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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 surf spot in South Africa. The water temperature around Richards Bay has average variability during the year. 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 at Richards Bay?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Richards Bay is about:
22°C (72°F)

Are there any other surf spots close by?

There are not too many surf spots in proximity to Richards Bay. A spot, which is not too far away, is Cape Vidal, which is 54.6km (33.9miles) away from Richards Bay. Click here to check out more information on Cape Vidal and its current water temperature. Another fun surfspot near Richards Bay is Ballito, which is roughly 73.2km (45.5miles) away.

Are there beautiful beaches near by?

No, not many beaches are near to Richards Bay. A beach, which is not too far away, is Ponto DOuro, which is almost 148.5km (92.2miles) away from Richards Bay. If you don't mind the long travel, you can also check out Kidds Beach, roughly 393.9km (244.6miles) away from Richards Bay.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is recommended for Richards Bay?

The water temperature at 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 1mm top might be required for sensitive people, but most people will be fine without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during June, July, and August, temperatures reach lows of roughly 20°C (68°F). During this time, a 3/2 wetsuit might be required to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top. For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring 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 change quite a bit depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 20 to 25°C (68-77°F) during summer. Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions typically change during January, February, and March when water temperatures go up to 21 to 26°C (69-78°F). Fish which can often be found in waters of this temperature range 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 Sangay in the Philippines, the city Klappholz in the Germany, and the city Vallo della Lucania in the Italy have in common with Richards Bay? Click on the links to find out...