Many marinas that have easy access to the ocean are subject to surge and wind wave movement that may detract from their appeal. Yamba Marina is unique in that it is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean but it sits in a protected boat harbour. As an example, during the 2016 storm that badly damaged Coffs Harbour Marina, Yamba suffered no damage at all. Winds of over 100kms an hour were recorded but the marina remained unaffected. Because of the nature of the marina the floating pontoons move up and down with the tide but are unaffected by sideways movement from surge or wind waves. All this within minutes of safe ocean access at the mouth of the Clarence River.