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Port of Entry
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Kelibia Harbour from fortress

Kelibia is a commercial fishing port. While the harbor tends to be very crowded is a convenient port for cruisers coming from Malta to check into Tunisia.


See Tunisia.


See Tunisia.


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


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Approaches to Kelibia are straight forward, no dangers. But:

Warning: The entrance to the harbor may be silted. As of March 2012 no problems existed with silting of the entrance to the harbour.


Kelibia is a port of entry to Tunisia. But, like all Tunisian ports, you must check-in even if you have already been cleared into the Tunisia.

For details about clearing see Tunisia.


The harbor is usually full of fishing boats and you may have to raft. There is pontoon for boats clearing customs. The harbour master (speaks only French) is likely to come to your boat soon after you arrive. A guy that helps out visiting docks who calls himself 'the guardian' (speaks only French) (phone no +216 21 348 962) will help you out finding a place when you arrive and is helpful with local knowledge for a small fee.

Warning: There can be an uncomfortable swell in the harbor.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The harbor operates as a marina.


You should be able to anchor-off as we did in 2001. --Istioploos Greece Icon.png

Yacht Repairs and Services

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


  • Busy fishing boat repair yard with massive (more than 100 tonnes) travel lift and basic associated marine repair shop supplies geared to the fishing fleet is located in the harbour area.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

on the fuel dock
on the dock.
on the dock with domestic plugs.

Things to do Ashore


The Fort of Kelibia

There is not very much to do here other than visiting the fort, swimming, and taking some nice long walks.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Kelibia has a mostly indoor fresh produce market 3 km north west of the marina open most days. Turn left out of the marina and follow the roads north west and then ask for 'marche' (market in French).
  • A much larger outdoor fruit and vegetable market is close to the indoor market (300m west). The outdoor market is characterised by horse and donkey drawn carts and is open Sundays and perhaps other days and is well worth a visit.
  • A Carrefour supermarket is nearby the fresh produce market.
  • A bunch of small shops are located just outside the marina including a few small fruit and vegetable shops.
  • A small basic grocery shop is located next to the fishermans coffee shop behind e large fishing boats on the eastern side of the harbour. Milk, eggs, canned food black and green tea and more is available.


  • A number of restaurants are close to the harbour, some overlook the harbour and more are located on the main road just outside the harbour area.
  • A small patisserie is located to the right on the main road just outside the main harbour entrance that serves French pastries, cakes, coffee and fresh orange juice, all at local (non tourist) prices.


  • The trendy Pizza cafe La Sicilliana overlooks the harbour and has free wifi and serves good pizza, panini, sandwiches, good fresh juices, mocktails and cakes. If you do not like smoky environs ask for the non smoking room. Very busy Saturday and perhaps other nights. It is the place will lots of bud / fairy lights on the outside.
  • Orange shop to the right on the main road just outside the main harbour entrance has sim cards with data, though they speak no English.


Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

  • Garbage bins are scattered around the harbour.
  • Bottle recycling for those that are keen is available on the main road outside the harbour towards the top of the hill opposite the school.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Tunisia.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • When we went to Kelibia in 2001, the harbor was very crowded with fishing boats and had a bad smell. We did not stay. --Istioploos 22:09, 19 August 2008 (EEST)
  • Visted Kelibia in March 2012. For those that like the character of a fishing harbour and local Tunisian goings on, Kelibia is a good place to visit. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. You are likely to be tied up alongside other vessels on the one crowded non fishing boat quay. Rr7
  • In May 2013 no one answered our calls on VHF as we approached. We went inside and tied up alongside another yacht on the visitor's berth. The police and custums people where there waiting for us. They were very friendly. Mostly interested in how much unopened spirits we had. Not interested in our beer or wine. Filled in lots of paperwork, then went away with our passports. The policeman then returned with our stamped passports and asked for a gift. He was happy with 5 euro we gave him. There were no other charges. We then went into town by taxi (one Dinar, given to us by our neighbour) and bought an Orange dongle and SIM for the laptop for 70D for one month/10GB. No one asked for money for us being tied up at the dock, however we did go ashore to the Harbour Master to pay what came to 23DT for a 'less than a week' stay. --LifePart2

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