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Nungwi Reefs break guidePhoto by: Sbomboclat

Nungwi Reefs Surf Guide

Nungwi Reefs in Zanzibar is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. The best wind direction is from the southwest. The ideal swell direction from the east. There is no reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. The location means that it never gets crowded. Hazards include - Rocks.

Nungwi Reefs Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Nungwi Reefs:

The best conditions reported for surf at Nungwi Reefs occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Nungwi Reefs with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 71% of the time in May while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% 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 Nungwi Reefs Location Map

Interactive Nungwi Reefs 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 Nungwi Reefs is Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) in Tanzania, 57 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Nungwi Reefs is Tanga Airport (TGT), also in Tanzania, 74 km (46 miles) away.

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Nungwi Reefs Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 00:54 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-

Swell History at Nungwi Reefs

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

Wind History at Nungwi Reefs

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

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