Crossing the Persian gulf from Iran to Dubai, by boat.
Crossing the Persian gulf from Iran to Dubai, by boat. We say goodbye to Iran as we board the ferry that will bring us to into the Ultra Modern Age: Dubai.
I’ve always had this fascination of traveling all the way to Asia or the middle east by land. An adventure, only using local transport and not using any flights. So when we decided to follow the Silkroad into Turkmenistan and Iran we looked at the idea of crossing through Pakistan into India. We had planned to start trekking in Nepal early November, following the trail into Pakistan would mean messing the trekking season in Nepal. We heard about a ferry going to Dubai from Iran and since all of the flights from Iran to Nepal had a lay-over in Dubai we might as well take the ferry.
Exciting, more adventure!!! This would mean that since we arrived in Vilnius in August(2019) we did the whole trip overland(and Sea of course). Coming such a long way and this part of the trip would end in Dubai.
Ferry from Bandar-e Lengeh to Dubai.
Luckily we bought our tickets already in Tehran a few weeks ago. A friendly local in Tehran helped us to find a travel agency where they sold the tickets. The employees were a bit surprised when two gringo’s walked in. But Iranians being Iranians they were super friendly and arranged two ferry tickets for us. This also meant that they had our contact details to notify us the ferry was rescheduled to a day earlier.
From Hormuz Island it was still a few hours traveling to Bandar-e Lengeh, the city from where the ferry would sail to Dubai. So we decided to go the day before departure. It took us a ferry and a few taxi’s from Hormuz to Bandar-e Lengeh.
That evening we sat on the beach enjoying the last sunset in Iran and getting excited for new adventures to come.
Early morning we made our way to the port(ticket said be 5 hours early). But we figured 2-3 hours should be enough. We were right, it was like boarding a plane. Security checks and a lot of waiting. Oh and a lot of stares….. one of the employees told us the hardly see any tourists here. Time to board the ferry!
As the ferry took of we looked back at Iran, one last time. Thinking about all the amazing people we met and all of the beauty that we saw in the country. Traveling to a lot of places also means saying goodbye to a lot of places. Never had we felt so welcome and spoiled by warmth and kindness of people as in Iran. Luckily that was the moment they served food: Kebab and there is nothing a good kebab can’t fix!
Of course being the only foreigners we stood out quite a bit. The captain noticed us and came over for a chat, sharing some stories with us.
About an hour later the friendly captain came up to us and asked us to follow him on to the front deck. Since we were getting closer to Dubai the skyline was getting visible. Look at that…. Dubai, the change could not be bigger. Coming such a long way and the route we were on would end there.
We also found out a few weeks ago that our friends Roy and Joyce would be in Dubai at exactly the same time because of the F1 weekend in Abu Dhabi. Perfect timing, we were getting exciting for Dubai!