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Bonza Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Bonza Bay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Bonza Bay Spot ID

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Type: river

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.2 °C

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 03:21 Local time
Wednesday 18
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 7 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
NNE 15
NE 20
Wind State cross-
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Bonza Bay in East London is an exposed river break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south. The river break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for sharks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For East London, South Africa, 5 km from Bonza Bay.

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Bonza Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At East London/Buffalo City, 11 km from Bonza Bay.

light winds from the NNE

Air temperature
13.8 °C

Current weather near Bonza Bay

Overall Bonza Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Bonza Bay is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Bonza Bay is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Third is Queenstown Airport (UTW) in South Africa, 155 km (96 miles) away.
  • Umtata Airport (UTT) in South Africa is 175 km (109 miles) away.
  • Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ), also in South Africa is the fifth nearest airport to Bonza Bay and is 242 km (150 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Bonza Bay, Eastern Cape - Wild Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Bonza Bay sea temperature, Bonza Bay photographs, Bonza Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Bonza Bay webcams, current wind from Eastern Cape - Wild Coast live weather stations and Bonza Bay tide predictions. The South Africa swell maps link will open up the big picture showing South Africa and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from South Africa wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Bonza Bay.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.