Ocean and Beach Safety

We take ocean safety very seriously.  Make safety a priority when enjoying our ocean and beaches.

Big Surf

The North Shore of Kauai is known for its incredible surf and big swells.  Our shores face thousands of miles of open ocean.  When big swells come, the water gets dangerous.  Rogue waves appear even in calm conditions.  Look for warnings posted by lifeguards!  Conditions are constantly changing.  Daily and seasonal changes must be monitored closely.

Safety Tips

Here are good ocean safety tips from the locals:

  • When in doubt – don’t go out!
  • Keep your eyes on the keiki (children.)  Never let them out of your sight.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean, even in ankle-deep water.
  • Swim only at lifeguarded beaches. 
  • Lifeguards post warning signs.  Don’t ignore them!  Read them and heed them!
  • Waves come in sets.  It can look calm for up to 20 minutes between dangerous sets of huge waves.  Watch the water for 20 minutes before going in.
  • Hazards can exist in ANY coastal area, not just in the water. Be careful on wet sand and rocks.
  • Do not fight a rip current.  If caught in a rip current, keep calm, float, breathe, and don’t panic. Swim WITH the current, conserve energy.
  • Use the buddy system.  Never swim alone & know your limits.

When you put safety first, you will enjoy your time on the Garden Island and return year after year.  Kauai will become your home-away-from-home and you become part of the Princeville Vacations ohana (family.)  Be safe and enjoy!