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Sedir Island


Sedir Island

Coordinates 36°59'39.00" N - 28°12'26.00" E
Chart No 311

The islands between points Çapa Burnu and Domuz Burnu are known as Şehir Islands. The largest island is called as Sedir Island. There is a light tower (Fl 10s 15 m 9M) on Orta Ada-185 m from the north of Sedir Island. There are 5 meters depth in the passage between Sedir and Orta Islands. Küçük Ada (Island) stands on the south of Orta Ada (Island). The passage between Orta Ada and Küçük Ada is shoal water. The cove on the east of Orta Ada affords sheltering from breeze. Strong northerlies send swell in. There are reefs in the depth of 4 m, running out 500 m on the north of Orta Ada. There is a pier by Sedir Island, occupied by tripper boats. It gets very crowded in summer. There are 3 meters depths of the pier.  Boats may drop anchor and get a line to the pier at night. The settings are very attractive, but extreme care is needed while anchoring here. The bottom is sand but you must be sure your anchor is dug well. With strong winds, there are gusts and confused sea and considerable swell penetrates right in the cove itself. The shore on the north of Sedir Island, extending like a tonque, provides better sheltering from breeze with a line ashore. The cove is open to northerly blowing winds.

Visiting boats anchor at swing in calm weathers. A cove with coordinates: 36°59’34”N-28°12’35”E, on the east is a safer anchorage. Drop anchor in the depths of 8-12 meters and take a line ashore. Care is required on approaching to the east, because of rocks of anchient mole, lying for about 75 meters on the northern tip of Sedir Island.  There is another cove- 36°59’28”N-28°12’26”E on the southern part of the island, providing adequate sheltering from northerlies. Drop anchor in 6-9 meters and get a line ashore.

Ördek Rocks : Care is needed for a sea-level rock extending to W from Sedir Adası. This rock-bounded area is marked by a metal pole with W cardinal.

There are some fragments from the Carian and Roman era. Remains from city walls and anchient theatre are in good condition.

The beach on the west is called Cleopatra Beach. According to legends, the sand was brought from Africa by galleys to create a beach for Cleopatra and her lover Antony. Soon after, it became known as Cleopatra Island. Tests have confirmed that the sand is typical of Africa-it is not of this region. Classfied as oolitic (which often limestone based), it is sticky and forms over long periods of time. The sand on the beach and the island are subject to heritage conservation programme.

There are a restaurant and showers on the island. It gets crowded in summer with excursion boats. A custodian patrols the island, who will charge you a fee to step ashore.

Kedreai was an important Carian settlement in the Rhodian Confederacy. Mykenails first settled here (1400 B.C.), and together with Knidos and Halicarnassus they built the confederation of Heksapolis. This site had a fortified enclosure with towers. The remains of the Doric temple of Apollo were converted into a church. The city’s theatre is still in good condition.

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