country but I don’t see it attracting any business away from Dubai, Qatar or Bahrain.

As we drove around I looked out across the Island and saw that it was as flat as a pancake.  The ground was coral chunks, coral pebbles and white coral sand.  There were occasional scrub plants and nice ocean views but aside from that (and a few villages here and there), there isn’t much on this island.

We arrived at the north-west end side of the island and Mohammed took me for a short walk along the beach.  The pristine shoreline was really quite beautiful – I’ve read that Kish has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Persian Gulf.  There was not one speck of trash or pollution and the water was very clear; aside from the surf I could see into the water to some depth.  As the waves crashed against the rocks I looked to my left and to my right and I didn’t see anyone to the horizon.  I suppose that if a couple came here they could rent a car and find a private beach to have all to themselves.  Of course, the woman would have to be clothed from hair to toe in a burka, and the man in long pants so getting a tan might be out.  I’m told that there are bathing suit allowed beaches here but they are surrounded by a 3 meter high wall (10′) to prevent lascivious viewing and of course, they are strictly segregated by gender.

I wandered around for a while enjoying the sound of the crashing waves and the fresh sea air.  I noticed that there was quite a large amount of coral on the beach and I could see how sand is made as the coral pieces rolled back and forth in the surf grinding and churning against themselves.  As I looked closely I could see – despite the bleaching effects of the sun – that some of the coral was blue, some red and some yellow.  Considering how much coral is washed up on the beach I can only imagine the coral colonies under the sea and I can only imagine that there must be some spectacular reef diving here.

Growing up in Los Angeles I rarely saw any sea shells as a kid as the beaches were picked clean by the millions of tourists.  When I looked down at this beach I saw thousands of shells and like a little kid I started picking up some of the prettier ones.  I had about a half-dozen in my hand when I felt one of them moving and upon closer inspection I found that each of them was inhabited by a small animal.  In the photo below you can see the little crab or similar creature – it has its claw or some hard surface of its body blocking the opening to protect it from predators.

Mohammed finally took me to the grande finale of the beach and sea shore trip – a huge Greek ship that ran aground some time ago.  I copied the text on the sign at this site and I’ll let the Iranian tourism board explain it:

The Mysterious Greek Ship In The Coral & Beautiful Island of Kish

On a hot summer day, native people of Kish Island saw a gigantic ship stranded near Baghoo village.  After many years it is still unclear why the ship stranded.  The Greek steamship of 7,061 tons gross, 447 ft 6 ins in length is built in 1943 by William Hamilton & Co. Ltd, at port Glasgow, Scotland and on 25th July, 1966 after her sea voyage from Iran bound for Greece was ran aground here.  Several unsuccessful refloating attempts were made and the crew forced to disembark since the salvage was not economically feasible.  This ship was originally named “Empire Trumpet,” then “Naturalist,” “Persian Cyrus,” “Hamadan,” and finally “Koula F” at the time of her loss.  Watching the sun behind this Greek ship, which slowly sets in the blue waters of the Persian Gulf is an unforgettable & everlasting memory.

 - Public and International Relations of Kish Free Zone Organization

If you look at the ship just above the waterline you can see that the constant bombardment of waves has eroded just above the waterline faster than the rest of the ship.  I suppose that eventually it will eat through the hull at the water line and the upper decks will collapse down the height of the wave cycle.  I sat back and admired the view.  You wouldn’t think it but an old rusted ship made for an interesting view – I don’t think that it detracted from the beauty of the Gulf and the beautiful blue-green waters.


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