The Hara Sea Forest, located on the island of Qeshm in Hormozgan province, is one of the most amazing natural attractions in Iran, absorb many domestic and foreign tourists every year.
In the vicinity of Qeshm Island, Bandar Khamir and Hormoz Island, there is a collection of green Hara trees in the valley, with its streams, beautiful birds and its magnificent wildlife, is one of the tourist attractions of the province of Hormozgan. Hara is the name of a tree in the size of 3 to 6 meters with green and bright leaves in the salt water, and its scientific name (Avicennia Marina), attributed to Iranian scientist Abu Ali Sina.
Hara plants have been emerged since the Eocene and Oligocene ages, about 30 to 40 million years ago.
Hara’s grain grows on the mother tree and produce sapling. Then it separates from the tree and falls into the swamp. Hara forest is located in the sea and in the salt water, and this compromise with salt water and inappropriate conditions makes it an exceptional plant. Hara trees are located in shallow parts of Khorkhoran Kenar and on the hills similar to an isle, which come out of the water completely when the sea level goes down. The depth of water in these areas does not exceed 1 to 1.5 meters.
The total area of Hara forests is estimated at 7,500 hectares, of which 2,400 hectares are located in Qeshm Island. The Hara Forests of Nayband Gulf, are the most extensive districts of this rare tree series with an area of 390 hectares, the last massive and extensive region in the coastal area of Southwest Asia.