updated: Apr 21, 2018 11:28AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

Mixed swells around Kauai today. North shores topping the surf heights. Brown water advisory continues around Kauai.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

New NW swell rising to the 5-7' range today. Choppy Easterly tradewind swell in the 3-5' range. South swell in the 1-4' range, down slightly from Friday. Swimming is not advised at most locations due to brown water & contamination. No access to Haena. Na Pali coast state park remains closed. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: none.
Outlook to Fri April 27: active NW swell pattern into next week. Fresh Easterly tradewinds through the forecast. Less rainy.

updated: Apr 21, 2018 11:28AM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Apr 21, 2018 11:28AM

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 5-7 ft.  
West 1-3 ft.  
South 2-4 ft. view graph
East 3-5 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.