updated: Sep 02, 2015 8:25AM

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 EAST & NORTH FACING SHORES. Potential for powerful surf & currents around Kauai.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Watch out for active surf around Kauai today. North & East shores topping the surf heights in the 10-15' range. Expect powerful surf & currents at exposed locations. Unsettled weather and potential for heavy rain / flooding. Murky water at many locations. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar & help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Hanalei Pavilion, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Tues Sept. 8: powerful Northest swell shifting more West. More East swell from Jimena through this weekend. New South swell Thurs.

updated: Sep 02, 2015 8:25AM

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 8-15 ft. 5-15 kt. poor
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 6-10+ ft. 5-15 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 10-15 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 6-14 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 5 Poipu 3-7 ft. 5-15 kt fair
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 3-6 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 1-4 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Sep 02, 2015 8:25AM

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 2-4 ft.  
South 4-6 ft. view graph
East 10-15 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.