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Situated on the Northern coast of Tunisia, Bizerte is its oldest city, but sadly rather run down and in need of some cosmetic work. It is defended from the sea by a double kasbah (fort) that is in perfect shape despite it being 400 years old (the original structure dates back to Byzantine times).

If on a Med passage Westwards and facing SW-NW winds having rounded Cape Bon, this port is a welcome haven which offers good shelter now that the marina has re-opened.

Bizerte is 45 minutes by fast motorway from Tunis airport.

A good report describing the approaches to this port can be found here.

Position: 37°16'31"N,  09°53'38"’E (harbour entrance)

Clearance

See Tunisia Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of Tunisia.

As a port of entry, there are Customs and Immigration offices on the main marina quay. Customs and Immigration officials however usually visit the yacht and are reported to be friendly and helpful. You may be asked for a "gift".

Contact officials the night before departure. Only Immigration will want to stamp your passports.

Cruisers report no charge for clearing in or out.

Last updated May 2017.

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Marina

The marina here was badly damaged in a storm in February 2006. Since then, a major redevelopment of the marina and surrounding area was undertaken, expanding the size of the marina and improving the services on offer.

Yachts must notify the marina prior to arrival. The entrance to the marina is marked with red and green lights at night – the green light on the head of N breakwater while the red light is on the head of Jetty 4. Keep clear of Jetty 4 (outer side) due to shallow waters (marked with orange buoys).

Anchoring

Anchoring off the marina here is not advisable in an onshore wind, as the long fetch between the breakwater and shore can create a large, dangerous swell.

Fishing Harbour

Yachts can also berth in the old fishing harbour outside the main entrance on the port hand side (alongside a fishing boat most likely). This is very sheltered. Fuel and water are available here through a local agent. It is possible to walk from here to the old town, albeit through some rather "unsavoury" neighbourhoods.

The Port Captain is very helpful and should be asked for advice on spare parts, repairs etc.

Last updated May 2017.

Bizerte Marina (Port de Plaisance Bizerte)
Tel:+216 98 708 819 / 216-71962122 (Tunis) Fax:+216 71 96 33 38 ,VHF Channel 16
The marina is located in the outer harbour and has been completely re-developed. It is now a five star fully-serviced facility, part of a villa, shopping and entertainment complex. Berths are spread over 2 basins, depending on the size of yacht, however all sizes can be accommodated up to 110m. Med mooring with lazy lines.
All facilities, tax & duty-free fuel, pumpout facility, WiFi, yacht club, security. Exclusive superyacht quay.
A fully serviced shipyard is being developed half a mile from the marina with a 50 & 400 ton hoist, suitable for catamarans as well.
Port Director
Tel:216-98708819
Mourad Chamari.

dd.skysail
dd.skysail says:
Apr 05, 2017 07:20 AM

For winter time my sailing boat is in Bizerte since 4 months ago. The marina team is very good. If you need to repair something ask Mourad the captain of the Marina. He is also a famous skipper in Tunisia, he will do the best for you and is very helpful.
There is electricity and water, and the toilet and shower are new and 5 star quality.
The customs and the police are also friendly and in 30 minutes they do all the papers (maybe they will ask you for a small gift).
Bizerte has a very big market with fish, vegetables, meat .. great and cheap.
The Tunisan people are very friendly, they are happy to see tourists coming back.

Roby55
Roby55 says:
Oct 28, 2014 03:48 PM

I recently was in Bizerte and moored in the new marina. Although the marina is still unfinished and you actually moor in the middle of "work in progress" area, we were allowed to moor alongside, with a couple of other yachts. Electricity and water are available on demand but not continuously. Fuel has to be brought by car and has normal land prices (1.5 Dinars for the best quality or 1.2 for standard diesel). Despite all this we were hosted very warmly by the Marina people and we fully enjoyed our stay of three days, paying 30 Euros per day for a 13m boat.

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