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Polihale ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.1

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Polihale Spot ID

 Polihale December 2010 photo


Photo credit: christie Thompson

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Photo credit: Rob Davies

Clean & Glassy, Polihale photo


Photo credit: Mike Stevens

Type: sandbar

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 25.0 °C

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Thursday, 17 January 2019, 14:00 Local time
Thursday 17
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 25
SW 25
W 5
WNW 25
Wind State cross cross-
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Polihale in Kauai is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for Strong rips.

Hawaii, United States wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Majors Bay, 8 km from Polihale.

IS AT (local time)

Polihale Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Barking Sands/Kauai Airport, 7 km from Polihale.

moderate winds from the SW

Moderate rain
Air temperature
25.0 °C

Current weather near Polihale

Buoy Data:

At Hanalei, Kauai, HI, 18 miles from Polihale.

  10AM 11AM 12PM 1PM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 2.0
Dominant period (s) 13 13 13 11

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Overall Polihale Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Town and city forecasts close to Polihale:


  • The closest passenger airport to Polihale is Barking Sands Pmrf Airport (BKH) in Usa Kauai Isl., which is 9 km (6 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Polihale is Lihue Airport (LIH), also in Usa Kauai Isl., 45 km (28 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Dillingham Airport (HDH) in Usa Oahu Isl., 169 km (105 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Polihale, HAW - Kaua'i. Use the tab navigation above to view Polihale sea temperature, Polihale photographs, Polihale detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Polihale webcams, current wind from HAW - Kaua'i live weather stations and Polihale tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Polihale.