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Paunch Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.9

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Paunch Reef Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.7 °C

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 19:41 Local time
Tuesday 11Wed
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 20
NNW 15
NW 20
W 20
Wind State cross-
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Paunch Reef in Bocas del Torro is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the ideal wave angle is from the northeast. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of urchins,rocks,etc.

Panama wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Bocas del Toro, Almirante Bay, Panama, 3 km from Paunch Reef.

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Paunch Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Bocas Del Toro Airport, 3 km from Paunch Reef.

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Current weather near Paunch Reef

Overall Paunch Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Town and city forecasts close to Paunch Reef:

  • Closest city location
    67 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Puerto Limon (Costa Rica)
    70 mi
  • Third closest city location
    San Isidro (Costa Rica)
    99 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Turrialba (Costa Rica)
    105 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Paraiso (Costa Rica)
    116 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Paunch Reef is Bocas Del Toro Airport (BOC) in Panama, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Paunch Reef is Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama, 32 km (20 miles) away.
  • Third is Limon International Airport (LIO) in Costa Rica, 108 km (67 miles) away.
  • Enrique Malek International (David) Airport (DAV) in Panama is 112 km (70 miles) away.
  • Coto 47 Airport (OTR) in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Paunch Reef and is 118 km (73 miles) away.
Paunch Reef break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Paunch Reef, Bocas del Toro. Use the tab navigation above to view Paunch Reef sea temperature, Paunch Reef photographs, Paunch Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Paunch Reef webcams, current wind from Bocas del Toro live weather stations and Paunch Reef tide predictions. The Panama swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Panama 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 Panama 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 Paunch Reef.