updated: Oct 19, 2014 7:21AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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


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

Ocean Report Discussion

Dangerous conditions, powerful surf & currents, strong winds, potential for heavy rain & flooding today. Mixed South swell from Ana plus new advisory level Northwest swell. Watch out! Use caution in and around the ocean today. Many beaches closed due to these conditions. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar & help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: None.
Outlook to Sat. Oct. 25: swells peaking today-tomorrow then slowly declining. Smaller surf & nicer conditions next week.

updated: Oct 19, 2014 7:21AM

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 10-15 ft. 20-35 kt. poor
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 8-12 ft. 20-35 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 4-8 ft. 20-35 kt. poor
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 4-8 ft. 20-35 kt. poor
life guard tower 5 Poipu 6-12 ft. 20-35 kt poor
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 6-12 ft. 20-35 kt. poor
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 8-14 ft. 20-35 kt. poor

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Oct 19, 2014 7:21AM

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 10-15 ft.  
West 8-12 ft.  
South 6-10 ft. view graph
East 3-6 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

Printable Ocean Report

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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.