updated: Nov 29, 2015 8:42AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH & WEST SHORES. Potential for powerful surf & currents on North, West & East shores.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Powerful Northwest swell in the 15-20'+ range. Lifeguards have closed North shores for swimming. Also, choppy East wind swell affecting all East-exposed locations. Brown water at many locations due to rain, but generally clearer today. Calmest on South shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Sat, Dec 5: active Northwest swell pattern through the upcoming week. East winds & choppy wind swell.

updated: Nov 29, 2015 8:42AM

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 15-20+ ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 15-20 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 3 Kealia 4-8 ft. 10-20 kt. poor
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 4-8 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-3 ft. 10-20 kt fair
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-3 ft. 10-20 kt. fair
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 8-12 ft. 10-20 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Nov 29, 2015 8:42AM

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 15-24 ft.  
West 12-18 ft.  
South 1-3 ft. view graph
East 4-8 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.