I suggest you pick up a copy of North Africa
Pilot - published by Imray - lots of useful information in there. We sailed from Sardinia to Tunisia
, entering via Sidi Bou Said. Interesting place with a definite exotic feel to it, but very tight entrance with sand halfway across. We draw 2.1M and got through, but you have to be careful.
Do not - I repeat, Do Not go or be there on a weekend - especially a Sunday. The locals from Tunis congregate around the marina entrance (where you will probably be placed) and cause mayhem. We had to guard our boat
dawn to well past dusk from mad diving
boys and men
who flooded the cockpit
, then not happy with that tried using our boat
as a diving
platform. When my First Mate tried to shoo them off (I was ashore doing the formalities with the graft-hungry officials), one of them threatened to cast the lines off. Then later in the evening more trouble from families (when the women
are allowed out it seems) who were coming aboard for photo
We cleared out early, just wanting to be done with the place, which is a shame. If we had arrived during the week, I am sure our experience would have been different. Kelibia is a busy, commercial fishing
port who do not officially welcome yachts, or have any real room for them, but at the end of a long day in a Force 9 (yes we really did want to get away from SBS !) we found the place to be a total contrast with ever so helpful and caring locals and officials (and no hint of wanting graft). Further down the coast (East) is Port Yasmine - highly recommended (where we currently are, and where a lot of superyachts call in for cheap fuel
and to re-set their EU 'tax clock').
Although we have yet to visit, we hear Monastir is also good.
boats a wide berth, and do not cross their stern - they can be trawling very, very
long nets day and night
As to other countries on that coast, Morocco
is apparently also good.
hope that helps.