Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia
Farasan Islands form part of an archipelago which lies about 42 km off the coast of Jizan (or Jazan), a Red Sea port city in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia and directly north of the border with Yemen. The main island is the spectacular Farasan Island which is one of the most picturesque marine areas in all of Saudi Arabia.
It is rich in nature, wildlife and marine life, which can be experienced in the natural preserves or by diving into the depths of the sea to discover the beauty of its corals and variety of beautiful and fascinating creatures. It is also blessed with a year-round moderate climate, variant weather and beautiful surroundings, so travelers can relax and enjoy their visit. The temperatures are between 30 and 39°C (86 to 102 F) all year-round, with 66% humidity in the summer and 77% in the winter.
Located northwest of Farasan, it is the heart and soul of locals whose love and passion for this coast has passed from one generation to the next. In April of each year, locals get ready for the arrival of Hareed (Parrot-fish), when thousands of this beautiful fish swim near the shore and paint a picture of just how much locals have maintained their marine customs and traditions.
Hareed (Parrot-fish) Festival
Farasan Island is distinguished from all other islands around the world for its Hareed Festival. It is a key tourist festival in the region. Hareed (Arabic for Parrotfish) is a delicious type of fish, which is also called sea parrot by locals for its considerable facial similarities to the parrot. This type of fish comes into shallow parts of the coast and locals celebrate their arrival during April and May of each year.
Al Qassar Village
Al Qassar Village is an ancient summer resort and the largest village with a palm oasis in Farasan. Alongside the village is the Kedmi Site, with large geometric stones, mostly square-shaped and rectangular as well as stone remnants that largely resemble roman columns.
Located north of the region about 400m atop a mountain peak, this castle has a strategic military location as it overlooks most of the island's coasts. Its walls are built of untreated stone coated in plaster, and its roof is made of palm fronds.
The Gendal Forest is located north of Farasan Islands. It is a loop-root mangrove forest with intertwining waterways and gulfs that offer a beautiful, scenic place for visitors.