The largest island of Pakistan: Astola

Astola Island, off the Balochistan Coast. Astola Island is the largest island of Pakistan and is also known as Jazira Haft Talar, Island of the Seven Hills. It’s about 39 km southeast of Pakistani fishing port Pasni.

Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar (Balochi: زروان ءِ هفت تلار) Satadip or ‘Island of the Seven Hills’, is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of the nearest part of the coast and 39 km (24 mi) southeast of the fishing port of Pasni. Astola is Pakistan’s largest offshore island at approximately 6.7 km (4.2 mi) long with a maximum width of 2.3 km (1.4 mi) and an area of approximately 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi). The highest point is 246 ft (75 m) above sea level. Administratively, the island is part of the Pasni subdistrict of Gwadar District in Balochistan province. The island can be accessed by motorized boats from Pasni, with a journey time of about 5 hours to reach the island.

 

Pakistan declared Astola as its first Marine Protected Area in June 2017 as part an international obligation of the Federal Government under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Aichi Biodiversity.

 

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