KOS (Marina) – PSERIMOS - LEROS (Panteli or Agia Marina, go before for a swim in Plati isle) – ARKI (Port Avgousta, go for a swim in Aspronisi) – PATMOS (Skala Harbor) – LIPSI (Harbor, go for a swim before in Makronisi) – KALYMNOS (Vathis port) - KOS (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
KOS (Marina) - PSERIMOS - KALYMNOS (Vathis port) - LEROS (Agia Marina, go before for a swim in Plati isle) - LIPSI (Harbor) – AGATHONISI (Harbor) - ARKI - PATMOS (Port Skala) – LEROS (Lakki marina) - KALYMNOS (Port) - KOS (Kefalos) – TILOS (Harbor) - NISIROS (Pali Port) - KOS (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
RHODES (Mandraki marina) - SIMI (Harbor) - KOS (Kefalos port) - ASTYPALAIA (Skala) - NISIROS (Mandraki or Pali) - TILOS (Livadhi) - CHALKI (Chalkia) - RHODES (Mandraki marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
- In Leros, Agia Marina is better equipped as a marina.
- In Patmos you should visit the castle and the main town.
- There are the inhabited islands Telendos, Marathos and Archagelos Leros and depending your itinerary you can visit them.
- In the 1 week from Kos, the total miles are approximately 120NM (about 20NM per day). So in 1 week you can see up to 10 islands. Even with the Meltemi wind, this area is calm and you can enjoy sailing.
- In Simi go for a swim in Georgiou bay.
- Visit the monastery of Panormitis in Simi and the bay.
- Visit Alimia island near to Chalki island, which is a beautiful bay for a swim.
- Go for a swim in Pondamos beach in Chalki island.
AGATHONISI: Agathonisi or Gaidaros (Donkey), is a favorite of many cruisers. It is a small island with about 150 inhabitants living in two villages: 125 in the Megalo Chorio (Big Village), and 25 in the Mikro Chorio (Small Village), its tallest point is 189 m above sea level. Its area, combined with neighboring islets, is 14.5 km2. While Agathonisi belongs to the Dodecanese prefecture, most of its goods come from nearby Samos (only 15 nM to the N). It is an island out of the main tourist stream and it has many protected coves as well as a small but well sheltered harbour and ferry port, Ayios Yioryios.
ARKI: Arki is a small Greek island in the Dodecanese, situated three miles north of Lipsi and eight miles ENE of Patmos. The island has about 47 inhabitants, all in one hamlet in a deep inlet on the SW coast, where there is a small and rather shallow harbor, Port Augusta. It is not a very mountainous island, but very rocky and most of the inhabitants raise animals: sheep, goats, cows, and a few horses.
ASTYPALAIA: Astypalea is an isolated island with an area of 96.85 km2 with about 1600 inhabitants. While it belongs to the Dodecanese group, geographically and historically it is closer associated with the Cyclades. Chora is the larger town in Astypalea. It surrounds the Quirini castle. The town is charming with its white washed buildings and many nooks and crannies. Many of the old buildings are in disrepair and, like in so many other Greek islands, are unfortunately not being repaired but are being replaced by concrete monsters. People have become too affluent to want to keep up the old houses. This is still a nice, off the beaten track island, well worth a visit. Near the castle is the lovely church of Panayia Portaitisa. The view is wonderful. Walk through the old ramparts and then down through the town and back to Skala.
CHALKI: Chálki is a small island of 2 km and about 300 inhabitants located approximately 7 NM west of Rhodes. It is a mountainous off-the-beaten-track island with many sandy beaches. There are many nice neoclassical pastel colored houses surrounding the harbor whose owners have mostly immigrated and live in Florida. The main street is named Tarpon Springs Boulevard. Chálki famous for keeping its old music and traditional songs the 15 syllable mandinádes.
KALYMNOS: Kálymnos with an area of 109 km2 is the home of the best known sponge divers in Greece. In years past, they had a large fleet of boats which left the island every year after Easter and went to the shore of N. Africa for several months. Vathís is a deep fjord on the East side of the island. It is possible to go stern-to the short mole (on the E side, the W side is too shallow), although there is not much to tie your lines on to. The bottom is sand and weed and not always good holding. Make sure your anchor has penetrated the weed and it is not caught at the roots giving you a false sense of security. The shelter from the meltemi is excellent but there can be very strong gusts down the steep hills. The place is very attractive.
KOS: Kos is a fairly large and elongated island of the Dodecanese group, with an area of 290 km2. In antiquity Kos was famous as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Near the town (about 5 km) there are the substantial ruins of the Aesclepion where the ancient god of medicine Aeslepios, the son of Apollo, was worshipped. The modern town is dominated by the castle built by the Knights of Rhodes after the crusades. There are dangerous shoals N of Cape Kum and the sea can be very confused around the cape. Also, with a B meltemi there are very violent gusts near the SE shore of the island. Maintain a good distance off-shore.
LEROS: Leros is a fairly low island of 53 km2 and 8,000 inhabitants. It has many beautiful beaches and unspoiled villages and a wildly serrated coastline. Battle of Leros during the WW II when she was bombarded for over 50 days and finally invaded by the Germans in a dramatic landing. During the days of the junta Leros was a place of exile and torture housing the infamous prison of Partheni. The approaches to Leros are straightforward, most of the offshore islets being steep-to. If approaching the main harbour of Lakki from the north, however, be sure to avoid the group of above-water rocks extending about half a mile offshore just NW of the entrance. With a strong meltemi there are violent gusts when entering the bays of Lakki and Alindas. Also, with strong southerlies there are gusts and large swells in the bay of Lakki.
LIPSI: Lipsi is a small but neat island. Its town and harbor is very attractive and well kept. It seems that many of today's inhabitants had at one time immigrated to Australia and have now returned. They brought with them a certain amount of affluence and a more cosmopolitan outlook than one would expect on such a small island. The island has a well-protected harbor at the head of an inlet halfway along its southern coast and several good anchorages around its shores. It has a modest tourist trade that has, so far, not altered the island’s quiet and relaxed ambience.
NISIROS: Nisiros is an almost square shaped island with an active volcano whose caldera is about 4 km in diameter and is a "must visit" site. The island has an area of 41.6 km2 and a diameter of 8 km. Legend has it that Nisiros was a large boulder which during the battle of the Titans, Poseidon removed from Kos and hurled at the Titan Polyvotes, whom he crushed. Niseros is remote enough that several traditional customs still prevail. If one is lucky, one can still come across musicians playing traditional music. Most yachts head for the harbour of Pali roughly in the center of the north coast. The ferry harbor of Mandraki further west is not really suitable for yachts. Yiali is a small island is located 3 nmi NW of Nisiros. The island is an active quarry but has a sheltered anchorage on the south side.
PATMOS: Patmos, in addition to being a delightful island with many coves, is one of the most important places of the Christian religion. In the period between 81 and 96 AD St. John wrote the Apocalypse (Revelation) in a grotto not far from Skala, the harbor, now inside the Monastery of the Apocalypse half way up the hill from the harbor. The people of Patmos are very religious and it seems that at least half of the male population goes under the first name of Theologos which means "the theologian." The harbor, Skala, is an attractive and bustling with activity town. Many cruise ships visit it every day and disgorge hundreds of tourists, who are herded into buses for the Monastery. Most of these cruise ships do not stay very long and at night the town is more manageable. The bathing area adjacent to the old commercial harbor is surprisingly clean. The old town of Patmos is built around the Monastery on top of the hill and has many old houses. All together it is a very nice place to visit although in the summer months it is liable to be very hot.
PSERIMOS: Pserimos is a small island E of Kalymnos and N of Kos. It is subject to very violent gusts. The island has some lovely beaches. Approaches to Pharmakonisi are straightforward but with the meltemi there are violent gusts. The small village of Pserimos is situated in a cove on the W side of the island. The cove is somewhat protected from the meltemi but is subject to considerable swell. Unfortunately, during the summer days the little cove is very crowded by noisy day-trip caiques from Kos, and there is hardly any room for a yacht. Caution: There is a reef N of Cape Sphuri.
RHODES: Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese and the capital of the Dodecanese province. Because it is physically a lovely island with very mild winters it has become a year round vacation resort favored by many northern Europeans, in fact, there are more Scandinavians, British, and Germans in the island than native Greeks. The result of this popularity is local wealth and the building of many high-rise hotels.
SIMI: Sími used to be off the beaten track and its harbor Yialos, is a jewel of a town with colorful houses built up the steep slopes. Now it is an "in" place and in the summer it is crowded and the lovely harbor now sports the usual bars with their loud music. On the other hand, many of the abandoned houses have been restored. In the last few years, however, the level of tourism has been upgraded, featuring some upscale restaurants and less loud bars, along with more restorations
TILOS: Tilos is a fairly remote and off the beaten track island. It is not very picturesque but it is quiet and more true to its traditions than the more developed neighboring islands. Telos has had an interesting history. It seems that the island was connected to Asia Minor and elephants roamed its land. When the island was separated from the mainland around 10,000 years ago, the descendants of these elephants evolved into a more compact size. Remains of these small elephants have been excavated. The island now manages the SPA itself, planting trees, rehabilitating natural springs and encouraging traditional cereal crops in order to protect the habitat for these species. Details of the program, which is funded under the LIFE-Nature scheme of the European Commission, are available at the Tilos Information Centre 200m south of the harbour in Livadhia.