Kioni

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Kioni
38°26.845'N, 020°41.668'E Chart icon.png
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Kioni from W
Kioni harbour from the S

The village and harbour of Kioni lie on the NE coast of the island of Ithaca in the Ionian Sea of Greece, a mile S of the tiny harbour of Frikes and four miles N of the island’s main harbour of Vathi. The harbour is very popular with visiting yachts and flotillas and its quay is often packed to bursting by mid-afternoon in the season. The village itself is most attractive, tucked into a wooded cleft at the foot of a deep valley and partially protected from E by a rocky promontory lined with ruined windmills. Shelter in the harbour is good in the prevailing W/NW winds – although there are gusts down into the bay – but poor in strong easterly winds, when a yacht is better heading for Vathi.

Charts

BA
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NIMA
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Greek
2 Ionio Pelagos
30 Kefalonia, Ithaki


Weather

Passages

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

There are no hazards in the approach to Kioni. The inlet can be identified from sea by the row of three ruined windmills on the headland at the S end of the bay. With the afternoon seabreezes, there can sometimes be strong gusts when entering the bay. The yacht quay lies at the top of the inlet, behind a stubby breakwater with a starboard marker on it extending from the N shore. Depths in the entrance are 10 - 12 metres and along the quay around 2.0 – 2.25 metres (although 4.0 – 5.0 metres where your keel will lie).

Entrance

Vathi is the nearest port of entry. See relevant port page for details.

Berthing

There three main berthing options in Kioni, depending on a yacht’s draft and time oif arrival:

Yacht Quay

Kioni yacht quay from W
Yachts on Kioni quay

The main yacht quay extends along the N side of the harbour and can accommodate 20 - 25 yachts on anchor moor back to the quay here in depths ranging from 2.0 – 2.25 metres along its length (although 4.0 – 5.0 metres where your keel will lie). The holding is moderate in soft mud and weed and it can sometimes require two or three attempts to make sure it is holding. Shelter on the quay is good from the prevailing NW winds but the quay is exposed to any strong winds from E or SE might well become untenable if they are very strong. Mooring is to iron staples plus a few concrete bollards. The innermost part of this quay is shallow and in any case occupied by fishing boat moorings.

Breakwater

Sign on inside of Kioni breakwater

If arriving after 1600 (see photo of sign), a couple of yachts can lie alongside the inside of the breakwater, where the depths range from 2.25 at the root to 6.0 metres at the outer end. Mooring is to iron staples and/or concrete bollards. Shelter here is better in E winds, but would probably still be untenable if they were very strong.

W Quay

Anchor & moored on W quay - Click for larger view

There is room for some 6 – 8 yachts to moor stern or bows-to the shallow quay on the W side of the harbour and this is often the only option for a yacht arriving late. Depths are too shallow to go close in (less than a metre), so yachts need to drop anchor in 6.0 – 7.0 metres and take long lines ashore. There are iron staples on the quay and stainless steel mooring rings in the rocks.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

In settled weather, it is possible to anchor with a line ashore in any of the small coves along the S shore of the bay. Depths in the coves are mostly 6.0 – 10.0 metres and the holding is mostly good in sand and weed. They are all, however, exposed in strong northerly winds.

Amenities

Facilities
Water On the main yacht quay, via a long hose (0900 – 1300). A charge is made
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins behind the quay
Supplies
Fuel Fuel can be delivered by road tanker from the nearest garage. There nearest fuel quay is in Vathi
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet From several cafes and tavernas on the waterfront
Mobile connectivity Good 3G signal
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

Minimarket at SW corner of harbour.

Eating out

Numerous tavernas and cafes along the main waterfront – some quite sophisticated.

Transportation

Tourism

Kioni is most picturesque, set at the head of a natural rocky cleft and surrounded by pine, olive and cypress trees. There is a pleasant walk along the road to the S of the inlet out to the ruined windmills. A swimming ladder has been installed at the root of the breakwater, which makes this a convenient spot for cooling off in the summer.

Communal ovens, Kioni - Click for larger view

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 Ionian Sea.

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