Kefken, Kandıra – Kocaeli – Turkey

GPS : 41°10’13.0″N 30°13’20.0″E / 41.170278, 30.222222

Kovanağzı Lighthouse
GPS : 41°10’42.9″N 30°13’37.8″E / 41.178576, 30.227152
Focal Plane : 6 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : G. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1,0 + 4,0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Kefken Island Lighthouse
GPS : 41°12’58.6″N 30°15’29.3″E / 41.216288, 30.258138
Focal Plane : 24 m ( 79 ft ), Tower Height : 10 m ( 33 ft )
Character : W. Fl. (3) 15.0 Second (three white flashes every 15 second), Flashing Character : 2(1.0+1.5)+1.0+9.0
Visibility Range : 14 nautical miles

VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” kefken marina ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°10’11.4″N 30°13’20.9″E / 41.169844, 30.222468
Focal Plane : 8 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : R. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 2(1.0+1.5)+1.0+9.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°10’13.1″N 30°13’25.1″E / 41.170315, 30.223624
Focal Plane : 8 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : G. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1,0 + 4,0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

This is a small fishing harbour on the Northern Turkish Coast in the Black Sea, 30 Nm East of Şile. Kefken is a town in the Kandıra district of Kocaeli Province and 55 km away from İzmit. It is very popular holiday place and fishery. Kefken is the most advanced town among the coastal settlements of the district. Sea, beach and pine forests are the most important features. It has great qualities with its sea, beaches, and pine forests just like Kerpe.

Kefken Harbour lies on the Black Sea coast of Kocaeli. Fishing is quite improved in Kefken village which is a very ancient settlement unit. There is a fishing cooperative and also the Harbourmaster.

WARNING: Almost the entire area between Şile and Kefken is a Live Firing Practice area, and when active requires a significant detour as detailed on the charts. Check with the Coast Guard in Şile or call them on VHF Channel : 16.


Approach & Entrance
Approach from the W. The breakwaters will be seen in the approach. Enter on a course of 105º

Alongside on the S quay or stern to in the NW corner with a line taken ashore. Yachts are welcome here and can moor in the Southern part of the harbour directly alongside the concrete quay, if there is space, or to a fishing boat. Alternatively, there is space to anchor in approx. 3 – 4 m. Beware of the shallow water near the beach on the East side of the harbour and rocks in the SE corner.

Good protection except when wind and waves are from the NW.

Capacity : 150 Boats

Outer Breakwater : 90 m
Inner Breakwater : 20 m

Drinking Water : On the quay
Electricity : On the quay
Fuel : On the quay
Fishermen Cafe
Slipway for hauling out the fishing boats – which most likely can assist with common repairs.
Maintenance and Repairing

Administration : Harbourmaster, Kefken Fishery Products Cooperative

Shopping : Markets, Shops, Stores
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Pensions
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Health : Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses
Hair dresser
Beach : Kerpe, Kumcağız, Kovanağzı, Cebeci, Babalı, Dikili
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Tea Gardens
Local Market : Every Sunday

They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Kefken : Kerpe 8 km, Kandıra 20 km, İzmit 50 km, İstanbul 150 km.
Bus : Kandıra – İzmit, İstanbul
Minibus : Kefken – Kandıra, İzmit
Train : İzmit – İstanbul, Ankara
Fast Train : İzmit – İstanbul, Ankara
Airport : Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport

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Kefken, Kefken Mahallesi, 41600 Kandıra/Kocaeli, Turkey

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