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Visiting Northern Cyprus August 2009

By Val Ellis last modified Feb 17, 2011 04:55 PM

Published: 2011-02-17 16:55:13
Countries: Turkey , Cyprus

My husband and İ checked out of Turkey at the end of August 2009 and headed for DELTA Marina, Girne, North Cyprus. There seemed to be only a few places available for visiting yachts. We paid 18€ per night and a load of washing cost €4 per load. Diesel was 1.7 Turkish Lire (about US$1.16). No drinking water at the marina, but could be bought from nearby shops. Wifi was available and free at the marina. Staff were friendly and helpful.

The weather was calm when we were there and we noticed several yachts, on passage, anchored outside the marina. The marina guided us through customs, which is done at the ferry terminal next door, where the main customs officer was very unpleasant. Our passports were not stamped with entry or exit stamps. We were unlucky to come in after a ferry and he kept us waiting in his office till he had checked through all the ferry passengers. We used Turkish lire in all the shops.

When we visited Nicosia (Southern Cyprus – Greece) we needed our passports and had to get an entry/exit form at the border. Our passports were not stamped.

There are plans for a new marina further east along the coast and for the moment, the only safe anchorage along the north east coast is at the very tip of Cyprus. You need to get there before the sun sets as there are many shoals in the area. According to the marina manager anchoring over-night is tolerated by the authorities. As we were held up by the customs we did not get there before the light went and we continued towards Lebanon. There was a Coast Guard boat patrolling this area.

We very much appreciated the kindness of Kath and David Gerrard, s/y Mashona, well known to the yachting community for their contribution to the EMYR.

Pauline Carpenter
SV Currawong