updated: Nov 12, 2019 1:52PM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

Mixed swells affecting North, West & East facing shores. Powerful surf & currents at exposed locations.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Active winter swell pattern. North shores topping the surf heights in the 6-9' range and declining until the next NW swell arrives Thursday. Small South swell. Light Easterly tradewinds today becoming South Thurs. Calmest on South & East facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Tues. Nov. 19: multiple NW swells arriving Thurs. and Sat. Winds becoming light later in the week.

updated: Nov 12, 2019 1:52PM

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 6-9 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 3-6 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 3 Kealia 1-3 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 1-3 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 5 Poipu 2-5 ft. 5-15 kt fair
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 2-4 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 3-6 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Nov 12, 2019 1:52PM

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 6-9 ft.  
West 3-6 ft.  
South 2-5 ft. view graph
East 1-3 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.