02 July 2016 | Cala Addaya
Addaya is a very narrow long strip of water winding in between rocks and mini-islands until you reach two sheltered lagoons about a mile and half inland from the sea. One lagoon is marked as quite shallow but the other has a small marina and space for around 6-8 boats to anchor in with the local mooring buoys. It needs concentration to work your way in on the first visit as the channel swings and turns all the time but it’s not that difficult in good weather. There are more buoys marking the route than the pilot book shows so there is plenty of reference points. We arrived and dropped anchor in the space left by a conveniently departing boat just off the end of the marina.
It’s a very pretty place with low rocky islands and hills surrounding the anchorage, providing very good shelter. The pilot warns to make sure you drop your anchor on sand and not the sea-grass but the water was cloudy and we couldn’t see the bottom so we had to just guess. We didn’t see anyone from the authorities checking whilst we were there.
There is a small port area with a bar/restaurant and a hire shop for dinghies, bikes etc and you can walk out of the port and climb some steps up to the village where there are more restaurants and a well stocked small supermarket. We topped up the stores and had an ice-cream as we strolled about. As we don’t have very ‘sweet teeth’ the ice-cream event is unusual, only the second this year for Carolyn and the third for Chris. We spent two days relaxing onboard and watching the activities in the lagoon. It turned out that the second larger lagoon must have greater depths than marked in our documents as we saw a few quite large boats anchor there.
Addaya has a very relaxed feel and we enjoyed the visit. We did some walking around the local area and sat outside the bar at the port the second afternoon for an hour or so just watching the world go by. All very chilled out and a really nice place.
Photo: The harbour in Addaya, the anchorage is just out of shot to the right.