Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kos is well known as a windy island and the center benefits from the Meltemi thermal wind. Kochilari is a sandy beach, cut off from the other beaches of Kefalos, situated in the north side of the village.
It is one of the most popular venues for anyone packing their own equipment. There are high waves created by strong wind blowing ever-furious in the area.
Medium Months: May, September, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NNE, NE, WNW, NW, NNW
Main Direction: NW, NNW
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Cross-onshore wind and a moderate beach-break make it a good spot for intermediates and first-time wave sailors in onshore windswell.
The best months to visit Kochilari are June July and August. In May and September you need some luck. During July and August you will have 15 - 25 knots Meltemi wind (NW), side to side onshore. The wind usually picks up around 12:00 and will blow until 20:00 (stops exactly with sunset), almost every day (with 80-90% wind). If you are a kiter, in the morning you will need a 14 meter and after 14:00 you can start pumping your 10 meter kite. Off-season no regular winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
There are small, large & kicker waves formed by the wind or around 1 m. Sometimes 1,5 m when the wind is harder. The first 50 m the water is shallow. Besides the white sand there are a couple of rocks in the water.
Kochilari beach is 6 km long with nice white sand. 200 m on the left of the kite-school it is swimmers' area. The 5,8 km on the right of the building is for kitesurfers. The beach is only 10 to 20 meters wide, just enough for launching kites. Because the wind is side-onshore and sometimes onshore the spot is crowded pretty fast. This is also the case because everyone starts at the kite-school. Make sure you use the 5,8 km length and you will find your space.
In the summer the water is around 25 degrees; shorts and a lycra!
Bathers Period: None
Kid Friendly: Yes
Beautiful dune landscape, one of the most unique beaches in Kefalos and the island, about 5 km wide. What sets it apart from the rest is its fine, white sand. This is the quiet part of the island and although the main incomes are the tourists it is still quiet compared to Kos City.
Between the beaches the coast is rocky so forget the downwinders.
Access to Kochilari:
From Kos Town drive westwards, then follow signs to Kochilari. Kochilari is located just outside the village of Kefalos, approximately 6 km away from it. To get there, turn right on the junction, just before the path to Kefalos. You just can't miss it. There is a big sign (kite board) on the road.
From the airport you can easily get a cab or rent a car (which is the best way of transport on the Island). The distance is 16 km.
Access to Kos: Kos is the island of Hippocrates (father of medicine), the third largest in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos, lying close to the Asia Minor coast, between Nisyros and Kalymnos Island. As this is a popular island, it is fairly easy to travel to Kos.
Arrival by Airplane: The Hippocrates International Airport of Kos (KGS) is located at south-western part of the island, in a distance of 27 km from the capital, quite close to Antimachia. It is connected with Rhodes, Heraklion, Kalymnos and Limnos Islands. During the summer season the airport gets very busy. There are 2-3 daily flights from Athens to Kos. Flight duration is approximately 50 minutes. During the same period there are many direct charter and international flights from other countries, mostly European countries. If you make a reservation enough time earlier, you can find a cheap ticket.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The central port of Kos is located in the capital of the island. From Piraeus Port there is daily connection with Dodecanese Islands by ferry boats. The trip lasts from 12 up to 16 hours, depending on your destination. The boat of line connects the islands Patmos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Rhodes daily. During summer there is daily coastal connection with Bontroum, in Turkey. Also, there is less frequent connection with Karpathos, Symi, Kastelorizo, Cyclades Islands, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, Crete, Chalki, Chios and Mytilene. During the high tourist period, are organized daily excursions with dolphins or small boats for the nearby islands: Fourni, Ikaria, Lipsi, Leros, Agathonisi, Tilos and Astypalea. The itineraries can change, depending on the tourist movement, and for this you should you be informed in the port.
Local transportations: The island of Kos has an adequate road network for the movement of the visitors.
Car Rentals: Renting a car is suitable for long distanced and isolated areas. Having a car gives you the opportunity to visit places you could not see by bus. For the visitor who wants to rent a car or motorcycle there are many car rental offices.
Bicycle Rentals: Due to the terrain but also because of the existence of the many bicycle paths in the city, an extremely popular mean of transportation in the city of Kos is the bike. On the island there are many companies that rent bicycles.
Bus: In Kos the bus service is very well organized. You can reach a lot of regions of the island, with cheap tickets. In the capital of the island you can use the municipal bus, but you can reach the most distant regions using the KTEL. The itineraries are enough frequent and the central station of buses is found in the centre, at Cleopatra Street. Some of the villages that you can visit are Mastichari, Agios Stefanos, Tigaki, Kefalos, Pyli, Asklipieion and Saint Fokas.
Taxi: The taxi is another alternative transportation way, faster and more expensive. In Kos you can find easily a taxi, in the centre or in other regions, either at the taxi-stations, or by phone with the service of radio-taxi. The charge for the most popular destinations is predetermined, and for the others there is a taxi-meter.