updated: Jan 27, 2015 5:12AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

Use caution on North & West facing shores. Rising NW swell later today with potential for strong currents.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Active winter surf pattern continues with North & West facing shores topping the surf heights. Surf is smaller this am but forecast to rise to advisory levels tonight into Wednesday. Light winds. Calmest on South facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar & help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Hanalei Pavilion, Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sat Jan 31: advisory level NW swell Wed. and more NW swells this weekend.

updated: Jan 27, 2015 5:12AM

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 4-7 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 2-5 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 3 Kealia 1-4 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. fair
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 2-4 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Jan 27, 2015 5:12AM

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 12-16 ft.  
West 8-12 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.