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Monastir is one of the principal towns in the eastern part of Tunisia, and is 160 Km from the capital, Tunis.

The "monastery" after which the town was named, was built by an Islamic religious order in 797 to defend the town from roaming nomadic tribes and Byzantine warships. The fortress houses a lovely museum of Islamic art and artefacts.

Monastir is 187 nm from Malta and Malta is 54 nm from Ragusa, Sicily. It is a useful place to visit if you need to reset your Schengen or VAT clock.

There is a good marina and boatyard here, however space on the hard is limited so advance booking is recomended. Prices are moderate and quality reported to be good. See comments at bottom of page.

Position 35° 46' 11" N, 10° 50' 5" E (marina)

Clearance

Customs and Immigration officials are resident at the marina, just a few doors down from the marina office.  Check-in is reported to be straightforward however cruisers do warn of the "baksheesh" culture (see comments at bottom of page).

The offices are in the white building on the starboard side past the yard and reception dock.

Last updated May 2016.

Docking

This is a popular place to spend the winter for live-aboards with Saturday night get togethers and Sunday barbeques.

Monastir Marina has about 400 berths, and is well maintained in a tourist setting with reasonable security. Monitoring of your boat in your absence can be provided and is included in the price. The marina provides a club room and boat-owners organise various activities. Booking for a winter season here has to be done well in advance due to its popularity.

NOTE: The marina does not accept credit cards, only cash. Protection is good but it can be windy.

Last updated May 2016.

Marina Cap Monastir
B.P. 60 - 5000 Monastir , Tunisia
Tel:+216 73 462 305 Fax:+216 73 464 999 ,VHF Channel 11, 13, 16
Opening hours: 0800-1230, 1330-1730 Monday to Friday, 0900-1200 Saturday
Full service marina 300yds from the centre of town with 400 berths, fuel, WiFi. Water & electricty are charged in addition to berthing fee. Facilities have been improved. Supermarket, shops, bank and yacht club on site. Berth stern or bow-to where directed.
Good and secure for wintering. Almost full in winter but spaces available in summer. Contact in May to book space for the winter. Laying up afloat a better option as limited storage space ashore, but make sure someone is looking after the boat as inexperienced marina staff are likely to move un-occupied boats.
Boatyard, limited hard standing, travel hoist (35 ton), 5 ton crane and repair services.

Yacht Clubs

At the port.

GrosDoux
GrosDoux says:
Apr 07, 2016 03:12 PM

April 2016:
We went from Malta to Monastir to get the antifouling done. In the Cap Monastir marina we were VERY safe.
Checking in was easy, did not cost anything and was done in 15 minutes.
Mohamed Mrad's team in the boatyard did a great job on our antifouling (coppercoat - everything scraped off manually first). The antifouling I brought from Malta as it is not available in Tunisia.
Fathi, the recommended Mechanic (Phone +216 55 338 113), did a good job on various little tasks we had done.
Mohamed and his sons Mehdi and Abdel (BCHIR Services - phone +216 22 850 338), did a great job on canvas work - fender socks, adjustments to the sprayhood, a cover for the dinghy and other small things.
Prices for all works were very moderate and the quality of the work was very good.
We felt very safe also in the old town of Monastir where we went shopping regularly.
The only downfall is the communication - it is not easy to get in contact with any of the service companies from afar.
That is where Mike Turner from Hammamed (Yasmin) helped a lot (mtmarineservices@gmail.com). He made everything possible with his excellent communication and help between the parties (and it helps if you speak some French 😉).
We would go there again anytime and can only recommend it to all sailors!
For more information you can always contact me on info(at)gros-doux(dot)com.
Robin
SV GrosDoux
Amel Super Maramu #56

Hugh Moore
Hugh Moore says:
Jul 26, 2014 09:12 PM

July 2014 - Monastir Tunisia is a very attractive harbor and a nice marina facility. On entering your are overlooked by the very impressive Ribat, the big fort that was built during the Muslim conquest of North Africa to keep the marauding Sicilians and Byzantines at bay. The buildings surrounding the harbor - the restaurants, hotels, and apartments - are all whitewashed with bright blue trim, making the harbor look somewhat like a tidy Greek village. It's an attractive port.

The facilities are comfortable and the office staff is helpful. Most everyone is friendly and welcoming in Monastir. That said, there is an exception. The customs office is a few doors down from the marina office, and these guys are an unfortunate relic of Tunisia's past. There is a complete lack of professionalism as these burly officers do board your boat and do ask for "gifts." Some say it's just a cultural thing, and others think it harmless, but as Tunisia's Democratic future progresses, hopefully the "baksheesh" will be banished for good. If you want to smooth the way in the meantime, carry a small bottle of the cheapest whiskey you can imagine, and offer it to them.

For our 13 meter boat the mooring was around $30 USD per day including electricity. The price for Diesel is 1.25 Turkish dinars, or € .54 or $.73 per liter, about 1/3 of he cost of our next European fuel fill. Go with empty tanks of you can.

The town of Monastir and the "Medina," the walled old city with its narrow streets and lively markets, is just a short walk from the marina. Also a very short walk away is the mausoleum of the founder of Modern Tunisia Habib Bourguiba and his family. It's pretty impressive and along with the Ribat defines the town.

We traveled in Tunisia during Ramadan, the month long fasting holiday for Muslims, and I would recommend against that. Many non-tourist restaurants are closed, and the scene is much quieter and less predictable than it would normally be.

Tunisia's infrastructure needs massive improvement, and the Government is ow running in fumes. It's evident when you see the beautiful beaches and many city streets that are filled with trash and yet no trash cans can be found. This fascinating country, the only survivor of the Arab Spring, and now with a modern and progressive constitution, should see much better days ahead. I think it is well worth a visit for sailors.

bluewatersailor
bluewatersailor says:
Mar 24, 2014 06:48 PM

We arrived in Monastir just over a week ago .
Entrance is straight forward .
clearing in was very straight forwards and in all took no more than forty minutes , first the police then custom followed by a quick look over the yacht , only advise is, a little present will help to smooth the way .
off season charges 12 mts are 30TD a day water 2.75TD electric 2.75TD , if you are planning to stay longer than 17 day then a month rate would work out better @ 400TD month
Shower and toilet are very clean.
Fuel 1.10 TD .
Office staff speak English and are very helpful.
The yard hoist will take a max 22 tons but it unable to lift cats .
The price for our haul out was 180 TD in and out and the presser wash 46TD .
Hard standing 21 TD a day
Water and Electric was just a little higher than the marina .
Yacht to be sanded and antifouled by the yard are turned around in three days unless there is a problem.
The work we had done was good .
There a small super market outside the marina
Monistir town is a ten minute’s walk , where you find two large super market and a street Market . Fruit and veg looked good and the fish very fresh .
There are a few people who wintered out here and they felt safe and had a good winter and would winter here again.

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