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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 Surf Guide

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.

Cannibal Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cannibal Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cannibal Bay occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cannibal Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 42% of the time in May while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Cannibal Bay 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 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.

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Cannibal Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 21:26 Local Time
SatSunday 09
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 15 14 14 15
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
N 10
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Cannibal Bay

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

Wind History at Cannibal Bay

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

Cannibal Bay Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s54.5
  • Camping:Icon  s33.0
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Kieren Gray from Australia
“No Crowds, middle of nowhere, great surf peeling in the corners and fun beach break.”

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