Originally Posted by bornplaydie
I am bare boating
in Turkey in May. I originally wanted to see Symi. Seems like such a hassle going to Greece. I have been told to fly a Greek flag before reaching the harbor but don't feel comfortable doing that. Has anyone anchored in a remote
bay instead, like Peti, and taken the bus into the harbor town for the day to look around? Is that a bad idea?
Are you talking about the greek courtesy flag or change the flag of the boat to greek one ? First one is obligatory anyway and most (not all) greek authorities are keen on that. Changing the flag of the boat is a serious staff and I don't recommend it at all.
As I said, we tell to every customer to follow necessary procedure if they want to visit Greece. But we also know that many go there illegally. Rhodes less, but Simi is taking now this very seriously. If you go to main port, coast guard will definately visist yr boat and ask the documents.
If you go Peti or Panormitis (lovely bay at the southern tip of the island) and anchor
, you can most likely get away althought, coast guard is visiting the boats at random basis once a week or so. The real trouble is , if you are involved in any accident
on land or sea when you are there illegally, you will have very hard time.
Is it worth ?
Peti is just a walking distance (a bit demanding though) to the main port or there are regular buses at 1 € every half an hour running until midnight. Peti can be very busy if you come after 4-5 PM, the holding is not bad, if you avoid patches of weeds..
If you do exit/entry locally via agencies in both side, as I said, it can go up to 200-250 €. If you want to do yrself, it will be about the half. I don't think you can do it for 10-15 €, as one forumer said.