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West Passage (Babelthuap) Surf Guide

West Passage (Babelthuap) in Palau is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. The best wind direction is from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. No reef break here. Good surf at all stages of the tide. The location means that it never gets crowded. Beware of - Rocks - Sharks.

West Passage (Babelthuap) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing West Passage (Babelthuap):

The best conditions reported for surf at West Passage (Babelthuap) occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing West Passage (Babelthuap) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in October while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 31% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore West Passage (Babelthuap) Location Map

Interactive West Passage (Babelthuap) 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 West Passage (Babelthuap) is Babelthuap Airport (ROR) in Palau Island, which is 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to West Passage (Babelthuap) is Yap International Airport (YAP) in Micronesia, 453 km (281 miles) away.

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West Passage (Babelthuap) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 20 August 2022, 11:58 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 5 5
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Swell History at West Passage (Babelthuap)

Surf stats for West Passage (Babelthuap), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at West Passage (Babelthuap)

Wind stats for West Passage (Babelthuap), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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