Esenköy, Çınarcık – Yalova – Turkey
GPS : 40°32’03.1″N 28°46’53.9″E / 40.534189, 28.781632
Focal Plane : 77 m ( 252 ft ), Tower Height : 9 m ( 30 ft )
Character : W. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0,5 + 4,5 (white flash every 5 second)
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles
Fog Siren : 2 blasts every 30 second
GPS : 40°37’01.3″N 28°57’10.8″E / 40.617032, 28.952992
VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” esenkoy harbour ”
Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°37’01.9″N 28°57’08.1″E / 40.617202, 28.952259
Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°37’03.7″N 28°57’14.1″E / 40.617688, 28.953922
Esenköy is a town in the district of Çınarcık, in the province of Yalova. The main livelihood source are olives and fishing. The Esenköy town with residents, restaurants, supermarket, port, etc. Located 5 km away and are also close to hot springs with salutary effect, a waterfall and picturesque fishing villages.
Esenköy (also known as Katırlı) is a small harbour on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara. Situated 10 miles NE of the cape of Bozburun Burnu at the end of the peninsula of the same name, it lies 15 miles SW of the Princes Islands and 38 miles S of Istanbul. An up and coming resort town, the harbour welcomes visiting yachts and offers the option of alongside berthing or anchor mooring in excellent shelter from the prevailing N/NE winds. During the summer it is a popular destination for yachts cruising down from Istanbul.
The town of Esenköy has an understated approach to tourism, with a man–made beach to the S of the harbour and a long chain of pide and köfte cafes stretching along the front. A stroll of a few hundred metres inland, however, takes you into another world, with a few remaining ramshackle old houses surrounded by farm allotments, cockerels scrabbling in the yards and small herds of (very pretty looking) cows grazing at the roadside.
The prevailing winds are N/NE. During settled periods, an afternoon sea breeze sets in from SW and a land breeze from NE during the night.
Approach and Navigation
Esenköy harbour is entered from SW. The long breakwater, oriented SW-NE, is clearly visible from distance. When approaching from S, be sure to avoid the dangerous above-water rock which lies 100 metres offshore some 250-300 metres S of the entrance. The rock has a short red-painted pole on top, but usually the cormorants drying their wings on it are more conspicuous. A course of not less than 065 degrees into the entrance takes you clear of the danger. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 – 7.0 metres and mostly between 3.0 and 3.5 metres along the quays.
Yachts berth where directed by Tomas, the extremely friendly and polyglot harbourmaster, who speaks some English, French and Italian. Usually there is room for 3 – 4 yachts alongside on the western quay (along the breakwater) and a further 6 – 8 on anchor moor on the northern quay. The central section of the northern quay is used by a regular passenger ferry and must be left clear.
Depths on the western quay range from 3.25 metres at the inner end to 4 metres at the outer end. On the northern quay, yachts generally anchor moor west of the ferry berth, where depths are mostly just over 3 metres (although there is only 2.5 metres in the NW corner). East of the ferry berth, depths gradually shelve from 2 metres to only 1.5 metres in the NE corner and this section is only suitable for shallow draught yachts.
Nearest alternative safe harbours are the commercial harbour of Çınarcık 5-6 miles E or the new Setur marina at Yalova, 15 miles E.
Offshore Islands and Groups
Princes Islands, 15 miles to NE
Capacity : 110 Boats
Outer Breakwater : 540 m
Inner breakwater : 70 m
Administration : Esenköy Fishery Products Cooperative
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Rental Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries.
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet,Wi-Fi
Health : Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses,Dentists
Hair dresser : Town center
Laundry : Town center
Bank : Town center
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars
Beach : Sandy beaches
Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MARMARA SEA
Esenköy – Yalova 32 km, Çınarcık 19 km, Armutlu 19 km
Minibus : Esenköy – Yalova, Çınarcık, Armutlu
Bus : Çınarcık – Yalova
Seabus : Esenköy – Yenikapı (İstanbul), Bostancı (İstanbul)
Airport : Bursa Yenişehir Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport