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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Richards Bay, South Africa

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Richards Bay...

Richards Bay is a coastal city in South Africa. It is a quite mid-size city in proximity to the ocean with a population of 252968 people. The water temperature around Richards Bay varies slightly year round. The temperature ranges from 20°C (68°F) in July up to 25.6°C (78.1°F) in the month of February, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 23°C (74°F) and the best time for water activities is late winter, since Richards Bay is located in the southern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Richards Bay?

The current water temperature in the month of February in the waters near Richards Bay is about:
26°C (78°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

There are not too many surf spots in close proximity to Richards Bay. A good spot nearby is Richards Bay, which is 4km (34.4miles) away from Richards Bay. Click here to check out more information on Richards Bay and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Richards Bay are Cape Vidal, which is 55.4km (34.4miles) away, and Ballito, located 71.7km (44.5miles) from Richards Bay.

Are there beaches close by?

No, not many beaches are near to Richards Bay. The next good beach is Ponto DOuro, which is 148.4km (92.2miles) away from Richards Bay. If you don't mind the long travel, you can also try Kidds Beach, which is approximately 392.8km (244miles) away from Richards Bay.

What wetsuit thickness is recommended for Richards Bay?

The water temperature around Richards Bay is very warm, reaching up to 26°C (78°F) in the months of January, February, and March. During this time, in the late summer, a rashguard or light top might be required for sensitive people, but most will be fine without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during June, July, and August, water temperatures cool down to approximately 20°C (68°F). During this time, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be required to be in the water for a good amount of time, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top. For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a 4/3 wetsuit.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Richards Bay?

Due to comparatively large water temperature changes during the year, fishing and Scuba diving conditions alter quite a bit depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 20 to 25°C (68-77°F) during June, July, and August. Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions typically change during January, February, and March when temperatures range from 21 to 26°C (69-78°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Barracuda, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Directions to Richards Bay: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Richards Bay...

Do you know what the the city San Pedro in the United States, the city Saint-Viaud in the France, and the city Xike in the China have in common with Richards Bay? Click on the links to find out...