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Kalamos
38°37.570'N, 020°54.600'E Chart icon.png
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Satellite View of Kastos and Kalamos

The small Greek island of Kalamos (Kálamos - Κάλαμος) lies eight miles SE of the island of Lefkas in the so-called ‘Inland Sea’ enclosed by the islands of Levkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia on the west and the Greek mainland on the east. Together with these other islands and the smaller islands of Meganisi five miles to the NW and Kastos just one mile to the SE, Kalamos is a popular overnight stop for yachts cruising the area between the Lefkas Canal and the Gulf of Patras. The main settlement of Kalamos town is on the E side of the island, just over half way from its southernmost tip, and offers good shelter in winds from most directions (although strong easterlies can cause problems and may even make the harbour untenable). The harbour has space for around 30 yachts moored stern/bows-to on its long E breakwater and W quay. The village to the W is pleasant rather than picturesque and has a modest amount of tourism, mostly from local Greeks. Other berthing options are the anchorage of Port Leone at the S end of the island or the tiny harbour of Episkopi on the N coast.

Charts

BA
203 Nisos Zakinthos to Nisos Paxoi
Imray-Tetra
G12 Nísos Levkas to Nísos Zákinthos
G121 Inland Sea Ionian
NIMA
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
Greek
30 Kefalonia, Ithaki

Weather

The harbour of Kalamos offers good shelter in all except E and SE winds, which send in an uncomfortable swell and can make the harbour untenable if very strong. In summer, katabatic winds may be experienced from the high mountains W of the harbour.

Passages

Islands

Key to symbols: |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||
  • Kastos Kastos /wiki/Kastos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Meganisi Meganisi /wiki/Meganisi Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |

Communication

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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The island is mountainous and easily spotted from distance. In the approach from S, round the cape of Ak. Kafali, the shoal of Ifalos Formikoula just under a mile W is to be avoided. The approach from N has no hazards, although there are isolated rocks close inshore which are easily avoided by staying at least 100 metres offshore. The channel between Kalamos and its immediate neighbour, Kastos, can sometimes be subject to gusting in strong NW winds. Approaching the harbour from S, a series of prominent windmills, including one right on the shore, mark the headland immediately SW of the harbour. The harbour is entered from N between a long, curved eastern breakwater and a shorter western one. Depths in the entrance are 3.5 – 4.0 metres and on the quays from 2.5 to 3.5 metres.

Entrance

A yacht cannot clear in at Kalamos. Lefkas is the nearest port of entry.

Berthing

Ports

Yachts moored on Kalamos E breakwater

Port Kalamos

Port Kalamos/wiki/Kalamos#Port_Kalamos
Harbour icon Port Kalamos [[Kalamos#Port Kalamos|Port Kalamos]] 38°37.36′N, 20°55.91′E

Port Kalamos, down hill from the village of Kalamos, is the main harbour on the island and fills up rapidly during high season, when the charter business is in full swing. A yacht has four mooring options, depending on time of arrival and draft:

  1. Stern/bows-to the outermost length of the quay on the southern breakwater, between the end and the first ‘elbow’, using the anchor. Depths here are around 3.0 metres. The quay is equipped with small iron bollards and mooring rings set into the wall but nothing else. There is space here for around 6-8 yachts and it is the most popular place to berth because of the depth (although more subject to any swell with anything E in the wind).
  2. Stern/bows-to the third length of this quay, between the second and the third ‘elbow’, again using the anchor. Depths here are around 2.5 metres. The quay is equipped with concrete bollards in varying states of repair but nothing else. There is space here for a further 8-10 yachts and it is the second most popular place to berth.
  3. Stern/bows-to the second length of the quay, between the first and second ‘elbow’, again using the anchor. Depths here are around 2.0 – 2.5 metres, but there is rock ballasting in several places which reduces depths to only a metre; hence these berths tend to be occupied only when the others are full and deeper draft yachts will need to anchor off and take a line ashore. This quay is also equipped with concrete bollards, some in a poor state of repair but nothing else. There is space here for around 8-10 yachts.
  4. Stern/bows-to the quay on the W side of the harbour, wherever there is space, using the anchor. Depths here are 2.5 metres and the quay is equipped with iron bollards and mooring rings. If mooring here, care is needed not to foul the anchors of yachts on the breakwater opposite. Holding in the harbour is good in mud and weed.
Yachts moored on W quay, Kalamos
View from terrace of George’s Taverna
The tiny harbour of Episkopi

Episkopi

Episkopi/wiki/Kalamos#Episkopi
Harbour icon Episkopi [[Kalamos#Episkopi|Episkopi]] 38°38.92′N, 20°55.55′E
Episkopi is a tiny harbour on the N coast of the island. Most of it is occupied with small craft, but there is space for 5 – 6 yachts of moderate draft to anchor moor along the section of the quay between the small craft moorings and the ferry berth (the section with yellow bollards). The ferry visits at 0700 and 1430 every day. Depths along the quay are 2.5 metres but you will only be able to put out 20- 25 metres of chain in view of the size of the harbour. Holding is good in sand and weed. A small café/bar opens in the season. Shelter here is only moderate and Episkopi should only be visited in settled weather.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Anchorage in N cove

Port Leone

Port Leone/wiki/Kalamos#Port_Leone
Anchorage icon Port Leone [[Kalamos#Port Leone|Port Leone]] 38°36.008'N, 020°53.363'E
Yacht leaving Port Leone jetty

Port Leone is the former harbour of the island, which was deserted following the 1953 earthquake, which destroyed the water supply. Of the ruins, only the church remains. A yacht has three options here:

  1. Free anchor in the cove immediately N of the deserted village in 10-12 metres. Good shelter in the prevailing winds.
  2. Anchor in the cove to the S of the village in 6.0 - 7.0 metres, preferably taking a line ashore. Good shelter in the prevailing winds but gusts in the evening. Note that a fisherman occasionally lays nets part way across the entrance to the cove, which can be passed on the W side.
  3. Anchor immediately S of the village, taking a line ashore to either of the two wooden jetties. Depths at the end of the jetties are 2.0 – 2.5 metres. No more than two yachts can moor in this way (and not on 1 July or 15 August, when pilgrims visit the church). Lines are attached to ropes tied through the planking on the jetties.
The holding is good in all these positions in sand and weed. Shelter from the prevailing W/NW winds is good in all positions, but the whole bay is open to NE and especially E.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Port Kalamos: via long hose from ferry quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets At George’s Taverna
Showers At George’s Taverna
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins near the harbours
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet Wifi at George’s Taverna and Cafe Il Panino
Mobile connectivity 3G Signa
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

Port Kalamos/wiki/Kalamos#.5B.5B.23Port_Kalamos.7CPort_Kalamos.5D.5DProvisions icon Port Kalamos [[Kalamos#Port Kalamos|Port Kalamos]] Minimarket and greengrocer on the W quay with limited provisions.

  • Bakery up in the village.

Eating out

George’s Taverna/wiki/Kalamos#George.E2.80.99s_TavernaEatingout icon George’s Taverna [[Kalamos#George’s Taverna|George’s Taverna]] at the S end of the harbour is virtually an institution for visiting yotties. George is the friendly character who probably helped you berth on arrival and has tended to the mooring and dining needs of generations of yachtsmen cruising the Inland Sea.

Transportation

Ferries to Kastos and Astakos on mainland.

Tourism

The village of Kalamos winding up the steep slopes above the harbour has its charms but is not especially picturesque. There are some nice walks to the N end of the island through stands of pine and eucalyptus trees.

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References

See Ionian Sea.

Comments

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.

  • We visited during the first week of June 2014. Port Kalamost was choke full (mostly with SailingHolidays flotilla), so we anchored in Port Leone instead and spent a very peaceful night on anchor. --Dimrub 13:58, 8 June 2014 (BST)

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