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Rutaki Passage ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 4.7

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Rutaki Passage Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 25.0 °C

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Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:37 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 16 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 35
ESE 35
ESE 35
ESE 40
Wind State cross-

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Rutaki Passage in Raratonga is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf The best wind direction is from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for coral.

Cook Islands wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 8 km from Rutaki Passage.

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Rutaki Passage Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At At The Dive Base Inave Arorangi wx, 5 km from Rutaki Passage.

wind obs. (1.6 kph from 71 degs) was rejected

Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
25.9 °C

Current weather near Rutaki Passage

Overall Rutaki Passage Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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Ski Resorts closest to Rutaki Passage:

  • Closest ski area
    Tukino (New Zealand)
    1914 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Whakapapa (New Zealand)
    1915 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Turoa (New Zealand)
    1919 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Manganui (New Zealand)
    1984 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Rainbow (New Zealand)
    2134 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Rutaki Passage:

  • Closest city location
    Punaauia (French Polynesia)
    711 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Faaa (French Polynesia)
    713 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Papeete (French Polynesia)
    714 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Apia (Samoa)
    935 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Labasa (Fiji)
    1401 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Rutaki Passage is Rarotonga International (Avarua) Airport (RAR) in Cook Islands, which is 7 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Rutaki Passage is Aitutaki Airport (AIT), also in Cook Islands, 271 km (168 miles) away.
Rutaki Passage break location map and break info

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