This eighth edition of the Heikell’s highly regarded pilot will not only guide you safely to all the marinas and ports of the Ionian, but will also entertain you with plentiful background notes on the history and myths of the region. This beautifully produced pilot has clear chartlets for nearly all the ports and anchorages, and is very reasonably priced.
However, I do have a few reservations: it appears to me that their focus, in contrast to Rod’s excellent Italian Waters Pilot, is on marinas and harbour walls, rather than places where you can anchor off. An example from our recent cruise from Argostoli to Corfu is that although there is a symbol on the chartlet no mention is made of the excellent anchorage off the market in Argostoli neither is there any text about another very good anchorage immediately north of the fishing harbour in Preveza (though, again, there is a symbol on the chartlet).
In the section on ‘getting there’ this revision also misses the fact that Ryan Air conveniently fly to Kefalonia and Corfu. The section on formalities does mention the imminent new tax but not that you no longer have to arrive at an entry port, only one with port police; nor that the DEKPA, or equivalent, is now needed for boats over 7m but only needs stamping once a year.
So, this is an essential pilot to have on board if cruising in the area especially if visiting for the first time BUT keep an eye open for the ‘Updates’ on the Imray website as things do change in the time taken between the revision compilation and publication.