Between Heraklion and Rethimnon is Bali ,the second main resort on the north coast near the town of Rethimnon .It is built in the ancient site of Astali .It is situated along a curving and hilly peninsula with mountains around . Bali is a seaside resort about 20km east of Rethimnon. In the bay there are 2 small coves on the west side, in front of the town, that provide safe anchorage for all but northeastern winds.
It is a quaint seaside village with wonderful bays, calm clear waters and a small marina . Bali can provide minimal shopping, no repairs and with some effort fuel may be ordered. There are mailing facilities and international telephone calls can be made. There is no Port Police or Customs. The village has a pharmacy. There are hotels and tavernas.
Safe anchorage is in the 2 small coves on the west side of the bay. The coves provide protection in north and north west winds. There are rocks extending from the west side of the bay seaward. The town is well lit up at night. The shelter is no good in the winter as the waves break over the retaining wall, causing a swell that is dangerous. The anchor holding in the bays is poor.