updated: Dec 11, 2018 11:05AM

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. Powerful surf & currents on East, North & West facing shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Continued moderate Easterly tradewinds + choppy East wind-swell affecting all East-exposed locations. Active Northwest swell pattern through the forecast, becoming much larger later in the week. Calmest on South facing shores. No access to Haena or Na Pali. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Hanalei Pavilion, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Mon Dec 17: more NW swell late today into Wed, then warning-level NW swell possible this weekend. Easterly tradewinds.

updated: Dec 11, 2018 11:05AM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Dec 11, 2018 11:05AM

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 5-8 ft.  
West 3-5 ft.  
South 1-3 ft. view graph
East 5-10 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.