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Rutaki Passage ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 4.7

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Rutaki Passage Surf Guide

Rutaki Passage in Raratonga is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf The best wind direction is from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for coral.

Rutaki Passage Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s54.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rutaki Passage:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Rutaki Passage with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in March while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
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
37%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rutaki Passage Location Map

Interactive Rutaki Passage 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 Rutaki Passage is Rarotonga International (Avarua) Airport (RAR) in Cook Islands, which is 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Rutaki Passage is Aitutaki Airport (AIT), also in Cook Islands, 271 km (168 miles) away.

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Rutaki Passage Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:34 Local Time
Wednesday 03
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
Period (s) 18 18 18 17
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
NNW 5
N 10
NNW
Wind State glass glass cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Rutaki Passage

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

Wind History at Rutaki Passage

Wind stats for Rutaki Passage, 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 Rutaki Passage. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    9km away

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