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Kuşadasi (Port of entry)

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37°52′N, 27°15′E
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Kuşadasi has a long history, it is believed to be at the site of ancient Neapolis. During the Byzantine era it was called Ania. It was taken by the Venetians and the Genoese who named it Scala Nuova. Later, it was predominately populated by Greeks who called it Nea Ephesos (New Ephesus). Today it is a booming town, a major tourist area, complete with high-rise hotels. It is a popular stop for cruise ships, which disgorge hundreds of tourists into buses to visit two very important ancient sites Ephesus and Didyma which are only a few kilometers away. The marina in Kusadasi was one of the first to be established in Turkey and is much frequented by cruising yachts travelling along the Turkish coast between the harbours of Didyma to the south and Sigacik to the north. It is also just 15 miles from Samos if clearing out from Greece into Turkey or vice versa. The marina can sometimes be full during July and August and it is wise to make a reservation if visiting during those months, especially since there are no good anchorages nearby.


Modern Kusadasi
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1546 Samos Strait to Güllük Körfezi
G32 Eastern Sporades, Dodecanese & the Coast of Turkey
54389 Fener Adasi to Samos Strait
2231 C) Kuşadası
422 Naxos to Samos & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor

Radio Nets

Also see Cruiser's Nets

Submit details of local radio Nets.


See Turkey.

Approach and Navigation

When approaching Kusadasi from the south (e.g. having passed throught the Straits of Samos), yachts should pass well offshore of Karga Burnu and Yalanci Burnu, both of which have reefs extending some distance offshore. There is also a shoal patch due west of the marina entrance, just over a mile off, where depths shoal to around 5-6 metres. This is, however, usually identifiable by tripper or dive boats moored on it. If manoeuvering around the outside of the marina breakwater, note that it shallows dangerously towards the root.

Check-in facilities

Yachts are not allowed in the main harbor but should go to the marina.

Kusadasi is a port of entry into Turkey. The marina staff, for a well deserved consideration, will handle all formalities.

Offshore Islands


Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Kuşadasi Harbor

GPS: 37°52′N, 27°15′E
The harbor, and downtown, is 20 minutes from the marina. It is used by cruise ships, fishing boats, and gulets. Yachts are not allowed.

Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo

atellite View of Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo - Chartlet
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GPS: 37°39′N, 27°0.6′E
These two uninhabited coves are very close (2-3 nM SE) to the Mykale Channel between Turkey and Samos. Of the two, Port Saint Nikolo is a better shelter.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

There is a chandlery and a large Migros supermarket at the marina.


The marina does major repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

At the marina
At the marina
At the marina

Tourism and Things to do Ashore



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Ephesus is a major and very impressive archaeological site. The city was at one time the second most important in the Roman Empire, after Rome itself, with a population of around 250,000. Its Temple of Artemis (Diana of the Ephesians), now in ruins, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The site of Ephesus is located about 1/2 hour drive from Kusadasi near Selcuk and is a "must see." It is best to visit early in the morning because in the middle of the day it is extremely hot. Allow several hours for the visit.


Sirince is an picturesque former Greek village about 12 km from Ephesus. There many nice restaurants here. The town is famous for its fruit wines.

Sirince is renowned for its fruit wines
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The Temple of Apollo in Didyma is one of the most impressive ancient temples because of its sheer size and state of preservation. So ambitious was its plan (it would have been the ancient world's largest temple) that it was never completed. The temple and its sacred underground spring were the site of a 6th century BC oracle that rivalled Delphi in importance.

Temple of Apollo, Didyma
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Grocery & Supply Stores

There is a large Migros supermarket in the marina and other general/food stores along the road outside.


  • Numerous restaurants in the marina and along the main road into town. Bebop Cafe in the marina is excellent. Outside, on the road into town, the Mezgit has a deservedly good reputation and the restaurant of the Paloma Rina Otel is very good and has wonderful views over the marina and bay of Kusadasi. For Ottoman specialities, the Ayhan Usta overlooking the marina on the east side is a good value choice.
  • Several upscale restaurants in Sirince


In the marina.


At the Kusadasi Marina.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several agencies in town.

Garbage Disposal

There are bins around the harbor and in the marina.


There are daily ferries to Samos and buses to cities in Turkey.

Routes/Passages To/From

See Aegean Sea.

Cruiser's Friends

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

Forum Discussions

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External Links

References & Publications

See Turkey.

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