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Port of Entry
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Kusadasi from the north

Kuşadasi is a major passenger port and yacht marina on the Aegean coast of Turkey, 22 miles ENE of the Greek island of Samos. The town has a long history, being believed to be at the site of ancient Neapolis. During the Byzantine era it was called Ania. It was taken by the Venetians and the Genoese who named it Scala Nuova. Later, it was predominately populated by Greeks who called it Nea Ephesos (New Ephesus). Today it is a booming town, a major tourist area, complete with high-rise hotels. It is a popular stop for cruise ships, which disgorge hundreds of tourists into buses to visit two very important ancient sites Ephesus and Didyma which are only a few kilometers away.

The marina in Kusadasi was one of the first to be established in Turkey and is much frequented by cruising yachts travelling along the Turkish coast between the harbours of Didyma to the south and Sigacik to the north. It is also just 15 miles from Samos if clearing out from Greece into Turkey or vice versa. The marina can sometimes be full during July and August and it is wise to make a reservation if visiting during those months, especially since there are no good anchorages nearby. Shelter in the marina is excellent, since the bay of Kusadasi rarely experiences strong winds, even when a full gale is blowing in Central Aegean and Samos Sea.


1546 Samos Strait to Güllük Körfezi
G32 Eastern Sporades, Dodecanese & the Coast of Turkey
54389 Fener Adasi to Samos Strait
2231 C) Kuşadası
422 Naxos to Samos & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor


See Turkey.





Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


When approaching Kusadasi from the south or west (e.g. having passed through the Straits of Samos), a yacht should be sure to pass well offshore of the headlands of Karga Burnu and Yalanci Burnu to the S of Kusadasi, both of which have reefs extending some distance offshore. A new W cardinal buoy is now in position off Yalanci Burnu, about one mile SW of Bird Island (the conspicuous island with a small castle on it on the S side of Kusadasi harbour) --Athene of Lymington 14:21, 30 April 2011 (BST).

A course 100 metres W of this buoy will clear all the dangers. Note, however, that there is a further shoal patch around 200 metres due N of the Yalanci Burnu buoy where depths shoal to around 5-6 metres. This is now marked with a isolated danger mark (black/red/black with two black ball topmarks)and a yacht can pass safely 50 metres on either side. Finally, a further dangerous reef near the root of the marina breakwater is marked with another W cardinal mark.


Kusadasi is a port of entry into Turkey. The marina staff, for a well deserved consideration, will handle all formalities.


Yachts are not allowed in the main harbor but should go to the marina.

Kuşadasi Harbor

Kuşadasi Harbor/wiki/Kusadasi#Ku.C5.9Fadasi_Harbor
Harbour icon Kuşadasi Harbor [[Kusadasi#Kuşadasi Harbor|Kuşadasi Harbor]] 37°52′N, 27°15′E
The harbor, and downtown, is 20 minutes from the marina. It is used by cruise ships, fishing boats, and gulets. Yachts are not allowed.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Note: June 2012. This large marina has some space for visiting boats. There is some building work as they are renovating old buildings and building new, but a good place to stop for provisioning (Migros supermarket next door), laundry and visiting Ephesus. --Vigdis


The coast here is wide open to the west, and thus receives all the waves from the meltemi further out to sea, which often bends around into a westerly onshore wind (though usually much lighter than the full meltemi that hits Samos. This makes it hard to find any anchorage nearby. Two options, both at a bit of a distance, present themselves:

Satellite View of Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo

Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo

Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo/wiki/Kusadasi#Port_Saint_Paul_.26_Saint_Nikolo
Anchorage icon Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo [[Kusadasi#Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo|Port Saint Paul & Saint Nikolo]] 37°39′N, 27°0.6′E
These two uninhabited coves are very close (2-3 nM SE) to the Mykale Channel between Turkey and Samos. Of the two, Port Saint Nikolo is a better shelter.


Anchorage icon Ahmetbayli [[Kusadasi#Ahmetbayli|Ahmetbayli]] 37°59.3′N, 27°11.1′E
About 5nm NW of Kusadasi, this is a short beach with a bar and campground ashore. It seems to be a popular holiday destination, full of swimmers in the daytime, and loud music at night. Nevertheless, it does provide shelter from the Northerly meltemi, and the waves from the west. Open to the south. Approach as close to the shore as you can. The weed bottom will give way to sand at about 5m depth. The sand, however, is hard and may take several attempts to get your anchor to penetrate. --LifePart2 07:41, 14 July 2013 (BST)


Water At the marina
Electricity At the marina
Toilets At the marina
Showers At the marina
Laundry Excellent laundry service at the Kusadasi Marina
Garbage There are bins around the harbor and in the marina
Fuel At the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers There is a chandlery at the marina
Repairs The marina does major repairs
Internet In internet cafés and at the marina
Mobile connectivity Strong 4G signal}
Vehicle rentals Several agencies in town


There are daily ferries to Samos and buses to cities in Turkey.


There is a large Migros supermarket in the marina and other general/food stores along the road outside.

Eating out

  • Numerous restaurants in the marina and along the main road into town
  • Bebop Cafe in the marina is excellent
  • Outside, on the road into town, the Mezgit has a deservedly good reputation
  • The restaurant of the Paloma Rina Otel is very good and has wonderful views over the marina and bay of Kusadasi
  • For Ottoman specialities, the Ayhan Usta overlooking the marina on the east side is a good value choice
  • Several upscale restaurants in Sirince


Places to Visit


Ephesus is a major and very impressive archaeological site. The city was at one time the second most important in the Roman Empire, after Rome itself, with a population of around 250,000. Its Temple of Artemis (Diana of the Ephesians), now in ruins, was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The site of Ephesus is located about 1/2 hour drive from Kusadasi near Selcuk and is a "must see." It is best to visit early in the morning because in the middle of the day it is extremely hot. Allow several hours for the visit.

Sirince is renowned for its fruit wines

Sirince is an picturesque former Greek village about 12 km from Ephesus. There many nice restaurants here. The town is famous for its fruit wines.

Temple of Apollo, Didyma
Relief of Medusa, Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo in Didyma is one of the most impressive ancient temples because of its sheer size and state of preservation. So ambitious was its plan (it would have been the ancient world's largest temple) that it was never completed. The temple and its sacred underground spring were the site of a 6th century BC oracle that rivalled Delphi in importance.


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See Turkey.


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