Exploring the Heiromiti Reef (38° 41.109'N 20° 45.523'E)
The Heiromiti Reef is a potentially dangerous place and despite being well marked still claims a few yachts each year.
The shoal can be found in the Inland Sea, between Scorpios and Meganissi Island in the Ionian
Sea area of Greece
. It is composed of two hazardous rocky patches and a shoal patch in deeper water
The reef can be easily avoided by passing close to the Scorpios or Meganissi coastlines, although occasionally marked can be difficult to pinpoint. During the season the reef is invariably marked with charter
and Flotilla Company flags
but does get knocked down in storms and is often completely absent out-with charter
Most of the vessels that hit the reef are crewed by the curious wanting to closer inspect the danger
. The reef is marked as a single
rock on the charts
and leads the foolhardy into underestimating the size of the reef and sometimes thinking they are clear of danger
bump a slightly deeper part of the reef.
The dangerous part of the reef is on a transit between the NE headland of Vathi Bay and Politi Point on the SE cape of Scorpios island beside Changing Room Bay. Its located 1/3 distance or 1km from the Scorpios shore.
There are two distinct sections 150m apart with 1m of water
above the rock and is possible to see the rock poking just above water surface when there is a really high pressure system coupled with spring tide after period of prolonged southerlies.
The shoal patch, distinct from the rocks lies midway between Scorpios and Meganissi, with 3.5m over it does not usually present any problems to passing yacht but can cause a bit of alarm
when suddenly look at the depth
gauge and see it reading below 3.5m.
Both areas are good spots to anchor
, for a spot of snorkelling, when the nearby bays and coves are mobbed with charter yachts, albeit when the winds are light. The reef is best approached from westerly direction. I like to go astern into about 3-4m and drop the hook. You can manoeuvre very close to the rocks and on closer inspection
will find that they are indeed two huge concrete cubes….. I wonder who placed them there? Was it Onassis when kept his super yacht Christina on Scorpios?