Dodecanese Islands

Dodecanese Islands

Wander round the medieval Old City of Rhodes and learn about the layers of history that have overtaken the island over time. Enjoy the deserted beaches of Kos and perhaps even rent a bicycle to explore further inland on roads that cars are banned from. Feel as if you’re the only people on Earth by wandering the sparsely populated islands of Arki and Marathi.

The sailing can be very exciting too! The Meltemi winds can build to a boisterous Force 7 and can blast you along with dolphins riding your bow wave for hours on end as you enjoy the pleasures of being afloat to the limits! The wildlife will beguile you – ever thought of swimming with tuna? Not on everyone’s to do list but with their speed through the water, quite as fun as swimming with dolphins!

 

One week

DAY 1: The delivery time is 05:00 pm. If you have the possibility to be on the island before departure time, you can contact our base manager. He will inform you if the boat is cleaned, checked and ready to travel. He may deliver you the boat earlier than five o'clock. At the first night, you have the possibility to stop at PSERIMOS (36o55oN, 27o08oE), a nice, small greek island without cars around and have dinner at a nice small taverna, KATERINA.

DAY 2,3: Leros (37o07oN, 26o51oE). Nice sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are expecting you at PORTO-LAKI or at the main harbor of Leros. ORMOS ALIDAS (37o09oN) and ORMOS PANTELI (37o09oN) are also known for the nice tavernas which serve good greek food.

DAY 4,5: Patmos (37o19oN, 26o32oE). The northernmost of Dodecanese. The island is composed of three barren volcanic lumps and well known for its monasteries (St. John the Divine) and the trade of sponges. The perfect place to anchor is the main harbor called SKALA.

DAY 4: Lipsi (37o17oN, 26o45oE). The small villages attract lots of tourists, especially those who like fishing and agricultural life. The smell of fresh fish is spread all over the air!

DAY 5: Arki. A much indented island lying six miles ENE of Ak Yeranoa on Patmos. About halfway along the W coast lies Port Augusta and Port Stretto, protected by a number of small off-lying islands.

DAY 6: Kalimnos (36o56oN, 26o59oE). The sister island of Leros and the home of Kalimniot sponge-divers. Originally the sponge divers fished in shallow waters, jumping overboard with a heavy stone slab and scooping the sponges off the bottom into a net. Sponges are of course for sale everywhere!

DAY 7: Back to KOS Base. The latest you can return the boat is 05:00 pm. Disembarkation 09:00 am on Saturday morning.

Two weeks

DAY 1: The delivery time is 05:00 pm. If you have the possibility to be on the island before departure time, you can contact our base manager. He will inform you if the boat is cleaned,checked and ready to travel. He may deliver you the boat earlier than five o'clock. At the first night, you have the possibility to stop at PSERIMOS (36o55oN, 27o08oE), a nice, small greek island without cars around and have dinner at a nice small taverna, KATERINA.

DAY 2,3: Leros (37o07oN, 26o51oE). Nice sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are expecting you at PORTO-LAKI or at the main harbor of Leros. ORMOS ALIDAS (37o09oN) and ORMOS PANTELI (37o09oN) are also known for the nice tavernas which serve good greek food.

DAY 4,5: Patmos (37o19oN, 26o32oE). The northernmost of Dodecanese. The island is composed of three barrenvolcanic lumps and well known for its monasteries (St. John the Divine) and the trade of sponges. The perfect place to anchor is the main harbor called SKALA.

DAY 6: Arki. A much indented island lying six miles ENE of Ak Yeranoa on Patmos. About halfway along the Wcoast lies Port Augusta and Port Stretto, protected by a number of small off-lying islands.

DAY 7: Lipso (37o17oN, 26o45oE). The small villages attract lots of tourists, especially those who like fishing and agricultural life. The smell of fresh fish is spread all over the air!

DAY 8,9: Kalimnos (36o56oN, 26o59oE). The sister island of Leros and the home of Kalimniot sponge-divers. Originally the sponge divers fished in shallow waters, jumping overboard with a heavy stone slab and scooping the sponges off the bottom into a net. Sponges are of course for sale everywhere!

DAY 10,11: Nisiros. An extinct volcanic crater poking out of the sea. If the weather allows, it is a thoroughly pleasant excursion to the crater where there is a spectacular view of the surrounding sea and islands!! Visit MANDRAKI LIMIN where you can find good shopping and tavernas.

DAY 12: Symi. The island lies in the entrance to the Gulf of Doris looking like a giant Rorschach ink blob. Discovering Simi is like discovering an exotic plant in the desert. The muted blue, amber, cream and rose-hued houses have been built one upon the other up the steep sides of the inlet like a child ‘s building block version of a town.

DAY 13: Tilos. It is the place to organise a visit to Ano Englianos and ancient Tilos. Good shopping for provisions.

DAY 14: Back to Kosbase. The latest you can return the boat is 05:00 pm. Disembarkation 09:00 am on Saturday morning.

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