I will be visiting Kauai with my husband for the first time in a week. I have many questions about peoples experiences so I'll just go through them as they come to mind:) First, I'm wondering about the beaches and their danger factor - I looked on this website that shows ocean conditions for various kauai beaches and last I looked some of the beaches had like a 12ft surf. What does this mean exactly? I think the lowest I saw was a 2-4 ft surf - is this safe? What is the maximum surf one should venture into? I really enjoy swimming and want to be able to go into the water at beaches where water is calm. Are there any beaches in particular that have water that has very little waves like a pool? If not, any more calm beaches that people can recommend?
Second, they also warn about rip tides, etc - how does one identify one from the outside of water ? Since I'm not experienced with these things, the only thing that would probably ever deter me from water is really high waves...but from what I am reading, one should not just rely on that.
Third, which side of the island is supposed to have off limit beaches this time of year - for the first week of march (I was confused because they always say stay away from one side for the winter and the opposite for summer - but what about for the month of march?)
Lastly, the beaches that have dangerously high surf, can one still go on to the beaches and walk around safely, even if they don't plan on actually getting into the water?
Thanks for the help!!