GPS: 38°26’57.7″N 20°41’24.6″E / 38.449346, 20.690173
This little harbour is about 4NM South of Frikes in another deep bay. It is subject to the same problems in strong southerlies. No water and limited provisions, but very charming.
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.
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).
There three main berthing options in Kioni, depending on a yacht’s draft and time oif arrival: Yacht Quay (can accommodate 20 – 25 yachts on anchor moor back) , Breakwater, W Quay ( 6 – 8 yachts).
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.
Ferries to Vathi