PORTS AND MARINAS
There are 4 main ports in Albania:
Port of Durres, Port of Vlora, Port of Shëngjin, Port of Saranda:
Arrival in the port of Saranda, Durres, Vlore, Shëngjin the following documents are required:
Certificate of Registry
List of passenger list/crew list
Proof of insurance
Durrës Port is the biggest port of Albania in the city of Durrës.The Port of Durrës has approximately 763 metres (2,503 ft) of alongside pier space on the West Mole and a fishing harbor lies at the north end of the East Mole. Several wrecks are located near the entrance channel to the Port of Durrës. The use of tugboats is compulsory in the Port of Durrës.
The port of Vlore is located about 5 km from the center of Vlora, about 120 km from Sarande.The main town is a commercial port of entry, busy with ferries and other traffic. It is the second largest port city of Albania, after Durrës. Vlore remains a major seaport and commercial center, with a significant fishing and industrial sector. The best beaches are located between Vlora and Saranda, often surrounded by pine forests and olive groves, and are characterized by very fine golden sand.
Shëngjin Port, is the northernmost seaport in Albania and is frequently accessed by cargo and fishing vessels. The Port provides the area with a strong industrial foundation. Shëngjin has the third largest port in Albania and the Harbor’s access point is located on the northwest part of the city. The port is protected by lengthy rock walls that extend into the sea. A well sheltered outer harbour is surrounded by popular holiday beaches. Shëngjin has approximately 3 km of beach front.
Saranda Port is the southern port of entry into Albania. The port has been recently renovated and extended making it possible for cruise ships to moor. It’s very close position to Corfu (only 6 miles) makes it a favorable and frequented port by sailors not only to clear into Albania but also to visit the surrounding area which has indeed a lot to offer to its visitors.
It is located at the south end of Vlora Bay. The Marina has all the usual facilities, and it is pretty safe to leave the boat. There is water and electricity to all berths. Nice sandy anchorage .Website:http://www.orikum.it/
Himara is a coastal town in southern Albania, 22 miles (35 km) from Sarande. Himara has a small fishing port, which doesn’t offer good wind or swell protection but you can stay in good weather and enjoy visiting the bilingual town.
The island of Sazan is nearby, strategically located at the entrance to the Bay of Vlora. Once a military base, Sazan island’s beauty has swiftly turned it into one of the most attractive summer destinations in the country.
Karaburun Peninsula, is the largest peninsula of Albania,. The peninsula is a Managed Nature Reserve, and contains the Pasha Liman military base. The surrounding sea waters form part of the Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park. The western coast of Karaburun peninsula consists of small bays and rocky beaches. One of them is Gramma Bay.
Gramma Bay, is located in Karaburun, has a deep and mostly rocky coast. The bay is known for its high quality waters and isolated position from the noises.The entrance to Gramma Bay itself is a little fjord and have some shallow on each side, therefore proceed carefully, best in day light and keep the middle.At night, the place can get some quiet violent wind casts coming down from the mountain. Be aware of it when choosing your anchor spot.
Dhermi, 5.2 miles away from Himare, offers crystal waters to swim. The place is only to anchor but doesn’t offer any shelter from wind or swell.
Porto-Palermo Bay is just 15 miles north-west of Sarande, a few kilometers south of Himara along the Albanian Riviera. The water is deep here (30m plus) almost up to the old fish quay hidden behind the northern side of Ali Pasha’s fortress. A useful stopping point and a very protected bay.
Ksamil Islands are four small islands located in southern Albania. Ksamil is 15 km (9 miles) south of Sarande. It is very nice to spend the day swimming in the wonderful clear waters of the islands