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Bay of Plenty Surf Guide

Bay of Plenty in Banyak Islands is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf. May-Oct (Dry Season) is the best time of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The left hand reef break is better than the right.. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

Bay of Plenty Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
29.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bay of Plenty:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bay of Plenty occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Bay of Plenty (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Bay of Plenty with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 65% of the time in June while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
65%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
35%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bay of Plenty Location Map

Interactive Bay of Plenty surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Bay of Plenty is Binaka (Gunung Sitoli) Airport (GNS) in Indonesia, which is 108 km (67 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Bay of Plenty is Polonia (Medan) Airport (MES), also in Indonesia, 223 km (139 miles) away.

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Bay of Plenty Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 May 2022, 19:10 Local Time
Friday 27Sat
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m)
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
Period (s) 12 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
25
25
25
30
Wind State cross cross-
on
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Swell History at Bay of Plenty

Surf stats for Bay of Plenty, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Bay of Plenty

Wind stats for Bay of Plenty, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Bay of Plenty Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.4
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s55.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s55.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s54.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Gary from Australia
“We were the first visitors to the new bungalows,no comment on that experience. I would recommend planning your trip from mid May on when the swell trains become more consistent,we were there in march of 2013 and the waves were on the smaller side.for the 10 days we were there.

GUNTERS: Diamond shaped reef break in front of the camp

Fast breaking right hander with great potential on larger swells.probably would have a few good tube sections and may break wider and go around the corner into the bay.Works all tides with finger coral bottom..booties are a must. Fun wave at 3-4 ft down the line with few cutback possibilities.

LOLOKS : Didn't turn on when we were there however would be the power wave of the bay picking up the brunt of the swell on the head of the bay. Some nasty coral blooms in sections ...experience required.

Bottom line. This is as remote as it gets and not a place to bring partners unless they surf of course.Like any planned trip the risk is timing of swell during the stay period. it is an adventure to get there and to get decent waves would make it a lifetime memory. Tip...If the swell isn't happening in the bay forget treasures go around the back of the point and cobra logs could be firing.....left hand reef break more open to picking up the SW swell direction.”

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