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Location

This purpose built marina development on the North African Moroccan coast is 33nm east of Melilla and 6nm west of the Algerian border.

The marina is located 4nm west of the town of Saidia and the breakwater is visible in clear weather, the entrance faces north east, and will come into view when close. Depths at the entrance vary, and there might be some silting, approach with some caution. There is also some silting inside the marina; the shallow areas are clearly marked. After passing through the outer basin, you’ll turn left and will see red balls marking BOTH sides of the channel to the inner harbour. The Quai d’Accueil/Welcome dock is on your right as you enter. This harbour is very secure.

The marina is still "under development" withplan for 850 boats never quite materialised with only one third of the marina being utilised, and the marina now has an unfinished, abandoned air about it. It is however well protected from all weather with virtually no chance of any swell within the marina.

Its close proximity to Spain yet being out of the EU means it is a useful place to visit for VAT or Schengen purposes.

Position 35° 07.0'N, 02° 17.52'W (harbour entrance)

Clearance

Saidia is a port of entry.

See Morocco Formalities for full details on clearing in and out and permitted length of stay.

All the authorities are conveniently located right at the marina office and the welcome dock.  The Customs officials will come to your boat, make a brief inspection and ask if you have any firearms. Then you go to the office to fill out all the paperwork. Immigration officials will take the passports to make copies and then return them an hour or so later.

It’s very helpful if you speak French, although some English is spoken. Officials are reported to be polite, courteous and professional.  Cruisers reports are mixed as to whether or not you will be asked to give a 'gift', so best to come prepared.

Only the captain is allowed ashore until the clearance process is completed.

Last updated August 2018.

Docking

The marina here is surrounded by restaurants and bars, however despite that, many of the pontoons are not used. Access to the pontoons is not secured, but security guards patrol the entire marina 24 hours a day.

Marina personnel will indicate the berth to use. Mooring is bow or stern to with lazy lines, but with only a few boats in the marina it is also possible to moor alongside. Water and power is available at every berth. The electrical outlets on the first 2 pontoons are 32A, so most boats will need an adaptor. The 3rd pontoon in has smaller 16A plugs. Bathrooms are basic.

Charges are low and the WiFi is good but at extra cost. During high season – July and August - costs are 60 percent higher.

The fuel dock accepts cash only, no credit card. They do sometimes run out of diesel so enquire about availability on arrival.

The marina itself accepts credit cards, but apparently they don’t always work.

There is a reasonably well stocked supermarket in the marina although most of the other store fronts are empty, and there are 3 ATMs on site (although all may not work).

The large town of Saidia is a 10 minute bus ride away or there are taxis from the marina.

Last updated February 2018.

Saidia Marina
Route Ras El Ma , Saidia
Tel:+212 (0) 536 62 4793 Fax:+212 (0) 536 62 4795 ,VHF Channel 09
800+ berth marina built in 2007 as part of a golf resort. Access channel co-ordinates 35 ° 07 ‘ 030 ‘’ N 2 ° 17’ 570’’ W (faces the NE). Police and Customs on site 24/7.
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel, pump-out, internet, clearance services. Max length 50m. Draft 3-3.5m (dredging planned). 24hr security.
Boatyard with 100 ton travel lift, 8 ton crane and repairs. 24hr security.

AndrewB
AndrewB says:
Aug 22, 2018 05:07 PM

Visited Saida for our 18month EU exit, formalities quick and efficient, marina costs are online, not as low cost as Melilla. Friendly and helpful people but a bit run down but clean and tidy, power and water included in fees. No charges for clearance but they expect a little gift which is no problem.

Nathalie Lyssens
Nathalie Lyssens says:
May 02, 2018 11:48 AM

Does anyone has recent info on the boatyard in Saidia? Good, bad, non-existant? Thanks!

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Feb 14, 2018 12:10 PM

Posted on behalf of Jan Harzem

A new marina with a huge holiday village/apartment complex. Marina is pretty empty and located a bit out of town. Staff speak French and English and are very helpful. We got a ride to Saidia town which is normally a 40 Dhurham taxi ride if you can find a taxi in the Marina. Saidia is a town on the border to Algeria. I would call it a typical holiday complex that looks terribly deserted out of season. Charges are 146 Dhurham per night or a 13m yacht.

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