updated: Mar 18, 2019 12:45PM

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. Dangerous around the ocean at exposed locations.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Powerful Northwest swell slowly declining today but will remain active this week with reinforcing advisory-level swells all week. Light Easterly winds. Calmest on South & East 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: Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sat. March 23: very active large Northwest swell pattern persisting through this week.

updated: Mar 18, 2019 12:45PM

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 20-40 ft. 10-15 kt. poor
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 20-35 ft. 10-15 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 2-4 ft. 10-15 kt. good
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 2-4 ft. 10-15 kt. good
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-3 ft. 5-15 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-3 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 10-20 ft. 10-15 kt. poor

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Mar 18, 2019 12:45PM

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 20-40 ft.  
West 10-20 ft.  
South 1-3 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.