updated: Nov 21, 2017 8:40AM

Kauai Ocean Report

Supported by the Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau. Forecast and warning information provided by the National Weather Service.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH FACING SHORES. Expect powerful surf & currents on North, West and East facing shores.

Consult lifeguards before entering the water - WHEN IN DOUBT DON'T GO OUT!

Ocean Report Discussion

North shores topping the surf heights in the 8-16' range and declining before another Warning-level North swell builds Wed-Thurs. Easterly tradewinds and choppy East wind swell building today and becoming quite rough as the week progresses. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sun Nov 26: active Northwest swell pattern with the next large swell arriving Wed. Easterly tradewinds through the forecast.

updated: Nov 21, 2017 8:40AM

Lifeguard Surf Observations

Lifeguards report on current ocean conditions daily at 9AM. Lifeguard tower locations correspond to those shown on the surf observations table.

Station Surf Wind Visibility
life guard tower 1 Haena 10-16 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 6-12 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 3 Kealia 3-6 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 2-5 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-4 ft. 10-20 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-3 ft. 10-20 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 2-5 ft. 10-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Nov 21, 2017 8:40AM

Forecast Surf Heights

National Weather Service predicted surf heights are based on a Oahu forecasting system. Kauai forcast coming soon.

Location Surf heights Tides
North 10-16 ft.  
West 2-4 ft.  
South 1-4 ft. view graph
East 3-6 ft. view graph

Surf heights are forecast heights of the face or front of waves. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone. National Weather Service Weather Hotline: 808-245-6001

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Beach Safety

Varied shoreline topography and constantly changing conditions make our beaches great for activities, but often dangerous and suited for experienced water people only. Plan for a safe vacation with education.