The beautiful Karpaz Peninsula and undiscovered cruising grounds around Northern Cyprus are an unspoilt corner of the East Mediterranean now ready to be explored chartering a superyacht in Cyprus.
You will find miles of empty sandy beaches, idyllic anchorages, ancient harbours and rare wildlife, plus plenty of on-shore activities including historic castles and abbeys and the fascinating towns of Nicosia, Kyrenia and Famagusta.
One of the remaining tax-free destinations in the Mediterranean, North Cyprus is only a short sail away from southern Turkey’s turquoise coast and the harbours of Alanya, Antalya, Marmaris and Bodrum. In just under 300 nautical miles it is possible to reach Rhodes, gateway to the Greek Islands.
Day one — Karpaz Gate Marina
You can start your North Cyprus superyacht adventure in style at Karpaz Gate Marina. This new haven for larger yachts offers premier leisure and technical facilities with 300 berths for vessels ranging from 5m to 55m.
You can enjoy traditional Cypriot and international cuisine at Hemingway’s restaurant and bar overlooking the marina or relax at the Beach Club, which has an infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
Other on-site activities at the marina include expert diving tours and tuition with diving school Mephisto, plus kayaking, snorkeling, yoga, music and movie nights, BBQs, art exhibitions at the art gallery and other special events. There is also a fitness centre, mini-market and a yacht brokerage office operated by Cyprus Yachts and chandlery.
The marina also has boat maintenance facilities on site and a 300-ton travel lift as well as duty-free fuel, technical service and supplies.
8 days in undiscovered Northern Cyprus
Alagadi Turtle Beach to Kaplica Bay (21nm)
Kaplica Bay is one of the most beautiful spots to anchor between Kyrenia and Karpaz Gate Marina and is 21nm from Alagadi Turtle Beach. Within the local area of the bay is a mountain range as well as an interesting coastline, while the sandy beach provides a great base for swimming and snorkelling.
The four-hour sail provides an excellent view of the north west coast of Northern Cyprus, but it is advised to keep a clear minimum of 2nm from the shore as there are hidden reefs. There is a very well-protected fishing harbour 1nm east of the bay.
Anchor in the bay, which is protected from southerly winds, on a sandy bottom and stay overnight, weather permitting. There is a beach club, bar, restaurant, and hotel, plus the bay is very close to the Kaplica Village for provisions.