Cat Bay

Cat Bay

Victoria, Phillip Island


On big swells, when other spots on the south facing coasts are too challenging, Cat Bay is home to a couple of waves that are best suited for experienced surfers. In between these spots, in the middle of Shelley Beach, is also a fun flat reef bottomed wave that provides an opportunity to practise catching soft reef break waves when the surf is small. Due to the waves breaking over reef, this wave should only be surfed at high tide on small wave days by surfers who can catch green waves and turn with control - Cat Bay does get busy in the line up so make sure sound surfing etiquette is displayed.

Wave Type
Cruisy, spilling waves (mostly lefts) break over the reef and sand that are best caught on a surfboard with volume due to the lack of power on small days. Make sure you paddle out around the peak in the deep channel after each ride.

Give this spot a miss when the waves are big and also at low tide. Head to the south facing beach breaks, like Smiths Beach on the southern part of Phillip Island when the surf in Cat Bay is flat.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South West to South winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Moderate West swells and big South West swells.

Hazards
- Rocks
- Rip Currents
- Marine Life

Have fun surfing Phillip Island by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
A car park is located behind the foreshore.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Not patrolled. Head to Smiths Beach or the even safer Cowes Beach for a patrolled beach - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Amenities
The closest toilets are located at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

Closest Shops
Head into Cowes for a good range of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Photos of Cat Bay

Cat Bay Phillip Island on a common flat surf day.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe