updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:09PM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

Use caution on East & South facing shores. Potential for powerful surf & currents at exposed locations.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Moderate Easterly tradewinds and choppy Easterly wind-swell will take over as the primary ocean weather factor. Also, active small South swell pattern. Calmest at sheltered North shore spots like Haena, Kee. Brown water at many locations due to recent rains. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Kee, Haena, Hanalei, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Mon Aug 28: Small South swells through this week. Easterly tradewinds & choppy East wind-swell building mid-week.

updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:09PM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:09PM

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 1-2 ft.  
West 1-2 ft.  
South 2-4 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.