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Cannibal Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Crowds: 4.5
Camping: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Cannibal Bay Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.2 °C

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 11:59 Local time
Wednesday 24
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 11 11 20 11
Wind (km/h) 15
N 15
NNE 20
NE 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Cannibal Bay in Catlins is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of sharks/rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Nugget Point, New Zealand, 5 km from Cannibal Bay.

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Cannibal Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tokoiti, 41 km from Cannibal Bay.


Air temperature
5.4 °C

Current weather near Cannibal Bay

Overall Cannibal Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Cannibal Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 69 km (43 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cannibal Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 111 km (69 miles) away.
  • Third is Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand, 143 km (89 miles) away.
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in New Zealand is 180 km (112 miles) away.
  • Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Cannibal Bay and is 194 km (120 miles) away.
Cannibal Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cannibal Bay, Catlins. Use the tab navigation above to view Cannibal Bay sea temperature, Cannibal Bay photographs, Cannibal Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cannibal Bay webcams, current wind from Catlins live weather stations and Cannibal Bay tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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 Cannibal Bay.