updated: May 06, 2016 7:02AM

Kauai Ocean Report

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

No official advisories. Expect changing conditions & choppy surf on North & West facing shores later today.

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

Ocean Report Discussion

Incredible beach weather this am with light winds & mixed, small swells. North shores topping the surf heights in the 2-5' range. A front approaches Kauai from the West later today, bringing choppy, onshore conditions, rising surf, rain and breezy conditions into Sat. Always use caution - esp. when unfamiliar and help is a long way away. Recommended lifeguarded beaches: Kee, Hanalei, Kealia, Lydgate, Poipu, Salt Pond.
Outlook to Mon May 9: Northerly swell rising today. Easterly tradewinds & choppy wind-swell returning this weekend.

updated: May 06, 2016 7:02AM

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

Please ask lifeguards for best swimming locations.

updated: May 06, 2016 7:02AM

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 2-5 ft.  
West 1-4 ft.  
South 1-3 ft. view graph
East 1-4 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.