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Buoy Explorer, created specifically for surfers, kayakers, fishermen, boaters, and water sports enthusiasts. Provides marine weather conditions for 100s of locations worldwide. Easily view swell height, swell period, swell direction, water temperature, wind strength, wind direction, and air temperature. Download Buoy Explorer now to have quick access to critical marine data.

◆ Quick access to marine conditions for any NOAA and NDBC buoy location in the world
◆ 5-day historical wind and swell data for many stations
◆ Easily search for buoys by location or via a map
◆ Bookmark favorite and interesting buoys

If you enjoy kayaking, surfing, sailing, boating, or any activity that involves the ocean Buoy Explorer helps you determine if the conditions are favorable. Using swell and wind data provided by the app allows you to forecast how conditions will be at your favorite locations.

Favorite and unfavorite a buoy by tapping on the star icon. To switch between favorited buoys just swipe left or right. Return to the main menu by swiping all the way to the right. To display measurements in metric units just tap on the gear icon.

Buoy locations and available data can be found on the NOAA and NDBC website (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/). Some buoys only provide limited data.

Buoy Explorer is run by fellow water enthusiast Matthew Morey. Please send all bugs and feature request to support@buoyexplorer.com.

What's New

Version 1.2.3

Minor bug fixes related to unfavoriting stations

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5

25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Not worth the money


I downloaded the app for mere sake of simplicity. It had the things I wanted such as wind speed wave height and seconds between swells. Upon paying 5 dollars i quickly found out app is only updated once an hour and doesn't show real time info if any info at all for the buoy you select. Upon speaking with customer service they stated and quote "Unfortunately most of the buoys in the Chesapeake area are older models that don't have all the necessary physical sensors available. Most people in that area just use data from multiple buoys to estimate the conditions for the areas they care about. I have requested the NDBC/NOAA to add more buoys to this area but it is not a priority for them". Support did seem interested in making the app better however for 5 bucks they should of addressed that prior to launching the app. This may be better in other areas that have updated sensors per-sae however I would not spend five dollars again

Best way to check buoys


I'm an avid surfer. I love relying on buoy data to know if certain spots are working, but most NOAA websites are just hideous and illegible. Buoy Explorer has the nicest interface of any buoy app I've seen - I rely on it now more than any other app for surfing. Worth every cent.

Do NOT get this app!


I have a refund pending. Wish I read all of the reviews. This app crashes every single time I open it. At any price (let alone $4.99) an app should work as advertised. This is the only app I have requested a refund for.


Matthew Morey
3.4 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Matthew Morey


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