Ocean Tide Apps
Monitor your tides
Whether you are a surfer or beach walker, having knowledge of how high or low the tides will be is important. Many will carry around paper books that have this, but these need to be updated every year and can get lost. There are a few apps that can help you have this info everywhere you go. We compare our favorites in this AppGuide.
Tide Graph and its counterpart iPad app are the essential tide apps for iOS. This one is for US only. It will work across both coastal lines. It provides detailed info on what time the high tide happens and what time the low tide happens. You’ll also get the level of tide during the day. The graph helps you visually see how the tide changes over the day and the month. The interface is great and the content is top notch. Tide Graph is the essential tide app for the iPhone.
World Tides 2011 is the best alternative to Tide Graph. This $1.99 app will work in countries outside the U.S.A. Supported countries include Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Japan, Malaysia, and some of South Africa, Central America, South America and some of the Pacific Islands. The data is accurate and the app is easy to use. World Tides 2011 is the best alternative to the essential app out there.
Shralp Tide is your best free option. The reviewers in iTunes have complained because their location is not in this app. In our testing we found that plenty of locations are here and even some countries outside states are supported. You get both a simple chart and a graph of the tides in this app. Instead of having the full year's worth of data, this app will give you the current day along with the next four days. Shralp Tide is a free app that will be enough for many people.
by Seaside Apps
Looking for a clock that also shows you the tide? Well iCTides might be your new favorite app. The clock/tide app changes its background throughout the day as the tide changes. The clock will also tell you when the tide is rising or lowering. This app will work best in the states and you will have hit or miss luck internationally. A simple app that works really well.
Tide Master is limited by its small location database. You will only have access to 180 surfing spots within this app. The interface is pretty good and follows the standard elements you will find in other iOS apps. Once the developer adds more locations, this will be an app we could recommend.
by cgCraft LLC
Surf Watch is a pretty good app. The price kills this app. At $9.99 you could buy both versions of Tide Graph and still have an extra $5 left over. This app is highly tuned for surfers. It will even send a push notifications when conditions are right for surfing. A nice app, but a bit pricey.