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Kaua`i (Kauai), HI

Downwinders

North/Northwest Shores

Early Fall trades are good for east to west downwinders avg. E10-15 mph with E swell

  • Kalihiwai to Hanalei - approx 7-8 miles - paddle straight out of the bay to get lined up for the run to the west. Usually there is not enough N swell to cause too much trouble getting off the beach and out.
    • continue to Hā’ena - add 3-4 miles (you may have to thread a bit of line to avoid shore break coming in to Hā’ena - not a bad idea to have someone show it to you) parking can be limited at Hā’ena on popular days at the beach.
  • Out and Backs Hanalei Bay - go out far enough to get into east/west swell for laps or stay in the Bay and do laps riding the edge of the surf where you feel comfortable (if the swell isn't too big)
  • Na Pali Coast (course of the Na Pali race) requires a very long shuttle drive. One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. As it wraps around from north to west it depends on specific wind patterns - can be good the whole way or have a significant portion in a wind shadow making for slow paddling.

Southeast/Southwest Shores



  • Kalapaki (Lihue/Nawiliwili) to Kukui’ula (1 mile west of Poipu) - approx. 13 miles
  • Kukui’ula to Makahuena (Poipu Point) - approx. 9.5 miles
  • Poipu Beach to Port Allen - 9+ mi surf launch, harbor landing
    • or on to Salt Pond - (add another 1.5 mi) surf landing- usually during early fall not an issue due to more benign conditions. Only caveat is if a tropical storm is out there creating bigger S swells which means you're better off paddling on Northshore.

Downwind Run Ratings - Surfski Kauai

I = Intermediate, A = Advanced (Very general - varies with wind and swell)

RATINGFROMTOISLAND SHOREMILESHRS
ALLKalihiwaiHanaleiNorth82
ALLKalihiwaiHā’enaNorth123
I/AAnaholaHanaleiNorth184
I/AKalapakiPoipuSouth133
I/AKalapakiPort AllenSouth/West214.5
I/AKalapakiWaimeaSouth/West255
ALLPoipuPort AllenSouth82
I/APoipuSalt PondSouth/West102.5
I/APoipuWaimeaSouth/West123.5
A ONLYHā’enaPolihaleNorth/West285-7

Flatwater

  • Hanalei River - You usually can paddle upstream from Hanalei Bay around 2 miles before starting to get fairly narrow and shallow.
  • Wailua River - Paddle up to the Fern Grotto and/or The Swimming Hole

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  • Tom Bartlett - OC1 rental, guide
    • tombartlettkauai@outlook.com

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kauai.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/13 06:17 by preavley