Kauai Beach Safety and Tips

Following the guidelines for Kauai Beach Safety is a great way to stay safe and enjoy your Kauai vacation. Learn from Kauai lifeguards and locals about beach safety, sun safety, and avoiding sunburns. Kauai Beach activities include swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boogie boarding, surfing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, camping, and much more. Always use caution and respect safety warnings when enjoying Kauai water activities. Signs and warnings are posted to keep you safe. Kauai’s beaches at times, are exposed to strong waves and rip currents can form without notice.

  •  Choose a Kauai beach with a lifeguard.
  • Before entering the water, check for any warning signs indicating hazardous conditions.
  • Avoid swimming during high surf or stormy conditions
  • Never swim alone
  • Never allow small children to swim or play in water unattended
  • Never swim in murky water and avoid river mouths
  • Never turn your back on the ocean; an unexpected wave can knock you down and drag you out.
  • Listen to weather and surf forecasts on local radio or check the surf report.

What to do if you get caught in a rip current.

  • Learn to spot currents and riptides and how to avoid them. This could save your life!
  • Swim out of the current, then to shore. Swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore.
  • If you can’t escape, float or tread water. You can easily float in the current, there is no undertow.
  • If you need help, call or wave for assistance – If there is large surf or shoreline hazards, wave your hands for help and wait for assistance.

Kauai Lifeguarded Beaches

Anahola Beach

Anahola Beach

Anahola, East Side
Haean Beach Kauai

Haena Beach

Haena, North Shore

Hanalei Pavilion

Hanalei, North Shore
Kee Beach Heena State Park

Ke ‘e Beach

Haena, North Shore
Kealia Beach Kauai Lifegaurded

Kealia Beach

Kealia. East Side
Kekaha Beach

Kekaha Beach

Kekaha, West Side

Lydgate Beach

Wailua, East Side

Pine Trees Waioli Beach

Hanalei, North Shore

Poipu Beach

Poipu, South Shore
Salt Pond Beach Lifeguard

Salt Pond Beach

Hanapepe, West Side