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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 Forecast / Catlins / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 pm Friday 14 May 2021 NZST
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Cannibal Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cannibal Bay sea temperature is 13.0 °C (Statistics for 14 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.3 max: 11.8 min: 8.7 °C)
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Cannibal Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Cannibal Bay sea temperature is 13.0 °C (Statistics for 14 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.3 max: 11.8 min: 8.7 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Still cross-shore at Cannibal Bay (fresh winds from the NE at NuggetPointAws 5 km from Cannibal Bay).

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Actual: 46 min ago

Strong
37 km/h
NE
Cross-Shore
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Cannibal Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Cannibal Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Friday (May 14) at 9PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 3.0m and 9s period with a secondary swell of 1.9m and 9s. Another secondary swell of 1.0m and 15s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-shore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Cannibal Bay in the next 12 days are 6.0m 15s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 18) at 3PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 3.0m 9s period and expected on Saturday (May 15) at 12AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 9PM (Fri 14th May)10ft (3.0m) 9s
Best Surf 9PM (Fri 14th May)10ft (3.0m) 9s
Most Powerful 3PM (Tue 18th May)20ft (6.0m) 15s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Cannibal Bay over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Fri
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wed
26
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.216.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.240.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.264.cc23
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1.1
SSW
1.8
ENE
1.4
ENE
1.1
ENE
1.6
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.6
S
1.2
S
1
S
0.9
SW
5
SW
6
SW
5
SW
4.5
SW
1.7
SSW
1.2
SSW
0.9
SW
1.3
S
1.2
S
1.1
S
1.4
SW
2.1
SSW
1.8
SSW
1.6
SSW
2
SSW
3.5
SSW
5.5
SW
3.5
SSW
3
SSW
3.5
SSW
2.5
S
2.1
SSE
1.3
SE
1.1
SE
0.7
SSW
15910111214121212121313151513141413101111141615141517171716161098818
5515213412867711099847748416280238843214953107436450111148624132533830771121911412107216486273175416410425755021252721239145333
35
NE
25
NNE
30
W
30
W
10
NW
20
NE
10
NW
15
NW
15
NNW
15
WNW
30
NW
40
W
35
W
25
SSE
20
SW
20
WSW
10
NW
10
NNW
15
NNW
30
W
25
W
25
WNW
30
WNW
30
W
30
W
10
NW
15
NW
15
WNW
30
W
10
SSW
10
E
10
NNW
10
N
15
NE
10
NNE
10
N
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
oncrosscross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
4:39PM
2.30
4:51AM
2.24
5:19PM
2.25
5:30AM
2.18
6:03PM
2.20
6:17AM
2.13
6:51PM
2.15
7:10AM
2.09
7:45PM
2.12
8:10AM
2.08
8:44PM
2.12
9:12AM
2.12
9:45PM
2.16
10:12AM
2.19
10:43PM
2.23
11:08AM
2.29
11:38PM
2.33
12:02PM
2.41
12:30AM
2.42
12:54PM
2.51
1:22AM
2.51
1:47PM
2.59
2:13AM
2.56
10:52PM
1.05
11:08AM
0.99
11:32PM
1.08
11:51AM
1.01
12:16AM
1.10
12:39PM
1.03
1:06AM
1.11
1:34PM
1.03
2:01AM
1.10
2:33PM
1.02
3:01AM
1.07
3:33PM
0.97
4:02AM
1.01
4:31PM
0.90
5:01AM
0.93
5:27PM
0.83
5:56AM
0.84
6:22PM
0.75
6:48AM
0.75
7:15PM
0.69
7:40AM
0.67
8:07PM
0.66
8:31AM
0.62

Note: the tide data above is for Nugget Point, New Zealand which is 5 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Cannibal Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Cannibal Bay blow from the NW

Fri
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wed
26
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
light rain
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
cloudy
light rain
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
some cloudslight rainsome cloudsclearlight rainlight rainlight rainsome cloudscloudylight rainrain shwrslight rainmod. rainheavy rainrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudslight rainrain shwrsrain shwrscloudysome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclear
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111010107997108756789612118810121314131214139997986
109996886684465775610779111213101013109976866
87775674853-11556310944791112111013118885764
--7:54--7:56--7:56--7:58--8:00--8:00--8:02--8:03--8:03--8:04--8:06--8:07
5:19--5:17--5:16--5:15--5:15--5:14--5:13--5:12--5:10--5:09--5:08--5:07--

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Fri night. Very mild (max 11°C on Fri afternoon, min 6°C on Sat night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Fri night, light winds from the N by Sat night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 44mm), heaviest during Tue night. Very mild (max 12°C on Thu morning, min 4°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WSW on Mon night, light winds from the NW by Tue night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 8mm), mostly falling on Thu night. Very mild (max 14°C on Sat afternoon, min 7°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Thu night, light winds from the NW by Sat night).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 2mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Very mild (max 14°C on Sun afternoon, min 6°C on Tue morning). Mainly fresh winds.

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Information about the Cannibal Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Cannibal Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Cannibal Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Cannibal Bay surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Cannibal Bay) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Cannibal Bay may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Cannibal Bay is 88 km (55 miles) from Dunedin. If you plan a holiday in Catlins, look for hotels and other accommodation in Dunedin. Dunedin has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.