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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around the Dodecanese.

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AgathonisiArki and MarathiLipsiPatmosLerosPharmakonisiLevitha and KinarosKalymnosPserimosKosAstypaleaSyrnaYialiNiserosTilosSýmiAlimniáChálkiRhodesKarpathosKasosKastelorizo or Megisti
Islands of the Dodecanese - For details click on a name or an area

Dodecanese (Δωδεκάνησα - 12 islands) is a group of islands in the SE Aegean. It actually consists, despite its name, of 163 islands of which 26 are inhabited. It is a prefecture of Greece and its capital is Rhodes.

For the cruiser, there are many interesting sight-seeing sites as well as many anchorages. From the popular Rhodes and Kos with strong archaelogical interest, to the volcanic Nisyros, and to the almost uninhabited Levitha and Syrna.

The best times to tour the Dodechanese are in the Spring, May to June, and in the autumn, September to October. You are less likely to encounter strong meltemi winds and also all the anchorages are less crowded. Other than the weather-wise unpredictable winter months, the worse time to be cruising the Sea of Samos is during the month of August. In August not only will you encounter a number of meltemi gales but all harbors and anchorages, even the most remote, will be crowded as this is the prime vacation time in Greece and the rest of the EU.

In October, especially late in the month there can be southerly winds and occasionally thunderstorms, some of which can be severe. If you are cruising during that time you should always have two possible anchorages in mind: one protected from N winds and one from the S winds.


236 Hisurönü Körfezi to Taslik Burnu including Rhodos
872 Kalimno to Rhodes
1040 Nísos Íos to Vrakhonisídha Kandhelioússa
1055 Rhodes Channel and Gökova Körfezi
1546 Samos Strait to Güllük Körfezi
1604 Gulf of Kos, Doris and Simi
1667 Rhodes Island
2682 Kolpos Patalion to Nisos Nisiros
2824 Scarpanto (Karpathos) and Kasos islands
3922 Astipalia (Stampalia) Island
3923 Niseros and Adjacent Islands
3926 Lero island and approaches
3927 Patmos, Arki and Lipso
G32 Eastern Sporades, Dodecanese & the Coast of Turkey
G34 Southern Cyclades
G35 Dodecanese and the Coast of Turkey
G36 Marmaris to Kekova Adasi
54400 Nisos Samos to Nisos Rhodhos
54403 Samos Strait to Nisos Kalolimnos
54407 Nisos Kalymnos to Kadriga Burnu
54408 NIsos Kos To Nisos Tilos
54410 Nisos Astipalaia
54412 Nisos Amorgos & Plans in Astipalaia
54416 Nisos Rodhos
54420 Iskandil Burnu to Dildarde Burnu
42 Andros to Chalki Island
422 Naxos to Samos & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor
423 Paros to Astypalia
451 Leros to Rhodos
452 Rhodos to Castelorizo


In the summer months the weather is dominated by the meltemi which comes from the NW.

For details see Aegean Weather.

Currents & Tides

The Dodecanese experience weak currents and low tides.


Islands in the Group

Islands of the Dodecanese
Agathonisi Agathonisi /wiki/Agathonisi Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
AlimniáAlimniá/wiki/Alimnia Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Arki and Marathi Arki and Marathi /wiki/Arki_and_Marathi Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Astypalea Astypalea /wiki/Astypalea Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
ChálkiChálki/wiki/Chalki Harbour icon – harbour |
Kalymnos Kalymnos /wiki/Kalymnos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Karpathos Karpathos /wiki/Karpathos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kasos Kasos /wiki/Kasos Harbour icon – harbour |
Kastelorizo Kastelorizo /wiki/Kastelorizo Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kos Kos /wiki/Kos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Leros Leros /wiki/Leros Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Levitha and Kinaros Levitha and Kinaros /wiki/Levitha_and_Kinaros Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Lipsi Lipsi /wiki/Lipsi Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Niseros and Yiali Niseros and Yiali /wiki/Niseros_and_Yiali Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Patmos Patmos /wiki/Patmos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Pharmakonisi Pharmakonisi /wiki/Pharmakonisi Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Pserimos Pserimos /wiki/Pserimos Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Rhodes Rhodes /wiki/Rhodes Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
SýmiSými/wiki/Symi Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Syrna Syrna /wiki/Syrna Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Tilos Tilos /wiki/Tilos Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||


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Eating out

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In the early Bronze Age the Dodecanese were dominated by the Minoans from Crete and later, about 1400 BC, by the Achaeans, the people of the Iliad and the Odyssey. In Classical times the islands, many of them inhabited by Dorian Greeks, played a role in the Persian Wars. They have been invaded and dominated by the Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Genovese, the Knights of St. John, the Ottomans, and in the 20th century by the Italians under Mussolini. Finally in 1947 they became part of Greece.

For historical details see the pages of individual islands.

Places to Visit

See individual islands.


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)


Also see Aegean Sea.


See Aegean Sea.


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