updated: Feb 17, 2019 7:36AM

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, EAST & WEST FACING SHORES. Use caution on North, East & West facing shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Stormy conditions with large Northeast swell and breezy North winds through today, then declining. Use caution on North, East and West facing shoes. No access to Haena or Na Pali. Calmest on South facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sun Feb 24: NE swell shifting more NW. East swell building mid-week. Winds becoming lighter mid week.

updated: Feb 17, 2019 7:36AM

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. 15-25 kt. poor
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 10-16 ft. 15-25 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 10-18 ft. 15-25 kt. poor
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 10-16 ft. 15-25 kt. fair
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-2 ft. 10-20 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-2 ft. 10-20 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 6-10 ft. 15-25 kt. poor

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Feb 17, 2019 7:36AM

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 12-20 ft.  
West 6-10 ft.  
South 12-18 ft. view graph
East 1-2 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.