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Welcome

Dodecanese Islands, an intrepid island discovery

Off the Beaten Track

Outside the main centres of Kos and Rhodes, you'll discover an altogether less touristy experience with sparsely populated islands.

Short-hop Island Sailing

The Dodecanese are a diverse group of 12 main islands, a further 3 minor islands and 150 islets. All add character and interest to this remarkable area.

Authentic Greek Experience

The Dodecanese offer an authentic Greek experience with small authentic villages and many locals living the way they have for centuries.

Variable Sailing Conditions

Conditions depend on the time of year you sail. Expect challenging sailing winds during peak season and lighter conditions early and late season.

Description

What you'll love about the Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese are a diverse group of 12 main islands and numerous small islets, nestled along the Turkish coast in the south-eastern Aegean.

Sailing here offers the opportunity to  enjoy the liveliness of Kos and Rhodes and then the greater thrill of sailing away to enjoy the peaceful, unspoilt and diverse outer islands.  It is with these smaller islands that you’ll fall in love, enjoy their sandy beaches, warm waters, rich history,  enchanting character, traditional tavernas, Venetian architecture, Byzantine churches and medieval castles.

North of Kos,  the islands that include Kalymnos, Pserimos, Lipsi and Patmos are generally laid out north to south, the same as the prevailing wind. This should be noted, particularly if the winds are blowing strongly as they tend to do so during mid and peak season. The islands between Kos and Rhodes, which include Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki and the wonderful Symi are more lateral to the wind, which makes for easier sailing.

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What you'll love about the Dodecanese Islands

SAILING ITINERARIES

Dodecanese Islands Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Kos Sailing Itinerary

Day 1 - Kos Marina

Kos is the third largest island in the group, and the second most popular, after Rhodes. Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. The marina is purposed built and shouldn't be confused with the ferry port which is a few minutes north of the marina.

Day 2 - Vathi (Kalymnos Island)

Vathi is located in the middle of a mountainous site with the settlement stretching up the slopes of two hills. The surrounding area has a relatively arid feel about it with vegitation being sparse. The picturesque port is filled with local fishing boats and a few day trip boats which serve some of the popular tourist destinations in the area. There are a few tavernas and shops scattered around the village.

Day 3 - Agia Marina (Leros Island)

Agia Marina is one of the main towns on Leros and combined with Panteli and Platanos form the capital of Leros. The harbour is especially picturesque with many traditional houses and even some mansions extending up the hillside. Right at the entrance to the harbour is the Byzantine fortress of Bourtzi, you will also find a castle which is built at the top of the hill offering fantastic panoramic views.

Day 4 - Mikro Chorio (Agathonisi island)

Agathonisi island is the most nothern island in the Dodecanese area, The surface is rocky but does have some wild bushes and olive trees. Fresh water is scarce and is collected by wells and a boat which brings containers over for the locals. The island was regularily attacked by pirates and so the main settlement (Megalo Chorio) was built so it isn't visible from the sea. As you would expect provisions and tavernas are scarce but you will find a few in the main villages.

Day 5 - Arki (Arkoi Island)

Arki and its neighbour Marathi are around eight kilometeres from the coast of Patmos. Day boats from Patmos are the main source of tourism of the islands. The main bay offers good protection from strong winds and is a popular place to shelter for yachtsmen. You'll find one of two tavernas offering fresh fish that have been caught by the locals the night before.

Day 6 - Telendos (Katafigio Agrias)

Telendos rises across the north western coast of Kalymnos and is opposite the village of Myrties. Tolendos was part of Kalymnos until a massive earthquake in 535 AD seperated it from the rest of the island. Tolendos has only around 50 inhabitants and they are all situated around the small fishing settlement. The port is busy with fishing boats who sell their catch onto the nearby tavernas. Regular ferries run between Telendos and Kalymnos taking about 10 minutes to cross the 700 meter wide channel.

Day 7 - Kos Town (Kos Island)

If you haven't already been into the centre of Kos Town we would strongly recommend it. The imposing Castle of the Knights of Saint John, on the eastern side of the harbour, is well worth a visit. Alternatively the centre of the town is home to a huge range of restaurants, tavernas, cafes and shops. Those of you looking for a big last evening will find a wide range of bars and nightclubs to choose from.

1 Week- Rhodes Sailing Itinerary

Day 1 - Rhodes Marina

The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is abundant in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you seek the buzz of nightlife and beaches, diving in crystal-clear water or a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, it’s all here. The atmospheric and UNESCO listed old town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets spiriting you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.

Day 2 - Ano Symi (Symi Island)

Symi is another quiet relaxing island which provides a chance to explore the natural paths, and fatastic landscapes this region of Greece has to offer. In Ano Symi you'll find a couple of bars and tavernas offering delicious traditional meals. We'd also recommend that ou sample some of the local wine.

Day 3 - Mandraki (Nisiros Island)

Mandraki is the main port of Nisiros and is one of the biggest settlements on the island. Its lovely traditional layout and whitewashed houses give it a very characteristic Greek feel. Around the village you'll find a variety of historical sites including the Paleokastro, an old fortress and an the remains of an ancient city which dates back to the 4th century BC. Alongside all of the historical sites you'll find a wide choice of tavernas and lively bars.

Day 4 - Kos Town (Kos Island)

Kos is the third largest island in the group, and the second most popular, after Rhodes. Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. The marina is purposed built and shouldn't be confused with the ferry port which is a few minutes north of the marina.

Day 5 - Livadia (Tilos Island)

Livadia is a beautiful little settlement with 300 inhabitants most of whom are involved with farming and tourism. The port is located seven kilometers south east of Megalo Chorio which is the capital of the island. The locals are very religious which is enforced by the number of churches surrounding the village. If you feel like being more adventurous you will be able to track down ruins of ancient castles dotted around.

Day 6 - Chalki (Halki Island)

Chalki has avoided a great deal of development through tourism and so is perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. There are a number of fantastic beaches, some of which are totally secluded. The only town is a beautiful little place that surrounds the port. The beach promenade is lined with a variety of cafes and tavernas which should cater for most tastes.

Day 7 - Rhodes Town (Rhodes Island)

If you didn't get a chance on your first night we strongly recommend you take the time to explore the city of Rhodes. This stunning place is divided into two parts, the 'old city' and the 'new city'. The old city is surrounded by huge walls and is ones of the biggest and best preserved medieval settlements in Europe. Some of the highlights include the Palace of the Grand Master, the hospital of the knights and the inns used by the knights are all well worth a visit. If that isn't you cup of tea then the new city has a massive choice of lively bars and renowned night clubs.

2 Week - Whole Dodecanese

Day 1 - Kos Marina

Kos is the third largest island in the group, and the second most popular, after Rhodes. Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. The marina is purposed built and shouldn't be confused with the ferry port which is a few minutes north of the marina.

Day 2 - Kalymnos (Kalymnos Island)

Kaylymnos distinguishes itself from other islands thanks to its picturesque architecture, long tradition of sponge diving and the impressive rocks. Over the last few years rock climbing has become very popular here and many people travel to the island specifically for climbing holidays. Kalymnos town is the largest settlement on the island and it a beautiful little town. With brightly coloured walls, doors, shutters and balconies the streets are fantastic to wonder around.

Day 3 - Lakki (Leros Island)

Lakki is the main port of Leros and also happens to be one of the largest in the Mediterranean, but don't let that put you off. Alongside the facilities you will find beautiful neoclassical buildings, white washed houses and wide pine tree lined streets. An impressive war museum is located close to the port and there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

Day 4 - Skala (Patmos Island)

Skala is the focal point of Patmos island acting as the main port and town. The charming settlement is built around the port and grew rapidly in the 19th century when a large number of wealthy families settled on the island. We'd recommend you explore the ruins of an ancient acropolis and the Church of Agia Paraskevi.

Day 5 - Fourni (Fournoi Island)

Fournoi island is part of a group of islands made up of three larger ones (Fournoi, Thymena and Agios Minas) and ten small rocky islands. Fournoi is the largest in the group and Fourni town is the largest settlement on the island. It's a beautiful little fishing town, with paved streets and narrow alleways offering people the chance to really explore. There are very few cars on the island so your main mode of transport will be on foot. A local speciality is thyme honey and cheese which we'd recommend you try.

Day 6 - Lipsi (Leipsoi Island)

Lipsi is one of the smaller islands in the Dodecanese. Tourism hasn't really touched this island giving it a very authentic Greek feel. There is a ferry which brings people from nearby Leros but it remains a very quiet and relaxing island. You'll find beautiful beaches with crystal clear water dotted around the coast. The small village of Lipsi does have a few shops and tavernas but we don't recommend going there to stock up.

Day 7 - Levitha Island

Levitha island is situated on the western side of the Dodecanese island group and is completely deserted. On the southern side of the island is a large inlet that spreads both east and west. The western side of the inlet offers good protection from the prevailing wind and is a fantastic place to spend a night at anchor away from it all. Don't forget that there are no tavernas and no shops so you'll need food for the evening.

Day 8 - Astipalea (Astypalaia Island)

Astipalea is the main village on the island. The buildings stretch up the hillside from the port with the crowning glory being an old Venetian castle which is the most famous attraction on the island. The architecture on the island has strong Cycladic influences with white washed houses scattered around the town. Along the top of the hill nine windmills follow the curve giving the island a very tradtional charm.

Day 9 - Pali (Nisiros Island)

Pali is a picturesque fishing village and one of the oldest settlements on the island. The village is built around a large natural bay with a beach close by. A number of therapeutic baths are dotted around the town, although we can vouch for their effectiveness. Another cove called Lies is southeast of the village and is home to some fantastic sand dunes.

Day 10 - Livadia (Tilos Island)

Livadia is a beautiful little settlement with 300 inhabitants most of whom are involved with farming and tourism. The port is located seven kilometers south east of Megalo Chorio which is the capital of the island. The locals are very religious which is enforced by the number of churches surrounding the village. If you feel like being more adventurous you will be able to track down ruins of ancient castles dotted around.

Day 11 - Chalki (Halki Island)

Chalki has avoided a great deal of development through tourism and so is perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. There are a number of fantastic beaches, some of which are totally secluded. The only town is a beautiful little place that surrounds the port. The beach promenade is lined with a variety of cafes and tavernas which should cater for most tastes.

Day 12 - Rhodes Town (Rhodes Island)

The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is abundant in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you seek the buzz of nightlife and beaches, diving in crystal-clear water or a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, it’s all here. The atmospheric and UNESCO listed old town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets spiriting you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.

Day 13 - Ano Symi (Symi Island)

Symi is another quiet relaxing island which provides a chance to explore the natural paths, and fatastic landscapes this region of Greece has to offer. In Ano Symi you'll find a couple of bars and tavernas offering delicious traditional meals. We'd also recommend that you sample some of the local wine.

Day 14 - Kos Town (Kos Island)

If you haven't already been into the centre of Kos Town we would strongly recommend it. The imposing Castle of the Knights of Saint John, on the eastern side of the harbour, is well worth a visit. Alternatively the centre of the town is home to a huge range of restaurants, tavernas, cafes and shops. Those of you looking for a big last evening will find a wide range of bars and nightclubs to choose from.

Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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More Advice

Helpful hints

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Wind and Weather Conditions

The Dodecanese Islands are subject to more wind than the Ionian and Saronic Islands. The Meltemi is a strong northerly wind that begins to blow in June and then ‘powers up’ in late July to early September, consistently reaching Force 6 (strong winds) and with Force 7 (near gale) winds not unheard of. Look out for stronger gusts on the leeward side of islands as well. The weather in the Dodecanese is some of the hottest and driest in Greece. This means early and late season is the ideal time to go, when the winds are at their most manageable. This area is a fanastic place to sail and during this time expect temperatures in the mid-20s, while during the peak months of July and August it heats up to the mid-30s

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How to Get Here

There are flights to both Kos and Rhodes throughout the summer from several airports around the United Kingdom. To Kos you can fly direct on Saturdays from London Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow and Manchester. To Rhodes, Saturday flights are far more prevalent, with direct flights from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, East Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Birmingham.

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Our Bases

We have two bases in the Dodecanese, located in the eponymous towns of the two primary islands of the group; Kos and Rhodes. Flights to these islands are prevalent from around the UK and Europe. Transfer times are short, just 25 minutes to Kos Town and 20 minutes to Rhodes town from their respective airports.

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Mooring Fees

There are little to no mooring fees in the Dodecanese Islands, apart for Kos and Rhodes, though only if these bases are not your home base. If they are your home base, you will not have to pay mooring fees.

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Sailing Qualifications

To charter bareboat in Greece you are required to have a valid sailing qualification issued by a recognised authority (e.g. RYA, ASA, IYT, USSA). This qualification should not have any restriction on daylight hours or distance sailing from shore. If you have an RYA Day Skipper certificate or similar, for example, you should also obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is accepted. RYA Yacht Master is, of course, accepted.

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Money and Currency

The currency in Greece is the Euro. There are plenty of cash machines and bureau de change on the islands so withdrawing money and changing alternative currencies is possible. We recommend you arrive with some local currency to cover the first couple of days of your holiday. Cards are accepted in supermarkets but most tavernas and tourist shops tend to prefer cash.

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Language

The national language of Greece is Greek! However, English is widely spoken and understood throughout, especially within the service industry, including taverna staff and taxi drivers. All Seamaster partners and crew speak English proficiently.

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