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Bizerte is oldest Tunisian city, but sadly rather run down. It ha is a fishing port with a partly developed marina set on a canal leading to an inland lake. It is protected from the sea by a double kasbah (fort) that is in perfect shape despite it being 400 years old (the original structure dates back to Byzantine times). If on a Med passage Westwards and facing SW-NW winds having rounded Cape Bon, this port offers good shelter now that the marina has re-opened.
Warning: you must check-in even if you have already been cleared into the Tunisia.
Call on VHF Ch 16 the marina prior to arrival (vessel name, length, berth code, if known, and last port of call). The entrance to the marina is marked with red and green lights at night – the green light on the head of N breakwater while the red light is on the head of Jetty 4. Keep clear of Jetty 4 (outer side) due to shallow waters (marked with orange buoys).
Customs and Immigration offices on the main marina quay, however they usually visit the yacht and are reported to be friendly and helpful. You may be asked for a "gift". Contact officials the night before departure. Only Immigration will want to stamp your passports. Cruisers report no charge for clearing in or out.
716 berths, Med mooring with lazy lines. Max LOA 110m,
Tel:+216 98 708 819 / 216-71962122 (Tunis) Fax:+216 71 96 33 38 , VHF Channel 16
Ashore: electricity, water and showers provided. Diesel can be arranged by truck or for the the fishing port (expect to pay a mooring fee for the fuel dock). The town is within walking distance where you find markets and friendly people. 45 minutes by fast motorway from Tunis airport. A fully serviced shipyard is being developed half a mile from the marina with a 50 & 400 ton hoist, suitable for catamarans as well.
Don't miss: the busy old city and medina is well worth a visit. There's a summer music festival and very good SCUBA diving.