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Papatea Bay Surf Guide

Papatea Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the north. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded.

Papatea Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papatea Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Papatea Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in January while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 49% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
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
49%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Papatea Bay Location Map

Interactive Papatea 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.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Papatea Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 01:05 Local Time
Thursday 07
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
0.7
E
0.7
E
0.7
E
0.7
E
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h)
5
5
10
10
Wind State off off cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Papatea Bay

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

Wind History at Papatea Bay

Wind stats for Papatea Bay, 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 Papatea Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    15km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    31km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    38km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    40km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Papatea Bay: