Karpaz Gate Marine
Karpaz Gate Marina is the first marina in Cyprus to achieve Gold Anchor status after it was awarded the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor rating by The Yacht Harbor Association (TYHA).
Opened in 2011 on the remote and unspoilt Karpaz Peninsula, Karpaz Gate Marina is praised in the glowing report for its ‘charming ambiance’ and ‘superb services’, while the marina staff were also lauded for their friendly and professional support.
Managed by the Sea-Alliance Group, the marina has benefited from the Group’s extensive experience in the requirements of yacht owners, focusing on customer service and the provision of industry leading services both in the marina itself and shore-side. The marina conveniently located as a port of entry to Cyprus for the yacht owners from Israel. Whether you like to have a long term base (home port for wintering) or a breath taking stop for short period (daily or monthly) during your cruising, KGM offers you both.
Wintering at Karpaz Gate Marina
Designed sensitively to complement the landscape of the area, the luxury 300-berth marina has opened up this rich cruising ground and provided Northern Cyprus with is first ever modern marina. Karpaz Gate Marina is an ideal mooring place for long term mooring not only for modern mooring systems and high security standards but also for experienced staff and very high quality services. There is also 24/7 CCTV, security personnel as well as access control and access cards for each marina areas. The first modern marina in Cyprus, Karpaz Gate Marina, provides berthing for vessels ranging from 5 meters up to 55 meters. The finger mooring system accommodates the boats up to 12 meters LOA and its Mediterranean type mooring system (two mooring lines to each boat) accommodates the vessels from 12 meters LOA. There are alongside or stern-to mooring options for super yachts. Mono and three phase power, drinkable water and cable TV connection supplied from the service pedestals. The guests can enjoy the free Wi-Fi available at all berths and it is currently complimentary for the berth holders.
Boat maintenance facilities on site include an 18,000 sqm dry dock for refit and repairs, as well as a substantial 300-ton travel lift that is capable of lifting vessels up to 45 meters and with a beam of up 10 meters. Technical services provided by in house marina technical staff have already proven its quality during the past 2 years. Duty free spare parts provisioning is the cost effective solution for the foreign flag yachts. Also if you are planning to leave your boat for a long time period you can enjoy the “look after services” provided by marina.
There is a pump-out station and the marina has its own treatment centre for waste. The marina produces its own freshwater on site.
Karpaz Gate Marina is running its own shuttle bus, offering a convenient way for visitors to the marina to move around the island. It is free to travel to the closest village and the marina will be subsidizing the service to take the shuttle to the nearest cities, Famagusta, Nicosia and Girne.
Visiting North Cyprus
The Karpaz region of Northern Cyprus is a truly beautiful and unspoilt area, with rich cruising ground, sheltered anchorages and deserted beaches, as well as historical sites and stunning scenery inland, and we are very pleased that our marina is now providing a gateway to the region. It sounds too good to be true for a sailing destination in the Mediterranean, with its pristine cruising ground, stunning scenery, miles of empty sandy beaches and numerous bays, coves and inlets to explore and enjoy.
Still as remote, sleepy and refreshingly free of industry and pollution, the only thing that has changed about this little-known yachting area is the addition of the perfectly-positioned Karpaz Gate Marina.
Using Karpaz Gate Marina as a base, the ancient Kyrenia Harbor in the Venetian town of Girne is just 52 miles down the northern coast. While, on the eastern coastline, the largest port of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta Harbor, in Gazimagusa, is also within easy reach. For those preferring shorter sails, there are also several spectacular anchorages dotted along the 240 miles of coastline of the TRNC.
Karpaz Gate Marina is also the perfect home port for trips further afield and the marina is located on the northern shore of the Karpaz Peninsula (known as the “pan-handle” of the Island) and Turkey is just 48 miles away. Within a short sail away you can discover the southern Turkish coastline and the harbors of Alanya, Antalya, Marmaris and Bodrum. And in just under 300 nautical miles you can reach Rhodes, gateway to the Greek Islands.
Whether you are looking for remote beaches, turtle watching, snorkeling, sheltered anchorages, historical places of interest, spectacular sailing, fresh Cypriot cuisine or a touch of luxury, this 10-day itinerary for sailing in the TRNC has a bit of everything.
SUMMARY OF SUGGESTED 10-DAY SAILING ITINERARY
Base: Karpaz Gate Marina
Days 1-2: Karpaz Gate Marina (base) to Kyrenia Ancient Harbor – 52nm
Day 3: Kyrenia Ancient Harbor to Escape Beach – 5nm
Day 4: Escape Beach to Alagadi Turtle Beach – 12nm
Day 5: Alagadi Turtle Beach to Kaplica Bay – 21nm
Day 6: Kaplica Bay to Karpaz natural bay – 36nm
Day 7: Karpaz natural bay to Monastery Bay – 12nm
Day 8-9: Monastery Bay to Famagusta – 45nm
Day 10: Famagusta to Karpaz Gate Marina – 73nm
Northern Cyprus cruising guide
BASE – Karpaz Gate Marina
Start your sailing holiday in style with a weekend of luxury at one of the most advanced marina facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean. There is a mini-market, a Yacht Brokerage office operated by Cyprus Yachts and a chandlery. The popular Hemingway’s RestoBar is situated at the marina and comprises both seating inside and on the terrace. Hemingway’s offers an international menu and traditional Cypriot cuisine, and also hosts a busy calendar of special nights.
New for the 2013 season, Karpaz Gate Marina has opened an international beach club adjacent to the marina. This luxurious club includes a 33m infinity swimming pool, with a jacuzzi set to one side. There is a decking area with loungers and a children’s pool and play area. The beach restaurant and bar serves light meals, pizza and grill. A 200m long private sandy beach is just steps from the beach club and includes private lounging areas under the shade. Showers and changing rooms are provided. The water sports centre located at the beach club offers a variety of kayaks, including clear bottom and tandem options. Guests can rent snorkels, fins and masks and explore the crystal clear water of the private bay. The in-house Mephisto Diving School provides PADI courses to all diving levels, departing from the beach club itself. Turtles, dolphin and stingray are among the varied wildlife on show. A modern, well-equipped fitness centre is also on site.
Close to home, the coastline offers long sandy beaches, local harbors and family-run tavernas – ideal destinations for day sails or short outings. There are also a number of small fishing harbors along the coast to visit. Ahead of arriving at Karpaz Gate Marina, the marina office can provide assistance for visiting boat owners wishing to attend organized day trips to see the sights at neighboring towns. Karpaz Gate Marina is a protected harbor basin and the entrance is facing south west. Follow the green and red buoys when entering the marina and call from VHF Ch. 16 or 10, call sign ‘Karpaz Gate Marina’.
DAY 1&2 – Kyrenia Ancient Harbour
N35⁰20.20' E33⁰20.20' VHF: Ch 16/12
Kyrenia Ancient Harbour is on the northern coast and is 48nm (10-hour sail) from Karpaz Gate Marina. It is a bustling, atmospheric harbour, full of history and charm and cooled during the hot summer months by sea breezes and mountain air. Anyone preferring a shorter sail could stop at Kaplica Bay or Alagadi Turtle Beach (see later in itinerary).
Visitors planning on entering the marina by sea should contact the port beforehand. Facilities available to boat owners include electricity and water, laundry and ship technical services. The custom house is located in the west corner of the harbour.
Founded in the 10th century BC and shaped like a horseshoe, Kyrenia Castle guards the harbour and towers over the entrance – a reminder of the importance of the port in 1489 when the Venetians changed the island.
Kyrenia Harbour is packed full of interesting shops, as well as cafes, restaurants and bars, with the highlights including Harbour Restaurant, Ezic - Peanut Restaurant, Club Locca, and Tango to Buddha Bar.
Other points of interest in the area include the shipwreck museum, which houses one of the world’s oldest wrecks – a 4th century BC Greek merchant ship which sank less than one mile from an anchorage in Kyrenia.
Bellapais Monastery, which dates back to the early 13th century, is in the nearby picturesque village of Bellapais, while St Hilarion Castle is named after St Hilarion, a hermit monk who fled from persecution in the Holy Lane and lived and died in a cave on the mountains.
Korineum Golf and Beach Resort is a par 72, 18-hole international standard golf course.
DAY 3 – Escape Beach
N35⁰20.84' E33⁰14.11' Anchorage Area
As the name suggests, get away from the bustle of the town and view the beautiful coast of Kyrenia during the short one-hour sail to Escape Beach, a scenic stretch located just 5nm from Kyrenia.
The anchorage is protected from southerly and westerly winds, with a sandy bottom good for anchoring. You can enjoy a whole host of water sports and there is also a pier to moor up a dinghy. Anchor at the entrance of the bay, keeping clear of the shore for the safety of swimmers, and stay overnight, weather permits. A beach club, bar, restaurant, museum, shower and WC facilities are within easy reach.
DAY 4: Alagadi Turtle Beach
N35⁰20.1' E33⁰28.9' Anchorage Area
From Escape Beach, head east for a two-hour sail (12nm) to the large public, sandy beach, Alagadi Turtle Beach, which has views of mountains behind it. Loggerhead and green turtles come to nest here and it is a great place for swimming.
Again, anchor at the entrance of the bay in the sandy bottom. Protected from southerly winds, it is possible to anchor overnight if the weather is good.
There is a beach club, bar, and restaurant, as well as shower and WC facilities.
DAY 5: Kaplica Bay
N35⁰24.1' E33⁰44.2' Anchorage Area
Kaplica Bay is one of the most beautiful spots to anchor between Kyrenia and Karpaz Gate Marina and is 21nm from Alagadi Turtle Beach. Within the local area of the bay is a mountain range as well as an interesting coastline, while the sandy beach provides a great base for swimming and snorkeling.
The four-hour sail provides an excellent view of the north west coast of Northern Cyprus, but it is advised to keep a clear minimum of 2nm from the shore as there are hidden reefs. There is a very well-protected fishing harbour 1nm east of the bay.
Anchor in the bay, which is protected from southerly winds, on a sandy bottom and stay overnight, weather permitting. There is a beach club, bar, restaurant, and hotel, as well as shower and WC facilities, plus the bay is very close to the Kaplica Village for provisions.
DAY 6: a natural bay at Karpaz Peninsula
N35⁰40.5' E34⁰31.2' Anchorage Area
Heading further east along the coast, feel free to stop after 20nm to experience the facilities and entertainment on offer at Karpaz Gate Marina again if time allows.
Otherwise, continue for another 16nm or three hours sailing from Karpaz Gate Marina to visit an unspoiled anchorage point with a beautiful sandy beach. The bay offers a great spot for snorkeling and swimming and is located within the protected Karpaz National Park where the Karpaz wild donkey roams amongst an array of flora and fauna.
Again, stay 2nm clear from the shore due to reefs, anchor in the bay, which is protected from southerly and westerly winds and has a good sandy bottom, and stay overnight in good weather.
DAY 7: Golden Sands – St Apostolos Andreas Monastery
N35⁰ 38.333' E34⁰ 32.398' Anchorage Area
A further 12nm from the natural bay, or 28nm from Karpaz Gate Marina is the Panhandle of North Cyprus. The 2.5km long Golden Beach boasts miles of beaches, where sailors may have a whole beach to themselves, and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Nearby is the historic Apostolos Andreas Monastery, one of the Karpaz Peninsula’s most popular tourist attractions, which is dedicated to St. Andrew, the patron saint of travelers. A place of pilgrimage, some believe in the healing properties of the waters and the site is considered holy by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The monastery is especially busy on August 15th (Assumption Day) and November 30th (St Andrew’s saint’s day).
Keeping a minimum of 2nm from the shore due to the reefs, do not navigate between the mainland and the isles at the point of the Karpaz Peninsula. Unprotected from easterly winds, anchor in the bay in the sandy bottom and stay overnight in good weather. There is a restaurant, bar, market, shower and WC facilities.
DAY 8-9: Famagusta Harbor
N35⁰ 08.4' E33⁰ 57.4'
VHF: Ch 16/08
About 45nm further down the east coast, the city of Famagusta is home to the largest port of North Cyprus.
It is well worth spending a couple of days in the city if possible. The many historic artefacts nearby include: Greek St. George Church, Sinan Pasa Mosque (St. Peter & St. Paul Church), Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque, The St. Barnabas Monastery, The Canbulat Tomb & Museum, The Salamis Ruins of the city of Salamis that was founded towards the end of the Bronze age, Namik Kemal Dungeon in the courtyard of the Venetian Palace, and The St. Barnabas Icon & Archaeology Museum.
Please contact the authority from VHF Ch. 16 or 08 before entering the harbour and they will advise about mooring location. The harbour’s working hours are week days from 8.30am to 15.30pm. Check the entrance of the harbour from the chart to keep clear of the shallow water (3-5metres) lying on the SE-NW direction.
SAILING TO AND FROM THE TRNC
All yachts entering the TRNC should fly the Turkish courtesy flag and the Q flag and proceed to the customs officials.
Visitors who do not wish to have their passports stamped by the authorities on arrival in the TRNC may request a stamped visa form which is loosely inserted into the passport and removed on departure. A valid passport or identity card is required and typically a 90-day tourist visa will be issued. Yachts are currently not advised to cruise from the TRNC to the Republic of Cyprus (Greek/South Cyprus).
TRAVELLING TO NORTH CYPRUS
All international flights must first touchdown in Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya or Dalaman) before flying onwards to the north. North Cyprus has two international airports. The larger of the two is Ercan Airport near Lefkoşa, and the other is Geçitkale Airport near Gazimağusa. The stop-over is about 30-45 minutes and there is usually no change of aircraft. Luggage will usually be checked in straight through to Ercan airport. Scheduled and charter flights operate from Manchester, Stansted and London Heathrow airports to Ercan via a stop-over in Turkey.
Alternatively, fly to the Greek half and then hire a car to cross the border. Larnaca (Larnaka in official Cypriot spelling) has a vast new airport terminal since November 2009. Paphos (aka Pafos), also thoroughly overhauled since 2008, is more popular with budget airlines.
There are no longer any restrictions on border crossings for EU citizens in Cyprus, as of 2003. EU citizens are free to cross and spend as much time as they wish on either side of the border by producing their ID cards or passports at crossing points any time of the day (24 hrs). At present, there are seven crossing points where pedestrians can cross at the Ledra Palace and Lokmaci border gates are in Lefkoşa (Nicosia), whilst those who intend to cross by vehicle can use the Metehan (Kermia) border gate in Lefkoşa, Beyarmudu (Pile) near the British Sovereign bases at Dhekelia and the Akyar border gates near Gazimağusa (Famagusta) on the Larnaca-Famagusta road, Bostanci near Guzelyurt and Yesilirmak west of Lefke.