Via Symi to Nysiron and via Tilos to Chalki and back
- Day 1 -
from rhodes mandraki to symi
About 25 sea miles
Starting early from Rhodes you can reach Symis harbour within 3,5 – 4,5 hours. In the scenic harbour of Symi you will find moorings at the north side. Normally you moor your bow or the stern at the quay. You have to mind not to interfere with the ferries anchorages. Then you have got plenty of time to explore the scenic small town.
There are lots of tavernas, electricity, water and other facilities to supply.
Hotel in 6-10 m depth of water.
Alternatively you can also anchor in Pedi (36° 36,95' N; 027° 51,70' E), a deep fjord like bay. It is quieter there, but the moorings at the quay in front of the Pedi Beach Hotel are limited. The anchorage for the water tanker supplying Symi with water must be respected! There are more moorings at a new quay in the north of the bay. Or you anchor in the area of the pier in front of the Pedi Beach Hotel.
In the bay there are two pubs and the Pedi Beach Hotel, which offers showering facilities and breakfast for hungry crews. There is a small supermarket, too. Apart from that supply is hardly possible.
In a few minutes time you can reach the capital Symi by bus. The bay in front of the cloister Panormitis at the south-western side of the island is very pretty and romantic.
After the day visitors have left it becomes cosy. The number of moorings at the jetty is limited. In summer the anchorages in the bay are well frequented. The bay is well protected. The sea floor is perfect for anchors and there is a small tavern, too.
- Day 2 -
from symi to nisyros
About 32 sea miles
The best way from Symi to Nisyros is through the Strait between Symi and Nimos especially if you come from Symi or Pedi. You save some miles. The passage is safe. Water depth in the shipping channel is at least 4 m.
The main harbour of Nisyros, Mandraki, is not recommendable. It is better to try and find a mooring in the small port of Paloi (pronounced Pali) (36° 37,24' N; 027° 10,3' E).
Coming from the west the harbour is hardly visible.
Access is from the east. The entry is slightly silted. In some places the water depth is only about two and a half meter. It is best to enter close to the northern pier. You can moor at the northern or southern pier (townpier) bow or stern side.
There is electricity and water at the quay. However the harbour master, in May and June 2015 still directing the boats, was not there any more in July. Showering and washing facilities you can find in the Tavera “Aphrodite”, where you can have an affordable meal, too.
You can explore the volcanic island of Nisyros by bus or rental car.
A visit of the volcanic cater is worth while. If the weather is nice you have a fantastic view at the surrounding islands.
We also recommend a visit of the little villages in the mountains Emporios and Nikia.
- Day 3 -
from nisyros nach kos
About 21 sea miles
Kos is within spitting distance. Then you have got sufficient time for a stroll in the town or a visit of the historic excavations. Kos Marina is said to be one of the best Marinas in Greece and offers the full range of supply, lots of pub and a supermarket delivering to your boat. You have to register on channel 77 and you should have a reservation in advance.
It is just about 10-15 min walk to the nearby Old Town and fortress.
Alternatively you may anchor in the old harbour of Kos (36° 53,84' N; 027° 17,34' E). You moor bow or stern side at the eastern quay. Particularly in summer the harbour is well attended and it is not easy to find a nice spot. In the harbour and its surroundings there are plenty of pubs and restaurants as well as supplying facilities. Furthermore Kos has got an airport. During the season there are international flights.
- Day 4 -
from kos to tilos
About 25 sea miles
At the east coast of Tilos there is the bay of Livadia with its tiny port (36° 25,02' N; 027° 23,18' E) and ferry dock.
In the port yachts can moor bow or stern side at the (east) Town quay or alongside at the west quay. In the bay east of the port you may anchor without any problem.
Having extremely good weather you can even moor bow, stern or alongside at the outside of the jetty. However you have to take care that the ferry dock has to be kept clear.
Most of the time, but unfortunately not always, there is electric and water supply. In the small village there are some Tavernas and you can buy food.
We recommend the Taverna “Mixalis” as we have had only good experiences so far.
- Day 5 -
from tilos to chalki
About 15 sea miles
Especially after the day trippers from Rhodes have left, you have a calm and pleasant time at this small and rocky island.
In winter time Chalki is permanently inhabited by only about 50 people. In summer time there are many more, you can imagine.
Approaching by night is not advisable, as there are a few shoals at the entry. In summer you can moor either at a mobile pier or at the Town Quay. However there you have to warp immediately when the ferry arrives. Another possibility is to anchor in the bay opposite to the uninhabited island of Alimia. Your reward is a beautiful view at Chalki and Rhodes.
- Day 6 -
from chalki to rhodes mandraki
About 35 sea miles
It is a slightly longer reach which can easily be achieved with following sea. In case of head wind it might make sense to reschedule and call in at Panormitis on Symi.
The home port Mandraki (36° 45,06' N; 28° 22,78' E) should be reached in the late afternoon.