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Watamu Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.4

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Watamu Bay Surf Guide

Watamu Bay in Kenya is an exposed reef break. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east southeast. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown. Hazards include - Urchins - Rocks.

Watamu Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
27.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Watamu Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Watamu Bay occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Watamu Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 24% of the time in December while 76% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
24%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
76%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Watamu Bay Location Map

Interactive Watamu 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. The closest passenger airport to Watamu Bay is Malindi Airport (MYD) in Kenya, which is 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Watamu Bay is Moi International (Mombasa) Airport (MBA), also in Kenya, 90 km (56 miles) away.

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Watamu Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 5 March 2021, 00:10 Local Time
Friday 05
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m) 0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
NE 10
NNE 20
NE
Wind State cross-
on
cross cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Watamu Bay

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

Wind History at Watamu Bay

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Watamu Bay:

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