updated: Nov 22, 2019 12:28PM

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 EAST FACING SHORES. Rough, dangerous conditions on East, North & West facing shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Rough conditions, powerful surf & currents at many locations around Kauai today. Strong Easterly tradewinds has created choppy East wind-swell that will affect all East-exposed locations. Also, solid NW swell in the 10-14' range. Calmest at sheltered South shore locations. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Thurs. Nov. 28: more NW swell this weekend. East exposed locations will have rough and choppy conditions through this weekend.

updated: Nov 22, 2019 12:28PM

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. 15-30 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 6-12 ft. 15-30 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 6-10 ft. 20-30 kt. poor
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 6-10 ft. 20-30 kt. poor
life guard tower 5 Poipu 2-5 ft. 15-30 kt fair
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-4 ft. 15-30 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 6-10 ft. 15-30 kt. poor

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Nov 22, 2019 12:28PM

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 10-14 ft.  
West 6-10 ft.  
South 1-4 ft. view graph
East 6-10 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.