Meganisi and Levkas

Rob and Jacky Black
Mon 10 Aug 2009 06:56
38 39.7N 20 45.6E
Thursday 6th August
We left our lovely deserted bay - Sarakinicko on the west side of Kastos and went to the mainland to the Sunsail base at Vounaki Marina as we decided it was time for some shore power and showers! However although the marina was pleasant enough there was no power so it was back to using the generator again to get the batteries topped up. The setting was very pleasant with high hills to the north and green covered slopes. The local town of Palairos had gas and an ATM and we were able to get some fuel from a road tanker that came to the marina for another boat. The Sunsail staff were all friendly and helpful and the beach taverna had good value snacks. We met a very nice Greek couple (Mike and Maria) on a small MV who were able to give us some useful information about more local anchorages as well as some details of sailing in the gulf of Athens. The next day we left for Spartakhora. This is a delightful bay on the north of Meganisi and there are a variety of options regarding moorings. We went to the floating pontoon belonging to the Taverna where we had power and water (at last)! Fortunately Mike and Maria knew the owners and had called in advance to book a spot. We had a rather disconcerting moment on arrival as we tried to berth because the prop didn't open so we had no forward or reverse thrust for about 3 minutes - only the bow thruster! Eventually it seemed to right itself and we squeezed into our place with the help for Padros in his dinghy. There were lazy-lines here so need to drop the anchor. The floating pontoon was subject to violent movement when waves came from ferries and then the wind got up from the NE in the afternoon so getting on and off the boat became a bit of a rollercoaster ride.Nonetheless the setting was lovely and we made use of the Taverna for cold drinks and had supper there in the evening. There was also a WASHING MACHINE!!! I was able to get the bedding done for 7 Euros! We spent more time with Mike and Maria and have now got some good places to visit on our way through the Gulf of Corinth and hope to meet up with them in Poros in early September.
Friday 7th August
Sivota 38 37.4N  20 49.0E
Before leaving Spartakhora we walked up to the tiny village to see the views which were spectacular despite it being rather a misty morning. From the top of the hill you can see Levkas and the Onassis island of Skorpios to the north and then to the SW the end of Cephalonia and part of Ithaki.We motored south having said our farewells to Mike and Maria (Eclipse) and passed between the islands of Meganisi and Levkas along the south coast of the latter and then into the long inlet and bay of Sivota. We found a good spot to anchor and had a refreshing swim in water that showed a temperature of 31 degrees (I'm sure this can't have been right!).
We have been able to log onto a WIFI connection here so will get these messages off today. Hope to get ashore tonight to explore this little place.