updated: Feb 10, 2016 7:52AM

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 NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES. Large and dangerous NW swell. Watch out!

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Powerful Northwest swell is forecast to peak in the 35-45' range later today. This means dangerous, potentially damaging conditions at all shoreline areas on North & West facing shores. Calmest & best swimming on South facing shores. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond. Lifeguards have closed North & West shores for swimming.
Outlook to Tues Feb 16: warning-level NW swell through Thursday then declining.

updated: Feb 10, 2016 7:52AM

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 25-35 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 2 Hanalei 20-30 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 3 Kealia 1-4 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 4 Lydgate 1-4 ft. 5-15 kt. fair
life guard tower 5 Poipu 1-2 ft. 5-15 kt good
life guard tower 6 Salt Pond 1-2 ft. 5-15 kt. good
life guard tower 7 Kekaha 10-20 ft. 5-15 kt. fair

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: Feb 10, 2016 7:52AM

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 35-45 ft.  
West 20-30 ft.  
South 1-2 ft. view graph
East 2-4 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.