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Kelibia is a busy fishing harbour on Tunisia's NE coast. It is a suitable port of refuge when en-route between Malta, Pantelleria, Sicily or Sardinia.

Position 36° 50'02"N, 11° 06'31"E (harbour entrance)

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry. See Noonste/Tunsia/Formalities

Port Police and Customs are pleasant and accommodating. They will come to your boat for an inspection and may ask for “souvenirs/cadeaux” (whisky and/or cigarettes) and will complete all documentation while on your boat, taking your passports to their office and returning them a short while later. If you have prepared a list of all electronics on board, including computers, tablets, cell phones, navigation equipment, radio’s TV’s etc., it will speed up the process.

It is a useful harbour from which to clear out of Tunisia.

Last updated September 2017.

Docking

Entrance is straight forward and the port offers good shelter in almost all conditions although space is tight as this is a working fishing port.

There is only a small section of dock for visitors and most of the space is taken up by local boats or seemingly abandoned ones. No water or electricity. The north side of this pontoon is reserved for Guarde National and even though you might be encouraged to tie up there, do not. When the Guarde National boat returns (at any hour) you will have to move.

Be prepared for rafting up next to other boats and have plenty of fenders ready. The dockmasters do try hard to find a place for you to berth, and usually they try to assist with docking, including moving other boats to make room.

Alternatively it might be possible to dock along the south breakwater/quay just east of the fuel station. Be mindful that the wall is rough and can do damage to your boat, not the best place in strong northerlies.

There is big travel lift, which might be available for emergency repairs. Because of the many fishing boats some common parts might be available or can be made.

This is not a “marina” by any stretch of the imagination, however is reported to be a clean port with friendly officials and of course, is cheap. Hammamet and Monastir both have marinas, and if attainable may be better choices if you are planning to stay for longer periods of time. Costs however are much higher.

Last updated September 2016.

bborchardt
bborchardt says:
Sep 20, 2016 07:40 AM

We have just spent three nights at the Kelibra fishing port and enjoyed our stay. It is a working fishing port and little room for visiting yachts. They put us beside the travel lift and we were the only visiting yacht. The immigration and customs people were friendly and professional, they did not ask or hint at payment or gifts. We had a very different experience when we entered Tunisia at Bizerte - a less than positive experience. Kelibra was our exit port not entry port. We arrived late at night and someone was there to help us. There was no power or water available. Fuel was 1.17 TND per litre but difficult to get at with all the fishing boats tied along the quay. The port was quiet, clean and people very friendly and helpful. For a 45' cat it cost us 15euro per night. There nights appears to be the max stay. The town is not far and there are good supermarkets, banks, generally all the supplies you need. Kelibra left us with a very positive view of Tunisia. Bizarre may have a new marina that charged us 70euro per night (they did give us one night free as there was no power for the first 3 nights) but your stay there could be much more expensive depending on how much immigration and customs decide to ask.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 08, 2014 08:35 PM

Posted on behalf of Con Sprenger:
A share taxi from the port into town costs 2 TND each way at time of writing (about 90 euro cents). Fuel is available and payment can be in TND or Euros – cost TND 1.25 or about 0.56 euro cents a liter.

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