updated: Mar 19, 2020 11:46AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

No official surf advisories. Brown water at many locations due to recent rains. Rising Northwest swell later today-Fri.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Rising surf & changing conditions as a new Northwest swell builds this afternoon to advisory levels by Friday. South winds & potential for more rain. Winds shifting East this weekend. Brown water advisory at many Kauai beaches. Calmest on South facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Kee, Hanalei Pavilion, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Thurs March 26: active Northwest swell pattern through this weekend. Strengthening Easterly tradewinds & choppy wind-swell.

updated: Mar 19, 2020 11:46AM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Mar 19, 2020 11:46AM

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 2-4 ft. view graph
East 3-5 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.