updated: Oct 15, 2018 10:55AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

Potential for powerful surf & currents on all shores. Use caution at exposed locations, outer reefs and channels.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Active surf continues around Kauai today. Declining South swell in the 4-7' range. Increasing Easterly tradewinds and choppy East wind-swell. A significant, advisory-level Northwest swell is forecast to build Tues. No access to Haena or Na Pali. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Hanalei, Anahola, Kealia, Lydgate, Kekaha.
Outlook to Sun Oct 21: Larger NW swell building Tues. Easterly tradewinds returning, along with choppy East wind-swell.

updated: Oct 15, 2018 10:55AM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Oct 15, 2018 10:55AM

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 3-5 ft.  
West 2-4 ft.  
South 4-7 ft. view graph
East 2-4 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.