Travel Information

Corfu, Greece

 

 As you prepare for departure, please reference the Corfu Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Address & Map


Address

Gouvia Marina, PO Box 60, 49083 Tzavros, Corfu, Greece

Map
Location

Gouvia Marina is based on the East coast of Corfu, around 5 miles north of Corfu Town and roughly 20 minutes away from Corfu Airport.

Contact details

Gouvia Marina
PO Box 60
49083 Tzavros
Corfu, Greece
+30 26610 99132

Base Open Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat-Sun: 9am - 6pm 
Season: The base is open from early April to early November. 

Base/Shore Facilities

Gouvia Marina facilities include:

  • Fuel Station
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Supermarket
  • Chandlery
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Toilets and showers available 24 hours a day
  • Laundry and dryers
  • Postal Services
  • WIFI Internet 

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Arrival & Departure

 
Time Difference

GMT + 2 hrs (GMT + 3 hrs from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October

Airport

Corfu Airport
Located 3 kilometres to the south of Corfu Town, in the area of Kanoni, opposite the islet of Pontikonissi.
Facilities are the airport include:

  • Money and Communication:  There is a bank, an ATM and a bureau de change in the terminal building.  There is also a post office.
  • Eating and Drinking: One restaurant and four buffet style snack bars located next to the check-in area.
  • Shopping:  There is a small duty free shop. 
Transfers

Corfu Airport to Corfu by Taxi - approx 15 Euros - 10 - 15 minutes ride 

Corfu Airport to Gouvia by Taxi - approx 20 Euros - 20 - 25 minutes ride 

Car Parking Gouvia

Car parking is available at Gouvia Marina.

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return.  Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
Non-British passport holders should check with their local Consulate direct.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.

Customs and Immigration

Before leaving the airport you will have to clear Customs and Immigration

On Arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 1800 hrs for boarding. Chart and Boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.
Luggage may be left at the Base office at the Marina.

Out of hour’s arrival procedure

A notice is placed on a board by the reception showing the location of your boat, a mobile number, facilities etc.  An emergency number will also be provided.

On departure

Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip.  This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state.  We reserve the right to charge you for boats left less than shipshape.

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Sailing Information

Ionian Sailing Experience Level 2
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Greece.

Sailing Licences

 

Why do I need a Day Skipper or ICC with Sunsail when other companies don't ask for it?

By Greek Law, Port Police officials require a ‘Solemn Declaration’ to be signed and presented on request alongside the official boat papers, stating that you hold the relevant qualifications to sail in their waters. With 40 years’ at the forefront of the sailing holidays industry, we pride ourselves on being the best. Our valued reputation is second to none and we conduct all operations with great diligence, and according to the current laws and regulations of each destination. This is why we ensure that you have the necessary qualifications and paperwork to fully enjoy every sailing destination, and that you are made aware of any clauses or terms and conditions that may affect your holiday.

To charter a yacht in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.  The Skipper should be accompanied by at least one crew member (First Mate) of “Competent Crew” level (ASA 103 or RYA Competent Crew Course) or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association.*  As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing association AND/OR an ICC or IPC as detailed below:


Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
• US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
• ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
• RYA “Day Skipper Course” or above
• Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

AND/OR

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
• ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.
• IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

It is suggested that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, in case they are requested to present them in person.  If you do not have a recognized certificate, you should obtain one before your departure.
*If the First Mate does NOT have a sailing license, they must fill out a Sunsail sailing resume to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in Greece aboard a Sunsail vessel.  They must also fill out a Declaration of Honor to provide a legal declaration to the Greek Port Authorities that said crew member is competent to crew aboard a chartered yacht. 

Cruising Permits & Taxes

In Greece it is essential that we have all of the following details in advance: Full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport no. /ID card no for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base.
Please bring any RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.

Night Time Sailing 

Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising Area Limits

This information is covered in the chart briefing.

Mooring Fees and Taxes

Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbours, and these are not included in the price of the charter. The charges are fairly minimal and are usually around £5 to £15 per night. Marina prices are considerably higher, between £25 to £45 per night depending on the size of your yacht.
If you stop free of charge at a private jetty it is expected that you will eat at that taverna.
Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.

Charts & Pilot Book

Charts and pilot books will be aboard the yacht. 

Fuel 

Cost Guide 1.20 euro
Location:  Gouvia Marina

Coolers

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Skippered Charter Information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.
The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared heads and size of the cabin. If you expect him to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.
For one-day check out skippers it is the client’s responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15 to 20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at the client’s discretion.

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Banks & Money Exchange

 
Currency

The currency in Greece is Euros

Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques, Euro cheques and credit cards are rarely accepted, with most local tavernas accepting only cash.

Banking

ATM machines are available in Gouvia and Corfu Town.
Banking hours are Monday-Thursday 08:00am-14:30pm, and Friday 08:00am-14:00pm.
Banks on the larger islands tend to stay open in the afternoon and some during the evening to offer currency exchange facilities during the tourist season.

There are no limits on the amount you can take in or out of the country, but the exchange rate is often more favourable in Greece. Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques.

Credit Card Information

Travellers' checks and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shops.
Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal checks and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

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General Information

 
Language

The Language of Greece is Greek and English

Cost of living in Greece

The cost of living in Greece is approximately 10% less than the UK.
Prices in Greece usually include service charges although it is normal to leave loose change as well.

Restaurants

There is a good choice of tavernas and restaurants throughout our cruising areas, local Sunsail staff will advise you of their whereabouts.

Tipping

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants/bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this to the bill.
Tip according to the quality of service.

Shopping

Shops in Greece tend to be open from 9am-1pm and then in the evening, after siesta, from 5pm-8pm.
Special purchases include lace, jewellery, metalwork, pottery, garments and knitwear, flokati rugs, leather goods, local wines and spirits. Athens is the centre for luxury and designer goods and local handicrafts.

Regional specialties include silver from Ioannina, ceramics from Sifnos and Skopelos, embroidery and lace from Crete, the Ionian Islands, Rhodes and Skiros, alabaster from Crete and flokati rugs from the Epirus region.
Visitors should be aware that many ‘antiques’ sold to tourists are fake; it is illegal to export any item of real antiquity without a special permit from the Export Department of the Ministry of Culture.

 

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Electrical, Phones & Music

 
Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Greece is 220 Volts and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile Phones

GSM 900 and 1800 networks exist. Coverage is good around the major towns on the mainland and on many islands. Main operators include Cosmote, Q-Telecom. Stet Hellas, and Vodafone. please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You may need to activate international roaming on your contract. 

Music/Ipods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

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Activities

 
Car and Jeep Hire

Car hire is available throughout Greece – all international rental companies available

Watersports
Fishing

Sea fishing is possible from the shores, from boats and even underwater and is allowed almost everywhere without a permit.

Watertoys available

Snorkelling - We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.
Standup Paddle Boards - the newest way to experience the water. Experience gliding on the water's surface; this is as close as it gets to 'walking on water' and is suitable for all ages.

Kayaks

Walking

This area is astonishly beautiful, notably inland where hill villages nestle in lush pine forests and olive and fruit groves.  For keen hikers the hilly interior of Corfu is perfect.

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Provisioning

Provisioning is available at this location. View our online store.

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Health & Safety

 
Illness or Injury

If you are taken ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at a Sunsail base.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

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