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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Atokos.

38°29.231'N, 020°48.785'E Chart icon.png
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The eponymous house in One House Bay

The tiny island of Atokos is situated in the so-called Inland Sea, that part of the Ionian Sea in Greece which is bordered on the W by the islands of Lefkas, Kefalonia and Ithaca and on the E by the Greek mainland coast between Lefkas and the Gulf of Patras. The island sits in a somewhat windy channel halfway between Ithaca five miles W and the island of Kastos roughly the same distance to the NE. The island rises like an extinct volcano (which it may well be) from the ocean bed and is mostly rocky and steep-to around its coasts. There is one bay on the SE side, popularly known as One House Bay, which is the only suitable anchorage for an overnight stop – and that in settled weather only. There are no facilities on the island whatsoever.


203 Nisos Zakinthos to Nisos Paxoi
G12 Nísos Levkas to Nísos Zákinthos
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
30 Kefalonia, Ithaki





  • Coast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channel 03

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


All the approaches to the island are straightforward, but be prepared for some gusting in the prevailing NW winds when nearing it, as the winds tend to swirl around and over the top. Shelter in the anchorage is acceptable in the prevailing W/NW winds unless they rise much above F5, when it gets uncomfortable here with the gusts. There is no protection from any other direction, especially easterlies.




One House Bay

One House Bay/wiki/Atokos#One_House_Bay
Anchorage icon One House Bay [[Atokos#One House Bay|One House Bay]] 38°28.98′N, 20°49.26′E
The bay lies just inside the headland at the SE tip of the island and consists of a small cove with a beach at its head and a few prominent rocks at its S end. Depths are 15-20 metres in the entrance but it is possible (assuming the anchorage is not full) to find depths of 6.0 – 7.0 metres further in, about 50 metres off the beach. Holding is good in sand and weed with a few rocks. The shelter in this position is good enough to stay overnight in the usual F3-4 NW seabreeze, although there are gusts until the winds die down in the evening. The water is crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling – especially in the late evening and early morning when there is no seabreeze. Ashore there is a small house and a tiny chapel but little else.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Do please take it with you. Some yacht-borne morons don’t and it just festers on the beach
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A



Eating out

None, nor ever likely to be.




Really nothing and best kept that way.


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


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See Ionian Sea.


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  • A delightful spot – especially outside the busy season – but to be avoided with anything above F4 in the forecast and definitely with anything other than W/NW winds. --Athene of Lymington
  • If you are looking for a day-stay for lunch and an exceptional snorkeling (and scuba) experience, the Cliff Bay on the SSE side is the place you will remember for a long time. The east side of Cliff Bay is unspoiled, often very little visited, exceptional clear water with turquoise water over large spots of fine sandy seabed. Go as close as possible due to anchoring depth. This is not an over-night anchorage. --Camelot 08:55, 19 January 2014 (GMT) Norway Icon.png

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