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Coves ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.0

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Coves Surf Guide

Coves in New Georgia is an exposed reef break that has very reliable surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A reef breaks left. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include coral and sharks.

Coves Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
30.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Coves:

The best conditions reported for surf at Coves 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 Coves (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Coves with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in April while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 43% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
38%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
19%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
43%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Coves Location Map

Interactive Coves 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 Coves is Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport (POM) in Papua New Guinea, which is 1105 km (686 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Coves is Nadzab Airport (LAE), also in Papua New Guinea, 1182 km (734 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Coves Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 08:32 Local Time
Monday 12
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m) 0.5
S
0.5
S
0.5
S
0.4
SSW
Period (s) 7 7 7 6
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 5
NNW 10
WNW 10
WNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross-
on

Swell History at Coves

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

Wind History at Coves

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Coves. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    27km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    30km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    32km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    35km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    36km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Coves:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.