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Fethiye - Muğla - Turkey

Kızılada Lighthouse
GPS : 36°39'10.7"N 29°02'38.9"E / 36.652967, 29.044139
Focal Plane : 32 mt (105 ft), Tower Height : 13 mt (43 ft)
Character : W. Fl. 5.0 Second (white flash every 5 second), Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 15 nautical miles

GPS : 36°39'43.3"N 29°03'02.1"E / 36.662018, 29.050577


At sunset, when the sun falls on the stones and the sand, they become reddish and the whole island takes on a crimson colour. Perhaps the island was named as Kızıl Ada because of this. There are no buildings on the island except for a lighthouse and the residence of the guard at the southern tip of the island. Off the south side of the point is an islet, Kızıl Ada, the strait between it and the point is Yassıca is the best shelter. There is no trace of an ancient settlement on this island.

Approach is to be attempted from the deep strait on the west. On this approach a cove on starboard on Kızıl Ada is adeqaute shelter with a line to a bollard. The cove by the rocky point, with an islet in the middle, is also pretty spot. There is room for just a few boats. A narrow cove near the end of the point is usually occupied by excursion boats. They always stop for swimming breaks in its turquoise water. By noon it will be crowded, but peaceful at night and provides all-round shelter. The setting is wonderful at night.

The strait between Büyük Yassıca and Kızıl Ada is shallow. One-metre reefs allow passage ony close to Yassıca (in 2 to 3 mi), but local knowledge is required to use it. It is much better to take the passage from the north. An islet, close to Kızıl Ada, there is a creek on the south, provides adequate shelter from prevailing winds with a line to bollard.

The rocks of various sizes in the north-west (Deliktaş Islands) are very handy for diving and fishing. The eastern coast of Kızıl Ada is protected from the waves and the wide beach is suitable for swimming and casting anchor .

These anchorages are always loaded by excursion boats. It is always better to arrive in late afternoon and leave befor noon in the next day. Diving courses and tours are organized in the vicinity.

There are two bays on the north of the island where yachts can anchor. It is sheltered against dominant winds; yet, immediate and severe winds can come over the island. It is open to northwest, north and northeast. This is an attractive uninhabited cove which provides good shelter from the meltemi. Anchor is 5 - 7 m on a sandy spot. There are some Byzantine ruins ashore.


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