Use Kauai Surf Report for local ocean conditions and surf reports from Surf Line. Wind direction, tides, and currents are all factors in finding the perfect and appropriate spot for your level of surfing. Find Kauai Surf Reports from Hanalei, Anahola, Poipu and Kekaha Beach. Always check current conditions and Kauai Surf Report before heading out to any water activity.  Check with the locals or a county lifeguard for local conditions, hazards, and warnings.

Beach Safety Tips

  • Choose beaches with a lifeguard.
  • Before entering the water check with a lifeguard or any warning signs indicating hazardous conditions.
  • Rocks are slippery and waves can sweep you out into the ocean.
  • Huge waves can unexpectedly arrive in a calm ocean.
  • The location of rip currents and how to escape if caught in one.
  • Shore breaks can pound you into the sand causing serious injuries.
  • Reef breaks can hold you under water.
  • Crossing streams during and after heavy rains can be treacherous.
  • Avoid swimming during high surf.
  • Never allow small children to swim or play in the water unattended.
  • Never swim in murky water and never swim in 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.

How to Behave if Caught in a Rip Tide

If you find yourself caught in a current that you cannot comfortably make progress against, take these steps to stay safe:

  • Stay calm and don’t panic. Currents will generally not pull you under the water.
  • Conserve your energy. Regulate your breathing and minimize any erratic movement. Float on your back or front.
  • Even if the current moves you further away from shore, go with the flow rather than fight/swim against the current and become exhausted.
  • Signal for help by yelling towards the shore and waving your arms

Kauai Beach Safety