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ISLAND OF HYDRA

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MANDRAKI BAY

Mardraki is an attractive anchorage less than a mile E of Hydra Harbour. It is exposed, however, to the N. Anchor in 3-6 m over sand, weed, and mud. There is a water taxi service to the harbor. Popular with flotillas who raft up with lines ashore.

PORT OF HYDRA

The harbor of Hydra is always very crowded in high season and is best avoided at that time. Early spring is the best time to visit, when it is usually possible to moor either on the south quay or the inside of the north breakwater (where, however, it shallows as you go further in). In peak season, it is not unusual for boats to be moored three deep on the quay. Warning: There are several rocks near the N breakwater.

Crossed anchors is the least of the problems here. A bad swell develops with strong N-NW winds. It is better to anchor in near-by Mandraki or Vikos.

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ANCHORAGES ON HYDRA 

Molos just a few miles W of Hydra Harbour is a good alternative anchorage. Other than a few luxurious properties the cove is isolated. Anchor in 3-5 m, good holding. Off the island of Ayios Nikolaos on the SW of Hydra there is a cove that is reputed to be very attractive. Another deep bay under Cape Bitsi on the SW of Hydra offers a good anchorage as well.

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