updated: Jan 16, 2018 12:19PM

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 & WEST FACING SHORES. Potential for powerful surf & currents at exposed locations.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

North & West facing shores topping the surf heights in the 12-18' range today. Easterly tradewinds and choppy East wind-swell building, becoming very breezy and rough as the week progresses. Calmest on South facing shores. Aways use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Mon Jan 22: more Northwest swell building Wed. East wind-swell becoming rough during the second half of this week

updated: Jan 16, 2018 12:19PM

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 12-18 ft. 10-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 8-14 ft. 10-15 kt. fair
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 1-3 ft. 10-15 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-2 ft. 10-15 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 6-10 ft. 10-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Jan 16, 2018 12:19PM

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 12-18 ft.  
West 6-10 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.