updated: Apr 14, 2018 1:45PM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

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

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Powerful Northwest swell in the 15-25' range today. Also, Easterly tradewinds strengthening along with choppy Easterly wind-swell. Brown water + flooding at many locations around Kauai today due to last night's heavy rain. Calmest on South facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sat April 21: NW swell peaking today then declining into next week. Easterly tradewinds and choppy wind-swell increasing this into the upcoming week.

updated: Apr 14, 2018 1:45PM

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 20-25 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 15-20 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 4-7 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 4-7 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-4 ft. 10-20 kt fair
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-3 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 10-15 ft. 10-15 kt. poor

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Apr 14, 2018 1:45PM

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 20-25 ft.  
West 15-20 ft.  
South 1-4 ft. view graph
East 4-8 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.