Via Kos to Leros and back via Nisyros
- Day 1 -
From Rhodes Mandraki to Symi
About 20 to 27 sea miles
In the scenic harbour of Symi moorings are to be found at the northern quays. Normally you tie up the boat at the bow or the stern but you have to take into account that you must not interfere with the ferries’ access.
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 of the tanker supplying Symi with water must be kept clear. 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.
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 Kos
About 38 sea miles
The best way From Symi to Kos 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. In the Marina of Kos moorings have to be reserved in advance you have to register on channel 77 and will be instructed. At the quay you receive mooring lines.
- Day 3 -
From Kos to Kalymnos
About 19 sea miles
The island of Kalymnos and its main port Pothia (36° 56,84' N; 026° 59,69' E) is a paradise for sponge divers. Yachts tie up bow or stern side at the town quay. There are water and electricity, supermarkets, all kind of supplying facilities and lots of pubs and restaurants.
- Day 4 -
From Kalymnos to Leros (Lakki)
About 20 sea miles
The approach to the big natural harbour of Lakki (37° 06,72' N; 026° 49,78' E) is from the west. You can see 7 windmills on a mountain ridge. In the northeast of the bay there is the Leros (or Evros) Marina that belongs to a shipyard. Anchorages must be reserved in advance. Registration on channel 10.
In the northwest of the bay there is the Lakki Marina. According to instruction you moor either bow or stern side. There are mooring lines. You can get in touch with Lakki Marina on channel 11. At the Town Quay you can moor bow or stern side. Nearby there are pubs and supply facilities. There is a daily ferry to Rhodes and Piräus, too.
- Day 5 -
From Leros to Nisyros
About 40 sea miles
The main harbour of Nisyros, Mandraki, is not recommendable. It is better to try and find a mooring in the beautiful small port of Paloi (pronounced Pali) (36° 37,24' N; 027° 10,3' E).
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 6 -
From Nisyros to Tilos
About 18 sea miles
Having visited the crater there is still enough time for a crossing to the neighbour island Tilos. 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.
- Day 7 -
From Tilos to Mandraki
About 40 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.