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WorldMediterraneanAegean SeaGreeceDodecaneseChalki
36°13.809'N, 027°34.603'E Chart icon.png
lat=36.23015 | lon=27.57671 | zoom=12 | y
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Satellite View of Chalki & Alimnia

Chálki (Χάλκη) or Halki or Khalki is a small island of 2 km2 and about 300 inhabitants located approximately 7 nM west of Rhodes. It is a mountainous off-the-beaten-track island with many sandy beaches. There are many nice neoclassical pastel colored houses surrounding the harbor whose owners have mostly immigrated and live in Florida. The main street is named Tarpon Springs Boulevard.

Chálki famous for keeping its old music and traditional songs the 15 syllable mandinádes.


872 Kalimnos to Rhodes
1667 Rhodes island
G35 Dodecanese and the Coast of Turkey
54400 Nisos Samos to Nisos Rhodhos
54416 Nisos Rhodhos
451 Leros to Rhodos


See Aegean Sea.





  • Greek Coast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channels 01 & 63

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Approaches to Chálki are straightforward.



Chart of Emborió Bay


Harbour icon Emborio [[Chalki#Emborio|Emborio]] (Εμπορειό) 36°13.3′N, 27°36.9′E

Emborió or Chálki is the only anchorage on the island and provides reasonable shelter from the meltemi although it is gusty. On the north side of the harbour a new T-shaped pontoon has been installed. Either anchor moor on the outside of the T section, dropping anchor in depths of 12-15 metres, or go alongside the inner section of the pontoon where directed. There were also a few laid moorings at the time of visit (July 2009) along the southern side of the pontoon joining the T section to the shore. Water and electricity is available on a card system - €3 for 500 litres of water and €3 for 300 kW electricity. Typical charge for a night’s mooring is around €1 per metre overall length. There seems to be a constant swell in the harbour in most wind conditions and, since it rolls directly onto the T, the berths on anchor moor on the outside are usually the most comfortable. The harbor can be very crowded at peak times and you may not find room, especially if you arrive late. In such circumstances, the best near-by all weather shelter is at Alimniá.

Alternatively you can anchor off in a cove just W of the harbor. Easy distance by dinghy.

Danger: On the SE of the island, W of the tiny Nisaki island there is a rock, Xera, which is awash and not always easy to see.
Emborio the Harbor of Chálki
The T-shaped pontoon
Anchoring off, W of the harbor

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Chart of Potamos


Anchorage icon Potamos [[Chalki#Potamos|Potamos]] (Ποταμός) 36°13.2′N, 27°36.3′E
Potamos is a small bay S of Emborió and within walking distance. It is possible to anchor here.


Water On the pontoon in Emborio
Electricity On the pontoon in Emborio
Toilets None
Showers None
Laundry None
Garbage Trash cans in the harbor.
Fuel None
Bottled gas None
Chandlers None
Repairs None
Mobile connectivity Reasonable 3G signal
Vehicle rentals


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc..

Store name1/wiki/Chalki#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name1.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name1 [[Chalki#Store name1|Store name1]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.)

  • Location1
Name/wiki/Chalki#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Chalki#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.
  • Location2
Name/wiki/Chalki#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Chalki#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.


Ferries to Rhodes.



Greece Chalke2.jpg
The colorful houses in Emborió
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Tarpon Springs Boulevard

The island was named Chálki from its copper (chalkos - χαλκός) mines which flourished in antiquity. Its first inhabitants were Pelasgians, Karians, Dorians, Phoenicians. From excavations on the island it appears that it was flourishing from the 10 century BC to the classical period during which it was under Athenian influence. In the middle ages the island was possessed by the Arabs, the Byzantines, the Venetians, and the Genoese. It was then part of the Ottoman Empire until it was sold to the Italians in the 19th century AD. After World War II, in 1948 Chálki along with the rest of the Dodecanese was united with Greece. The island had seen some prosperity in the early part of this century but when the trade of sponges, sponge diving being its chief occupation, collapsed it faced hard times and many of its inhabitants immigrated to the US.

Places to Visit

At Emborió one can walk along the Tarpon Springs Boulevard to the beach (Potamos). Also one can visit the church of Ayios Nikólaos with the tallest campanile in the Dodecanese.

About an hour uphill walk from Emborio there is the abandoned town Chorió dominated by the castle of the Knights of St. John which is built on top of the ancient acropolis. The view from here is spectacular, on clear days one can see as far as Karpathos and Crete. Also, at Chorió there is the Byzantine church of Panayia with a few frescoes.


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 Greece.


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.

  • From Pigadhia on Karpathos to Emborio, Halki - 48 miles in six hours in WNW 5 to 6 on yankee, staysail and single reefed main (5 July 2009). For him: cracking; for her: scary --Atheneoflymington 13:14, 21 July 2009 (UTC).

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