Coffee Bay is situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape and the beach’s name in a way reflects this. The story goes that in 1893 a ship carrying coffee beans was driven ashore here during a storm. Somehow a fair few of these beans managed to take root and so the bay was named. Unfortunately you’ll be wasting your time looking for said plants as the soil was too salty and none remain. You won’t, however, be wasting your time by spending a bit of time in this beautiful, laid back corner of South Africa.
Set at the mouth of the Mthatha River the beach here is a stretch of golden sand backed by the rolling hills of the Transkei. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Coffee Bay a great spot for any number of water based activities including surfing, fishing and diving. It is also a great starting point for coastal walks to the many other beautiful beaches in the area and the “Hole in the Wall”, a huge rock arch in cliffs just off the coast.
Despite being not quite as wild and remote as it once was this spot feels a million miles away from the hustle of Durban, a couple of hundred kilometers up the coast. The small village set on the hills behind the beach is wonderfully chilled out and home to a popular backpackers.
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Coffee Bay Weather Info
Current weather (Wed Feb 26th 09:00)
32°C / 90°F
Week weather forecast
Wed 26th35°C / 95°F
Thu 27th20°C / 68°F
Fri 28th15°C / 59°F
Sat 29th19°C / 66°F
Sun 01st28°C / 82°F
Mon 02nd23°C / 73°F
5 Day Coffee Bay UV Index
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Coffee Bay tide times & sea state
Wed 26/02 »
Surf report for Wed 26/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 6ft 11s 20mph 11:00 5ft 11s 14mph 17:00 5ft 11s 13mph Tide times High 5:15am (2.01m) Low 11:19am (0.46m) High 5:22pm (1.92m) Low 11:26pm (0.40m) Daylight First light 05:25 Sunrise 05:49 Sunset 18:42 Dark 19:07
Thu 27/02 »
Surf report for Thu 27/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 6ft 6s 21mph 11:00 5ft 20s 14mph 17:00 6ft 18s 14mph Tide times High 5:41am (1.98m) Low 11:46am (0.50m) High 5:47pm (1.87m) Low 11:53pm (0.47m) Daylight First light 05:25 Sunrise 05:50 Sunset 18:41 Dark 19:06
Fri 28/02 »
Surf report for Fri 28/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 8ft 15s 24mph 11:00 8ft 14s 22mph 17:00 8ft 13s 22mph Tide times High 6:06am (1.92m) Low 12:14pm (0.57m) High 6:14pm (1.79m) Daylight First light 05:26 Sunrise 05:51 Sunset 18:40 Dark 19:05
Sat 29/02 »
Surf report for Sat 29/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 12s 13mph 11:00 6ft 12s 15mph 17:00 6ft 12s 20mph Tide times Low 12:19am (0.56m) High 6:33am (1.84m) Low 12:44pm (0.66m) High 6:43pm (1.69m) Daylight First light 05:27 Sunrise 05:52 Sunset 18:39 Dark 19:04
Sun 01/03 »
Surf report for Sun 01/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 11s 27mph 11:00 8ft 6s 29mph 17:00 9ft 7s 32mph Tide times Low 12:48am (0.67m) High 7:04am (1.74m) Low 1:18pm (0.77m) High 7:18pm (1.57m) Daylight First light 05:28 Sunrise 05:53 Sunset 18:38 Dark 19:02
Mon 02/03 »
Surf report for Mon 02/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 13s 7mph 11:00 6ft 13s 7mph 17:00 6ft 12s 22mph Tide times Low 1:22am (0.79m) High 7:45am (1.62m) Low 2:04pm (0.88m) High 8:08pm (1.44m) Daylight First light 05:29 Sunrise 05:53 Sunset 18:36 Dark 19:01