Destination: Vathi, Meganisi

Vathi, Meganisi – A quaint fishing harbour sheltered from the South


About Vathi, Meganisi – Vathi on Meganisi, or more commonly known as Little Vathi, is a sleepy fishing village sporting a small public harbour and large private marina. Town quay space here is limited but it’s a scenic little town so worth trying for a space earlier in the afternoon, or staying in the marina for a night. A good option for your first or last night as you can be back to base in just over an hour.

Vathi Meganisi

Longitude & Latitude – 38°39′.93N 20°46′.91E

Vathi Meganisi harbour

Fisherman’s Mole

How to moor – Several options depending on conditions.

  1. South quay stern-to with an anchor (so bow will be facing out of the harbour). Good holding on the muddy bottom, be sure to use all of the space to get as much chain out as possible, and a nice straight run up in reverse. The harbour is small so it’s easy to approach at the wrong angle and cross anchors. Suitable for strong southerly winds or light winds from other directions.
  2. North quay stern-to with an anchor (so bow will be facing south into the harbour). There’s only space for 2 or 3 yachts here maximum but it’s a lovely spot if you get it! Again, the reverse run up has got to be straight and you’ve got to drop the anchor in between the other anchors that are out on the boats on the opposite side of the quay. Precision is key! Perfect for stronger northerlies, or light winds from other directions.
  3. Stern-to with a lazy line – either in Odyseas Marina or at Karnagio Taverna before you get to marina outside Vathi. Expect to pay around 50-80 euros for a night in the marina depending on size of yacht and time of the season. Pre-bookings are absolutely necessary for either option.

When to go – When the winds are light, Vathi is a comfortable and relaxing place to be. It provides excellent shelter from the south. Mooring with a lazy line in the marina is recommended in any strong-wind weather.

When to avoid – Strong north westerly winds make Little Vathi town quay an uncomfortable place to be, especially with the harbour as small as it is – the swell can pick up pretty big. The private marina and lazy lines at Karnagio remain sheltered and a good option if booked in advance (although the latter not so good in north easterlies).

Facilities ashore – Water and electricity on the main quay and available as an extra in the marina (and showers too). Several restaurants, cafés, bars and a few minimarkets as well as a good bakery and butchers. There is an ATM past the fishing mole.

Restaurants – There are a wide range of quality tavernas and restaurants in Vathi. Tilevoes Italian is a bit different and worth a visit if you fancy some good pasta or steak. Stavros and The Rose Garden offer quality traditional Greek food with excellent service. Errikos on the fishing mole is a little pricier but offers a classy twist on traditional greek food, particularly good seafood and lovely owners too. Round at Karnagio, if the restaurant is open you’d be expected to eat there or as the restaurant did not open this year, there was a 20 euro fee for a night’s mooring and then you are free to wander into town to eat at your leisure – I expect they’ll continue to offer this ‘pay or eat’ option.

Somewhere to swim? If you walk round the east side of the harbour, just past the little church there are some steps down into the water, and further along a couple of small stony beaches too. Karnagio Taverna has a lovely little beach with sun loungers too.

Anything else to do? There are some nice walks from Vathi.

  1. Head north out of the village and follow the road round towards the NE of the island, you’ll come to Kapali bay – a popular anchorage, and also Abelike bay.
  2. Take the narrow road south out of Vathi up to Katomeri – the inland village of Meganisi. Traditionally Greek with some fantastic panoramic views of the Ionian.
  3. Continue east down to Port Atheni, another nice anchorage popular for yachts and day boats.

Last season you could also hire e-bikes from Vathi, making those hills a lot easier! Highly recommend doing this and exploring towards Spartahori too.

I’d highly suggest buying Rod Heikell’s Ionian Pilot Guide for detailed information on the harbours & bays of the Ionian.

On the chart

vathi meganisi chart

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Sivota Lefkada

Kioni Ithaca

Fiskardo Kefalonia

Kastos Island

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