The Rural inhabitants in Qeshm are hospitable and welcoming. You may find that in every single village unique and diverse culture has been inherited to today. The history of settlement in Qeshm goes back to Elamites period (B.C. 2700-539). In some areas potteries which originate from Archaemenid period and prove their habitable quality have been found. Villages have been built according to the region’s climate and construction materials. The villages were designed so that villagers can access waterways and drinking water easily. Every single village has a different socio-cultural history. Touring through rural areas in Qeshm will be an introduction to inhabitants of the island with different customs, clothing, dialect, and lifestyle from other parts of Iran
Laft is known for its breathtaking landscape of bristling Badgirs (wind catchers) and a peaceful harbor , facing Hara mangrove forest.
As shown by the fact that Qeshm Island used to be called as Laft Island, Laft was one of the most important and thriving village in the island, thus hundreds of Badgirs were built. Badgirs were used as natural air conditioners by taking cool midair wind into rooms. The beauty of streetscapes and elegance of architectural elements can be felt as walking through the village. These Badgirs are still used today. However, their function is being replaced by electric air conditioner recently, therefore protection and conservation of these cultural heritage is an impending issue. From the northern side of the village there is a hill, from which spectacular view of landscapes, Badgirs, the sea, and Hara mangrove forest can be enjoyed. On the hillside, there are a number of old wells to collect rainwater flowing from the hilltop and reserve for the dry season. In the past there were 365 wells so that villagers can use a fresh well through the year, though they are no longer used
Tabl is one of the largest village in the western part of the island and conveniently located as the base for Geopark tours. In Tabl and neighboring Haft Rangoo village there are several guesthouses which offer traditional private houses as accommodation. In addition to that, they offer traditional seafood meals according to the fish catch of the day, as well as local breads and sweets.
Tabl village equips a Jetty departing for Hara mangrove forests, where tourists can charter a motorboat as well as buy handicrafts and enjoy meals.
Just 3km west of Tabl, there is an entrance to Statues Valley. Also Tabl is convenient for tourists visiting Salt Cave.
Salakh village is notable for its traditional festival, which is celebrated on 22nd of July every year as the first day of summer.
The ancient festival is called Fisherman Norouz Ceremony (Norouz-e Syyad). Native inhabitants of the island believe that all springs move and retreat toward the sea on that day.
Villagers celebrate the holiday by swimming in the sea to protect their body from diseases and sufferings. Also they pray for blessing and health of their children and parents by pouring sea water on their bodies. Fishing is forbidden on the day.
In Salakh village there is a guesthouse which is managed by an activist family who intend to inherit their own traditional culture, where tourists can experience village lifestyles and customs as well as buy various handicraft items.
Shibderaz is a hub for tours of dolphin watching and observation of turtles laying eggs.
Indigenous villagers have played a vital role in the success of the turtle protection project. In the past villagers used to collect Hawksbill turtle eggs and used them for food. However, after acknowledging their scarcity, villagers cooperatively take part in the protection project by moving eggs to hatchery site.
There are a couple of local guesthouses where tourists can spend the nights for turtle observation. On the other hand, artistic handicrafts mainly made by women villagers are available in the village.
Borkeh Khalaf is located along the road leading to Stars Valley and convenient for tourists to stop by. In this village, local villagers regularly clean up the village voluntarily so that the village always looks clean and tidy. Handicrafts manufacturing is one of the most important industry for the village, and its techniques has been succeeded for generations. One of the most famous products is called Golabetun Duzi (embroidery) ; Stitching colorful design on the sleek golden ribbons. There is a private guesthouse in the village, and suitable for sunrise watching at Stars Valley.