Whale Bay

Quality Rating: 
9
Wave Type: 
Left point
Wave Size Min: 
2.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Fat
Wally
Long
Optimal Swell Direction: 
SW
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SE
Tide: 
Low
Beach Type: 
Rock
Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Crowd Level: 
9
Danger: 
Cafeful on the rocks, and watch the rock in the middle of the break.

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Description: 

Whale Bay is the second break of the world class Raglan point breaks. Whale Bay is a long left hand point break on a boulder/rock beach. The wave is the softer wave out of the three Raglan points. The wave starts with a easy drop in, into a fat section, then there is a great big rock to avoid in the middle of the break, the wave then boils and sucks up a bit more with a faster section. It is better on the lower tide.  Jump off the rocks at the point, western end of the bay to join the line up. be careful on the rocks. Good anywhere from 2-12 foot. On a huge, epic day you can surf right through from Indicators, to Whale Bay, to Manu Bay. All the Raglan breaks are very popular and get really crowded, so know the rules and respect the locals. Experienced surfers only, best for intermediate to expert surfers.

Directions: 
From Hamilton head west on Whatawhata Road State Highway 23, all the way to Raglan. In Raglan you will enter on Main Road, which then turns into Bow Street. Continue to the first roundabout and turn left onto Bankart Street, then turn left at the next roundabout onto Wainui Road. Continue on Wainui Road past the Manu Bay Reserve, then turn right onto Calvert Road, then turn right onto Tohora Close. Find a park around here, it can be very busy in summer. There is a walk way at the end of Tohora Close that will take you past the houses and down to the beach.
Nearest Town: 
Raglan
Nearest City: 
Hamilton
Travel Time from City: 
50mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Facilities: 
Toilets
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