Half Moon Bay
The Canadian Bay Road reaches the coast at a 10 m high point that separates Half Moon and Canadian Bays. There is a reserve on the point with picnic facilities and a car park. A seawall protects the southern side of the point while, on the northern side,... Read more
The Canadian Bay Road reaches the coast at a 10 m high point that separates Half Moon and Canadian Bays. There is a reserve on the point with picnic facilities and a car park. A seawall protects the southern side of the point while, on the northern side, is a large boat club, and a second car park behind Canadian Bay at the end of Williams Road. A walking track runs along the bluffs above Canadian Bay.The two beaches face west and receive surf during strong westerlies. Half Moon Bay consists of over 200 m of high tide, sandy beach, which sweeps in three small arcs below the red bluffs and between more prominent reefs. At Canadian Bay there is a bar cut by rip channels along the southern half, with more rocks and reef along the northern half of the 850 m long, crenulate beach.
Both are relatively safe when waves are low, with care required at low tide around the rocks and reefs. Strong westerlies and higher waves generate strong rips along both beaches, with permanent rips during westerly conditions against the rocks and reefs.
Only during strong westerlies, when waves will break at high tide over the reefs at both beaches, and the bars at the southern end of Canadian Bay.
Two good locations with permanent rip holes and gutters against the many rocks and reefs, and in the Canadian Bay rip channels.
Two crenulate, sandy beaches backed by red bluffs and dominated by reefs, with good access and parking.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.