updated: Nov 15, 2019 10:12AM

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 NORTH FACING SHORES. Rising surf & dangerous currents on North & West shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Use caution on North & West facing shores. Active winter Northwest swell pattern through this weekend. Unstable weather as a front approaches from the Northwest. South winds clocking Northerly tonight. 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 Thurs. Nov. 21: larger Northwest swell building to near Warning levels Sat. Unstable weather as a front approaches later today.

updated: Nov 15, 2019 10:12AM

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 10-16 ft. 5-10 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 8-12 ft. 5-10 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 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 4-8 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Nov 15, 2019 10:12AM

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 14-18 ft.  
West 6-10 ft.  
South 1-3 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.