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Saranda is a popular holiday destination for both Albanians and foreign tourists who come to visit the Roman ruins of Butrint. The town is developing fast and feedback from cruisers in 2016 has been very positive. Prices are very economical.

Position 39°52′16″N, 20°0′19″E.

Clearance

See Albania Formalities for detailed Clearance Information.

This is Albania's southernmost port and a convenient place to clear in by boats coming from the south. Visitors are very welcome here.

Call the Port Captain on VHF 11 or VHF 16 on arrival. They will direct you to a berth, if available, on the new ferry dock. Alternatively boats can anchor off and dinghy in for clearance.

Note that the new ferry dock is very rough and if there is any surge entering the harbour can be rather unpleasant to tie alongside.

Officials normally board the boat for clearance.

Use of an agent is necessary (see Clearance Agents) and if advised of your ETA and crew details, can arrange the necessary shore passes. These are all that are required as crew of a boat. It is likely the agent will be on the dock to meet you when you arrive. The agent's fee will include clearance costs and port fees.

Last updated July 2017.

Docking

The port gives good shelter in most weather, but it is open to the south and can be very exposed to swell. Plans to extend the breakwater should make this port more sheltered.

Anchor in the northern part of the bay, in sand, or where directed by the authorities. It is advisable not to leave the boat unattended whilst at anchor as children might swim out from the beach and climb aboard.

It is also possible to berth at the new ferry quay near the Port Authority and your agent can help arrange this. Note however that if winds are from the SW and the swell is bad, anchoring is preferable. The dock has recently been rebuilt, is in good shape and is very clean, however it is rough concrete and may cause concern if the boat is moving around too much. Moor bow or stern-to using your own anchor, or you may be able to go alongside. The depth at the dock is 4-6m. Limited electricity posts on the dock (240V) and limited water. There are toilets in the port building.

Security is good (24 hrs) and the ferry dock is close to everything. This would be a possible place to leave the boat if planning to travel inland.

See comments below for the latest costs charged here.

Last updated August 2017.

Sailors for Sustainability
Sailors for Sustainability says:
Sep 01, 2017 09:47 AM

We sailed from Corfu to Saranda and spent two nights. We used Jelja and her husband as agent (details in the agency section of noonsite), who were very friendly and helpful. After announcing our arrival at Port Control on VHF channel 11, they identified a berth for us. Some of the births are alongside, but we had to go stern-to with the anchor out. No problems. Jelja took care of the formalities, there was water and electricity. There are toilets in the port building. Cost: Euro 40 for the agent and Eur 13 per night for the port. The nights were calm and we could leave and enter the port without problems. You can visit Butrint by bus, highly recommended. Change some Euros to Lek close to the port to pay for bus fare (100 lek) and entry to Butrint (500 lek). We notified Jelja of our intention to depart and she got the papers ready for our next port. Note that it is also possible to anchor in the bay.

sstapleton
sstapleton says:
Jul 23, 2017 08:07 AM

We just left Saranda after a very pleasant stay, and can't recommend Jelja at Saranda Summer Tours highly enough. She is professional, knowledgeable and economical. It would absolutely be a blunder not to use her services when checking in and out. This visit we anchored out and completed all formalities by coming to shore in the dinghy. No problem, and much nicer than being bashed up against the rough concrete dock by the ferry wakes and the surge. We actually forgot to call the Harbor Master when we came in - just sailed in and dropped the anchor - and there were no problems about that...

swest
swest says:
May 06, 2017 02:50 PM

What a lovely bay after coming from Vlore. We decided to stay an extra day after speaking to jelja (agent). We hired a car and enjoyed sight seeing and ruins, highly recommended. Agents extremely helpful. Paid 53 Euros for the first night and 13 Euros the second night. Many restaurants etc. Please stay and enjoy.
Suezette "Q"

mlaskow
mlaskow says:
Jul 15, 2016 01:49 PM

**** out of possible 5 (just for lack of facilities like shower, toilets or laundry)
Date: 2016-07-15
Captain: Maciej Laskowski, Road Harbour (30)

Before getting to Saranda contact Saranda Summer Tours (info@sarandasummertours.com Address: Saranda Summer Tours, Lagja Nr 4, Rruga "Mitat Hoxha", Porti, Sarande, Albania Phone: +355 69 485 9383, Tel / Fax: 00355 852 26768). The nicest and the most hospitable couple that own the place will help you out with all immigration/custom clearance. They will make arrangements for your boat to moor at the ferry harbor. Be prepared for a Mediterranean mooring using your own anchor and lines. Go either bow or stern in. Somebody from SST will be on the dock to assist you with lines. That counts a lot!There's 240V electricity on the dock (some extensions and socket multipliers may be need as there are only two electric pylons there) and limited water (you may need to ask SST to get water turned on when you needed it). Also they will assist you with all information and help needed to visit the town or make any side trips. (I personally recommend the Blue Eye water source!)On the shore, close by, a number of nice restaurants serving variety of foods. Look up the tripadvisor.com for recommendations. A produce farmer market very close to the dock. Just go up from the marina gate and turn right. Also a nice bakery very close by.The current price for Saranda Summer Tours service is €50 for the first day, which include clearing in and out upon the departure and a day of docking fees). Every next day at the marine is € 15.
(Visited July 2016)

sailingmaria
sailingmaria says:
May 12, 2016 08:46 AM

I am a sailor from Italy. I have heard about Albania very often from my friends who had been there and I was really curious to visit it.
So, we left Bari on 10 April 2016 and sailed to Corfu where we stayed for 2 nights. We had been there a couple of times before that's why our visit was short.
After that we decided to stop in Saranda, which is the closest port to Corfu. We got contact with an agent there. Her name is Jelja Serani and she promised she would arrange everything for us. Jelja and her staff were waiting for us on the dock. They helped us to moor and prepared paperwork. They also gave us a map of the town marked with all the interesting sites and good traditional restaurants of the town. We were surprised when they offered us a delicious local dish on the boat.
The next day we visited the Roman ruins and the Blue Eye.
In the evening Jelja took us to a very nice restaurant outside the town named "Karahaxh" where we ate paidaqe. After two days we left Saranda with the best impressions and a promise to come back again.

GerisonMurphy
GerisonMurphy says:
Sep 08, 2015 02:55 PM

A friend who had been in Saranda gave us Jelja Serani email info@sarandasummertours.com. She helped us for everything we needed. We stayed two days in Saranda beautiful city good food. We visited Butrint and Blue eye. Thanks Jelja

S.thompson
S.thompson says:
Aug 24, 2015 12:49 PM

3 August 2015. Second time in Saranda, Albania. Really glad to be back and this time with my family. I contacted again my port agent, Jelja Serani, who was very kind and helpful the first time we came to Saranda. She organized a tour for us to Gjirokastra town and Blue Eye Spring. We had a lovely time. I recommend Jelja as an agent to all the sailors who plan to visit Albania. She will arrange everything for you. Contact her on +355694859383 or email info@sarandasummertours.com or send her a massage directly from her website www.sarandasummertours.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 30, 2015 01:50 PM

Posted on behalf of Tony Olin:
We left Corfu for the Albania port of Sarande, emailed agent Agim Zholi, agimzholi@yahoo.com, a very helpful fellow who will have everything organised for you on arrival, cost including four nights mooring €100. Tie up on the new ferry dock, 24/7 security close to everything. Definitely worth a visit if in this area, The Blue Eye and the Amphitheatre of Butrint are a must-do. Electricity and water available, eat and drink well for cheap, great internet from local phone shop, €14 for 10mb.

SailingSimon
SailingSimon says:
May 18, 2015 08:26 AM

They usually take 50 euros for small boats up to 12 meters long this includes the harbour dues check in, check out and agency fee for 1 day. For the days that follow there is a calculation based on linear metres and the position of berth. So, if stern-to 3 x width + 4 euros. If, alongside 3 x length + 4 euros. These are the prices used for small boats for bigger ones, the agency fee and harbour dues are of higher.
There are some grocery shops and fresh fruit and veg markets within walking distance of the port. There are several good restaurants close to the port and further around the bay, including bars. It was fairly cheap shopping and eating out. About half the cost of Corfu - cheap !!
I'm not sure about boating repairs and chandlers. There may be but I didn't see any.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
May 17, 2015 10:02 AM

Contact for Saranda Summer Tours & Sailing is info@sarandasummertours.com
See www.noonsite.com/Countries/Albania?rc=Formalities#ClearanceAgents for more information.

SailingSimon
SailingSimon says:
May 16, 2015 07:53 AM

I have been to Albania 4 times over the last 2 years and discovered a very helpful lady that helps with all sailing issues, tours and just about anything. She helps with my sailing plans, told me the good shops and restaurants in Saranda and organised a couple of tours for me and my subsequent guests on following trips. She helped make all my trips to Saranda and onwards through Albania extremely pleasant.
Her name is Jelja Serani and she works for Saranda Sailing and Summer Tours. I contacted her via http://l.facebook.com/l/dAQFPF7rVAQEDT3nRVTcP5a6MBYkIQRXEiwGhS0YYYDzYfg/www.sarandasummertours.com

Archie Archibald
Archie Archibald says:
Dec 23, 2013 12:57 PM

August 2013. We used Agim Zholi as our agent (Office phone & fax +35585225075, Mobile phone +355692566576). Very good experience. He is to be recommended. SMS him a day before you intend arriving with boat details and he will arrange everything. We paid him €30 for agent fees and €20 for 2 nights mooring at quay.

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