Major's Bay Surf

Kekaha, Hawaii

Major’s Bay or Waiokapua Bay is located on the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai. Access is off Hwy. 50 at the 30 mile marker.You must have a recreation pass, obtained annually through the military base, for access through the main gate. Majors Bay is approximately 1 mile west of the main gate. There is a parking lot, showers, restrooms and picnic tables. No Lifeguard on duty.
In the photo the island of Nihihau is seen faintly in the distance.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 8th, 2020. Surfrider Foundation - Kauai Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 9th, 2020 at 2:48 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Major's Bay Surf is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task force is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. The Kauai Surfrider Chapter samples water quality at 35 locations on a monthly basis.
The goal of Surfrider Kauai’s Blue Water Task Force is to provide water quality data to the public so that they can properly assess public health risk in determining where to enjoy our beaches and surf breaks. Data is also provided to Hawaii Department of Health and Federal EPA to assist in screening and monitoring recreational waters so that they can take action to improve public safety.
The Blue Water Task Force tests both marine and freshwater sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Results are compared to water quality criteria established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table. All water quality results are posted online for anyone to view or download at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Monthly reports are posted in the local newspaper, broadcasted on two local radio stations, and distributed via email and on social media. Results are also sent to Hawaii Dept. of Health and regional EPA.
When a site is marked Green, they have met the recreational water quality criteria (between 0 and 130 MPN/100 mL). When marked Red, results have exceeded recreational water quality criteria (above 130 MPN/100 mL). All data can be viewed at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Any additional questions about Kauai’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can also be addressed to Karl Berg, cberg@pixi.com.

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Major's Bay Surf

Kekaha, Hawaii

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on February 8th, 2020. Surfrider Foundation - Kauai Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 9th, 2020 at 2:48 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Major’s Bay or Waiokapua Bay is located on the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai. Access is off Hwy. 50 at the 30 mile marker.You must have a recreation pass, obtained annually through the military base, for access through the main gate. Majors Bay is approximately 1 mile west of the main gate. There is a parking lot, showers, restrooms and picnic tables. No Lifeguard on duty.
In the photo the island of Nihihau is seen faintly in the distance.

Monitoring Frequency

Major's Bay Surf is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task force is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. The Kauai Surfrider Chapter samples water quality at 35 locations on a monthly basis.
The goal of Surfrider Kauai’s Blue Water Task Force is to provide water quality data to the public so that they can properly assess public health risk in determining where to enjoy our beaches and surf breaks. Data is also provided to Hawaii Department of Health and Federal EPA to assist in screening and monitoring recreational waters so that they can take action to improve public safety.
The Blue Water Task Force tests both marine and freshwater sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Results are compared to water quality criteria established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table. All water quality results are posted online for anyone to view or download at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Monthly reports are posted in the local newspaper, broadcasted on two local radio stations, and distributed via email and on social media. Results are also sent to Hawaii Dept. of Health and regional EPA.
When a site is marked Green, they have met the recreational water quality criteria (between 0 and 130 MPN/100 mL). When marked Red, results have exceeded recreational water quality criteria (above 130 MPN/100 mL). All data can be viewed at go.surfrider.org/BWTF. Any additional questions about Kauai’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can also be addressed to Karl Berg, cberg@pixi.com.

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