Kasos

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Kasos
35°23.477'N, 026°55.011'E Chart icon.png
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Satellite view of Kasos

Kasos (Κάσος) with a population of about 1,500 and an area of 69.464 km2 is one of the most remote islands in the Aegean. It is desolate and very arid. Wondering around one sees very few people the whole place has a bleak and a feeling of abandonment. It very rarely visited by yachts mostly because it is far and in the middle of the notorious Karpathian sea.

Charts

BA
2824 Scarpanto (Karpathos) and Kasos islands
Imray-Tetra
G35 Dodecanese and the Coast of Turkey
NIMA
54400 Nisos Samos to Nisos Rhodhos
2824 Scarpanto (Karpathos) and Kasos islands
Greek
452 Rhodos to Castelorizo

Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Passages

Islands

Armathiá Island

Armathiá Island/wiki/Kasos#Armathi.C3.A1_Island
Island icon Armathiá Island [[Kasos#Armathiá Island|Armathiá Island]] 35°26.1′N, 26°51.3′E
This isolated anchorage is favored by sponge fishermen from Kalymnos. It affords good shelter from the meltemi. The bottom is sand and provides good holding.

Makronísi Island

Makronísi Island/wiki/Kasos#Makron.C3.ADsi_Island
Island icon Makronísi Island [[Kasos#Makronísi Island|Makronísi Island]] 35°27.04′N, 26°53.8′E
This isolated anchorage is favored by sponge fishermen from Kalymnos. It affords good shelter from the meltemi. The bottom is sand and provides good holding.

Communication

  • Greek Coast Guard - VHF channel 12, Tel. +30 2450 41 288
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channel 03

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Approaches to Karpathos are straightforward but there are very strong gusts, especially on the south side of the island, during the meltemi season.

Berthing

There are two small harbors in Kasos and a few anchorages in the area.

Ports

Chart of Emborio

Emborió

Emborió/wiki/Kasos#Embori.C3.B3
Harbour icon Emborió [[Kasos#Emborió|Emborió]] (Εμπορειό) 35°25′N, 26°56′E

About half a mile east of Limin Fri is the small harbour of Emborios, which offers easier access for yachts in nicer surroundings than Limin Fri. Go alongside the mole, where depths are 3.5 meters from the end up as far as the ‘elbow’, after which depths shoal to 2.5 meters. Emborios has very clear water, a pleasant sandy beach, a café and two tavernas, but no water, electricity or other facilities. Shelter from the prevailing NW winds is good, but the harbour is open to the NE.

Warning: With a S wind, anchor on the N side and take a long line to the S shore.

The Harbor of Emborio
Chart of Fri

Fri

Fri/wiki/Kasos#Fri
Harbour icon Fri [[Kasos#Fri|Fri]] 35°25.2′N, 26°55.4′E

The ‘new’ harbour at Limin Fri is currently (July 2009) closed for major repairs to the outer breakwater and the quays are piled high with huge concrete blocks. In any case, since the completion of the harbour local boats and fishing boats have moved in. There is thus little room for visiting yachts and this will probably continue to be the case even when the harbour eventually re-opens.

Other visiting yachts report that the pier is infested with cockroaches, and extremely dusty due to construction lorries.--Summercruise 09:11, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Fri harbour, Kasos

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Chart of Khelatroras Bay

Khelatroras Bay

Khelatroras Bay/wiki/Kasos#Khelatroras_Bay
Anchorage icon Khelatroras Bay [[Kasos#Khelatroras Bay|Khelatroras Bay]] 35°20.6′N, 26°52.4′E
This is a deserted bay at the S end of Kasos that offers good shelter from the meltemi. Anchor in 4-8 m at the head of the bay. The bottom is sand and provides excellent holding. There are some gusts down the hills.

Amenities

Facilities
Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Trash cans in the harbors
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas Give details on cooking gas (Camping Gaz, butane, propane, etc) suppliers. If there are no suppliers in the island just enter "None".
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Limited supplies.

Eating out

There is a restaurant.
Orea Bouka/wiki/Kasos#Orea_BoukaEatingout icon Orea Bouka [[Kasos#Orea Bouka|Orea Bouka]] overlooking the harbor.
Kassos/wiki/Kasos#KassosEatingout icon Kassos [[Kasos#Kassos|Kassos]] next to the town hall.

Transportation

There are, in the summer, five flights a week to Rhodes and Karpathos as well as several ferries to Athens and other islands.

Tourism

History

Kasos was well known in antiquity and was mentioned by Homer as a participant of the war on Troy. During the 18th century it reached its peak with a considerable merchant (pirate ?) fleet. It participated in the Greek revolution and was almost totally destroyed by the invading Egyptian fleet in 1824. It has never recovered from that calamity referred to still today as the holocaust.

Places to Visit

Other than Fri, the capital of the island, one can visit Póli, the island's acropolis, with the ruins of a castle and Halloekomána near Ammoúa. At Halloekomána there is a cave with stalactites and signs of ancient worship (Mycenian and Hellenistic).

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 & Publications

See Greece.

Comments

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