Welcome to The Iranian Rainbow Island

Published April 30th, 2019 - 06:18 GMT

To the East lie the lesser known (but much larger) Qeshm and tiny Hormuz or ‘Rainbow Island’. 

This is Hormuz island in the Arabian Gulf, the mostly forgotten land of colours in the Strait of Hormuz, 5km from the mainland, and southeast of Bandar Abbas, major port and capital of the province of Hormuzgan. 

The Fort of Our Lady of Conception was built by Portuguese who were forced to in left during the reign of Abbas I of Persia. 

Locals have stories for the rocks and cliffs that resemble birds, animals or mythical creatures. Colorful mountains in shades of pink, red, purple and yellow overlook shorelines where turtles and flamingos roam or sunbathe.

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A woman sells souvenirs on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP

A woman sells souvenirs on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Visitors paddle in the water on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP

Visitors paddle in the water on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Visitors take a selfie picture on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP

Visitors take a selfie picture on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

People visit the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP

People visit the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

People vist the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP

People vist the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

The red earth was put there to be mined (Twitter/A.Memariani)

The red earth was put there to be mined (Twitter/A.Memariani)

The magic carpet of Hormuz Island (Twitter)

The magic carpet of Hormuz Island (Twitter)

The magic of Hormuz Island (Twitter/A.Memariani)

The magic of Hormuz Island (Twitter/A.Memariani)

A woman sells souvenirs on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors paddle in the water on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors take a selfie picture on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
People visit the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
People vist the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
The red earth was put there to be mined (Twitter/A.Memariani)
The magic carpet of Hormuz Island (Twitter)
The magic of Hormuz Island (Twitter/A.Memariani)
A woman sells souvenirs on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
A woman sells souvenirs on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors paddle in the water on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors paddle in the water on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors take a selfie picture on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
Visitors take a selfie picture on the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
People visit the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
People visit the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
People vist the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019.  ATTA KENARE / AFP
People vist the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Portuguese Castle, the Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The red earth was put there to be mined (Twitter/A.Memariani)
The red earth was put there to be mined (Twitter/A.Memariani)
The magic carpet of Hormuz Island (Twitter)
The magic carpet of Hormuz Island (Twitter)
The magic of Hormuz Island (Twitter/A.Memariani)
The magic of Hormuz Island (Twitter/A.Memariani)