Departing from KOS island...North or South? - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 03-23-2007 Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Question Departing from KOS island...North or South?

Hello. We will charter a catamaran (Lago0n 380) for a week from the Greek island of KOS in September. We will also have our 4 month old baby on board!.. Has anyone sailed from Kos. I can't decide which direction to go. North to Kalymnos, Leros, etc...??? Shall we go up until Samos if we take that route? What about the islands in the south? Nisiros, Tiros, Symi??? We prefer quiet small bays where we can enjoy our privacy...Any reccomendations? Thanks
leventyapan is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 03-26-2007
Senior Member
Chuteman's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 221
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
I went North

Humm, only quiet.....we had a mix.........but even in the busier ports were not that bad.
First, do you have a copy of the Greek Water? Pricey but can search for used copies.......will help on & off the water.

Our trip = Kos to Kalimnos (main town is same name or known as Pothia) to
Leros to Patmos to Arki to Kalimnos (Vathi) to Kos

The quietest towns = Leros, Arki & Vathi (my favorite as you go down a channel with hills on both side till you get to harbor.

Kalimnos (Pothia) - on the quay in main town which was fun, sponge museum, good people watching but there was traffic noise & some bar noise but not that bad............can find just about anything in the town

Patmos - the quay is so big that you can tie up away from busier part of town..................Monastery views are great...........

There are a few anchorages a long the way that are quiet & have beaches too.

Greece remains my favorite spot
Chuteman is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 5 Old 03-27-2007
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Brussels
Posts: 249
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
I should first wish a successful delivery for your pregnant wife! Just remember one thing: try to avoid exposing your (then) 4-month baby to the sun.
Now back to your cruise. I understand your dilemma: North or South. What it is sure is that you cannot do both in just one week. For a first visit, I would personally choose the route to the South because it offers two unique sites: the medieval walled city of Rhodes and the picturesque theater scene main harbour Yalos at Simi island. The itinerary would suggest staying at the excellent Kos marina the first night, go to Palon at Nisyros next day, visit the volcano and stroll through Mandraki town in the afternoon, sail down to Rhodes on day 3, possibly visit Lindos by car on day 4, leave Rhodes for Symi early morning on day 5, in the afternoon of day 6 sail the three hours to Livadia Tilos and the last day head North back to Kos, possibly on the way anchoring off for a swim at Yali island. Bear in mind that prevailing winds are westerlies in that area.
Alternatively, to enjoy your itinerary to the North, start in the afternoon at day 1 and sail the couple of hours across the channel to Pserimos island (local excursion boats do not stay there after 17:00), anchor and dine in one of the small tavernas ashore, sail to Panteli Leros on day 2 and walk up the hill and till Aghia Marina to relax, head on to Agathonissi island on day 3, then move to Marathi anchorage for a swim and continue on to Patmos island on day 4, while anchored at Skala harbour visit the town around the monastery at the top of the hill in the evening and the cave where St. John wrote the holy Bible book Revelation next morning, move to Laki Leros on day 5, then Emporio on Kalymnos on day 6 and back to Kos (this last leg should be a very fast broad reach on SE course). You have no spare time to spend reaching Samos island and I consider this northern itinerary more tiring than the southern one described above.
I wish you fair winds
chrondi is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 5 Old 03-28-2007
Junior Member
Skylark's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
We sail out of KOS in Sept 06. We left it open as to whether we were going north or south; depending on the winds. We went North first thinking it would be better; but the winds shifted around on us and did mostly motor sailing.

When we went south the first couple of days was fine and then the wind shifted again and had mostly head winds on our return. The base manager should have a heads up on the weather and will let you know the best route. We left out of The Moorings Base, if you are going with the Moorings, the base manager is a great guy, Andre. There is practically no one around that time of the year, the high season is winding down.


Last edited by Skylark; 03-28-2007 at 03:58 PM.
Skylark is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 5 Old 04-08-2007
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Thumbs up Itinerary from Kos

With a 4month baby on board ,follow this itinerary
the suggestions of chrondi are good but not in your case (forget Rhodes if the meltemi starts blowing and u are there the 60 miles till Kos will be unpleasant.)

You want to sail 15-20 miles per day max on good wind angles.
If what u like is bays and nice places to enjoy then NORTH is the only place
You want to get as fast as possible to the Greek Carib (Marathi/Arki/Lipso/prasonisia/Patmos/Archagelos)

Here it is:
Saturday-Kos or if u are lucky head to Pserimos or Vathi
Sunday-Kalimnos (Vathi or the bay north i dont recall the name)
Vathi - Lipsos(Katsadia) - Overnight in port
Lipso - Patmos (the bay south of the port)
Patmos - Marathi - Agathonisi or Arki
Agathonisi - Marathi or Lipso
Lipso - Kos marina or Pserimos

If Meltemi is blowing then you will be forced to head south or go north along the Turkish coast or stick to the island of Kalminos and head for Padeli

South itinerary
not a good idea to sail all the way to Rhodes
stick to this
Kos - Pali (Nisiros)
Pali - Tilos
Tilos - Panormitis
Panormitis - Simi Harbor
Simi - or Seskli - Nisiros
Nisiros - Kos

Thats it see u in Kos.
Make sure you inform your charter company and the skipper you have a 4month baby onboard.
sailing29 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cruising to Australia? Customs NAZIS here. sailorjim99 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 102 11-06-2008 09:12 AM
2006 Optimist Selections - Day 5 @ South African Optimist Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-11-2006 03:15 PM
Southern Ocean Weather for The Race Bill Biewenga Racing Articles 0 01-28-2001 08:00 PM
The Race, The Weather, The Route Bill Biewenga Racing Articles 0 12-31-2000 08:00 PM
South American Ports Tom Wood Cruising Articles 0 12-27-2000 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome