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Motels ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 2.8

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Motels Surf Guide

Motels in Tongatapu is a quite exposed reef break that has dependable surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. A reef breaks left. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of coral.

Motels Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
26.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Motels:

The best conditions reported for surf at Motels occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Motels with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 61% of the time in July while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
61%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
22%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
17%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Motels Location Map

Interactive Motels 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 Motels is Fua Amotu International (Tongatapu) Airport (TBU) in Tonga, which is 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Motels is Haapai (Ha'apai) Airport (HPA), also in Tonga, 180 km (112 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Motels Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 01:30 Local Time
MonTuesday 18
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m) 0.7
SW
0.7
SW
0.7
SW
0.6
SW
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 25
E 25
E 30
E 30
E
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Motels

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

Wind History at Motels

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

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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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