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Tunnels ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 4.1

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Tunnels break guidePhoto by: Brian Estevez

Tunnels Surf Guide

Tunnels in Kauai is an exposed reef break that has reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the south southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north. There are left and right breaking reefs. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips, sharks and rocks.

Tunnels Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
24.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tunnels:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tunnels occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Tunnels (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tunnels with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 31% of the time in January while 52% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
52%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
17%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tunnels Location Map

Interactive Tunnels surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Tunnels is Barking Sands Pmrf Airport (BKH) in Usa Kauai Isl., 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tunnels is Lihue Airport (LIH), also in Usa Kauai Isl., 36 km (22 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Tunnels Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 06:12 Local Time
Friday 26
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 3.5
E
3.5
E
3.5
ENE
3.5
ENE
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 25
E 25
ESE 25
E 25
E
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Tunnels

Surf stats for Tunnels, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Tunnels

Wind stats for Tunnels, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Tunnels. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: consistent
    7km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Tunnels: