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Paunch Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.9

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Paunch Reef break guidePhoto by: Ernesto Gutierrez

Paunch Reef Surf Guide

Paunch Reef in Bocas del Torro is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the ideal wave angle is from the northeast. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of urchins,rocks,etc.

Paunch Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent30.1°C

Surfing Paunch Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Paunch Reef occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

Panama wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Paunch Reef sea temperature, Paunch Reef photographs, Paunch Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Paunch Reef webcams, current wind from Bocas del Toro live weather stations and Paunch Reef tide predictions. The Panama swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Panama and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Panama wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Paunch Reef

Paunch Reef Surf:

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 23:56 Local time
SunMonday 01
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 5
SSW 10
W 10
Wind State cross-
off off

Tide Times:

For Bocas del Toro, Almirante Bay, Panama, 3 km from Paunch Reef.

IS AT (local time)

Paunch Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At ASCAT279E9N, 111 km from Paunch Reef.


Air temperature
- °C

Current weather near Paunch Reef

Overall Paunch Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in June


Surf stats for Paunch Reef: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Paunch Reef: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Paunch rigth, Paunch Reef photo

Paunch Reef

Photo credit: Ernesto Gutierrez

Paunch Rigth, Paunch Reef photo

Paunch Reef

Photo credit: Ernesto Gutierrez

Paunch Reef Location Maps

Paunch Reef Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Bocas del Toro surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Paunch Reef

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Paunch Reef:

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Wave buoys nearest to Paunch Reef:

Tide stations nearest to Paunch Reef:

  • Closest tide station
    Bocas del Toro, Almirante Bay
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    12 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    69 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    71 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    81 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Paunch Reef is Bocas Del Toro Airport (BOC) in Panama, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Paunch Reef is Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama, 32 km (20 miles) away.
  • Third is Limon International Airport (LIO) in Costa Rica, 108 km (67 miles) away.
  • Enrique Malek International (David) Airport (DAV) in Panama is 112 km (70 miles) away.
  • Coto 47 Airport (OTR) in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Paunch Reef and is 118 km (73 miles) away.
Paunch Reef break location map and break info