The Beach Guide

Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay - South Africa
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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.

Nearest city

Libode

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Coffee Bay Weather Info

Current weather (Wed Feb 26th 09:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
32°C / 90°F

Sea temperature
26.9°C
80.5°F
Wind NW
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:11
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Wed 26th
Partly cloudy 35°C / 95°F WSW

11 mph
18 km/h

Thu 27th
Heavy rain 20°C / 68°F SSW

9 mph
14 km/h

Fri 28th
Cloudy 15°C / 59°F SSE

10 mph
16 km/h

Sat 29th
Partly cloudy 19°C / 66°F E

13 mph
21 km/h

Sun 01st
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F E

9 mph
15 km/h

Mon 02nd
Partly cloudy 23°C / 73°F W

6 mph
9 km/h

5 Day Coffee Bay UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

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 light05:25
    Sunrise05:49
    Sunset18:42
    Dark19:07
  • 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 light05:25
    Sunrise05:50
    Sunset18:41
    Dark19:06
  • 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 light05:26
    Sunrise05:51
    Sunset18:40
    Dark19:05
  • 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 light05:27
    Sunrise05:52
    Sunset18:39
    Dark19:04
  • 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 light05:28
    Sunrise05:53
    Sunset18:38
    Dark19:02
  • 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 light05:29
    Sunrise05:53
    Sunset18:36
    Dark19:01

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