updated: Jan 25, 2020 11:27AM

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 & WEST SHORES. Rising surf and dangerous currents on N & W facing shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

North & West facing shores will rise rapidly to the 25-35' range later today-tonight. Watch out around the ocean at exposed locations. Lighter Easterly winds. Calmest on South and 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 Mon Jan 27: active large winter NW swell pattern. The current swell will build today and peak Fri. Another warning-level NW swell is forecast for Sat.

updated: Jan 25, 2020 11:27AM

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 10-25 ft. 5-10 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 10-18 ft. 5-15 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 1-2 ft. 5-15 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-2 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 8-12 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Jan 25, 2020 11:27AM

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 25-35 ft.  
West 17-25 ft.  
South 1-2 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.