Originally Posted by Jacques2
According to what I red on this thread, I have changed my plan and will not sail to Santorini (with my boat).... We left Nisyros this morning for Kalymnos... The meteo is not so good and we have some reparation (works) to do onboard.
For all those who are interested to sail to Santorini (I just came back): Vlikhada is indeed not deeper than 2 m any more nowadays (june 2011), so others sailors who went there, told me in Ios. You might find a place on one of the appr. 10 buoys near Oia. They were all occupied. Some were lucky that they could use one of these, but many turned around and around. If you have more than 2 m depth
it is a problem to go to Santorini. There is also room for some boats on the Middle Island, but I think it is not recommanded to anchor there, and you still will have to find a boat that will bring you to Thira ... and back!
I left the boat in Ios (as suggested by a sailor in IOS) and took the fast ferry
(45 minutes). It costs 33 € per person. The ferry
leaves Ios now at 10.40 and departure from Santorini at 16.20. It is short, but hire a car (25 €) and go directly to Oia. you will be there at 11.30 and stay there 2 hours. Spend the rest of the time in Thira (1 hour) and leave Thira at 15.45 to catch your boat at 16.20, as we almost missed it ... It is to my opinion the best option nowadays, unless you keel is appr. 170 cm. (I have been twice in Vlikhada years ago, when depths were still OK. Well sheltered, easy to go to Thira with a taxi. I loved the nice restaurant in top ...)