LatitudeLat 36° 37' 3'' N
LongitudeLong 26° 24' 2'' E
Minimum Draught2 m
Maximum Draught10 m
Shelterfrom all winds
DangersEntering the bay can be difficult in case of western winds
Weather Forecast Service
Astipalea is a small island which, thanks to its conformation and the nature of its coasts, offers many possibilities of mooring and anchorage. Its odd “butterfly” shape offers lots of shelters from all winds; this is why Astipalea is a good alternative for a stop in this stretch of sea.
Despite the presence of an airport, Astipale is still excluded from mass tourism, which has preserved its original nature and beauty. But the other side of the coin is that the city offers very few boating services; the only marina is, in fact, that one of Skala, in Chora.
On the north-eastern side of the island, there is Ormos Vathi, a narrow long bay accessible through a narrow channel, a little difficult to sail in case of western winds.
You can drop your anchor practically anywhere within the bay but the most popular anchorages are on the eastern edge (where the bottom rich of seaweeds can be annoying), the south-eastern corner (usually crowded by fishermen) and the northern side just in front of the village. Here, a tavern offers a quay where you can moor laterally (depth reaches almost 2 metres). There is place for 2-3 boats.
In the whole bay, depth varies from 3 to 10 metres.
What does Vathi offer? Calmness and relax, of course, in addition to the tavern where you can taste some fresh fish and a small beach just close to it. For the rest, you can see fishermen, sleep, relax, sunbathe. No paved roads, no residential areas in the surroundings: just a former military area. But the beauty of Vathi is just this: a little corner out of the world