Location: 35*29'.5 24*04'.5 (28210) 89884 VHF Ch 12
The harbour of Souda is south of the large peninsula of Akrotiri. The mainland
on the other side of the harbour has a Turkish castle (Aptera) high above the
mouth. The Akrotiri has an International Airport as well as military installations
whose towers are evident from a distance. In the middle of the entrance to Souda
Bay is the small island of Agios Nikolaos, with a Venetian fort. There is a
narrow channel marked by red and green flashing light buoys. On the other side
of these buoys is the anti-submarine netting that is held by large black buoys.
This netting extends to the shore on either side. Beyond this there is an unmarked
free channel that extends to the docks at the end of Souda Bay 3km east and
to the small fishing harbour. At the end of the harbour there is a large flour
mill. There are also restricted areas in this harbour near the naval dockyard.
At the far end of the harbour there is a newly constructed fishing harbour that
will provide facilities for small boats
Facilities: Souda Harbour provides all services. Fuel can be ordered. It is
not a Port of Entry but has Customs and Port Police. Whatever cannot be found
in the immediate harbour area will be in Chania 10 minutes away. The ferry boats
to Pireaus also dock here. Souda itself has banks, shopping and some tavernas.
Comments: Souda has alongside, stern-to, bow-to and anchorage moorings providing
excellent shelter in all weather. Weather conditions outside the bay may be
drastically different. There is no entry to Souda at night and all activities
in the bay are secondary to military interests. The north side of the bay is
This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.