It is difficult to see where the entrance is to the bay – vessels appear to pop out of a slit in the cliffs. Once near the entrance the buildings of the town and the outer mole can be seen.
Use the light on Ak.Kokkala (Fl(3)12s9M) and on the S side of the entrance (Fl.3s6M). The breakwater is lit on its extremity: Fl.G.1 5s3M.
It is advisable to take down your sails before entering the bay as with the meltemi (northerly winds) there are strong gusts from all directions at the entrance and inside the bay.
Berth stern-to or bows-to the quay between the two moles or anchor at the head of the bay. The bottom is hard sand and weed with some rocks – fair holding only.
Good shelter from the meltemi although there are gusts. With W winds a swell rolls into the bay.
Port police and customs.
On the quay
Non locally although you may be able to get some delivered to the quay. Enquire ashore.
Most provisions although supplies are mush dependent on the ferries.
Good tavernas nearby.
Aregular bus runs to Apollonia, the island capital, where there are a PO and OTE and better shopping for provisions. Ferries to Milos and Piraeus.