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Kailua-Kona, United States
Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island

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Overview

You’ll never forget the thrill of standing up and riding your very first wave, and the entire experience is made even better when shared with family or friends. With the small-group surf lesson on the Big Island of Hawaii, allow an expert, local instructor to teach you the basics of surfing, from the proper method of paddling out to how to stand up on the wave. Here in the waters of Kahalu’u Bay, your instructor will be there right by your side with tips and helpful suggestions — and may even assist with a little push to get you up and riding. 
  • 2-hour Big Island surfing lesson in Kona
  • Learn how to surf Hawaii’s famous waves safely with a knowledgeable instructor
  • Enjoy personalized attention tailored to your skill level in a group limited to either two or three people
  • Practice the basics like popping up on dry land, then enter the water to put your new skills to use
  • Surfboard, reef booties and rash guard provided

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Lessons feature either a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio, offering a personalized experience that can be tailored to your skill level.
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Departure Point

78-6685 Ali‘i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Kahalu’u Bay Surf & Sea 78-6685 Ali’i Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Return Details

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Your Kona surf lesson begins near Kahalu’u Bay, where you’ll meet your expert, local instructor at a surf shop across the street. Here you’ll begin by selecting a board and getting fitted for booties and a rash guard, which help protect your feet from the rocks and your skin from the tropical sun.

Once you’re set up with all your gear, head towards the waters of Kahalu’u Bay where you’ll learn some techniques on the sand, which include paddling, positioning, safety, etiquette and ways to select the best waves. You’ll even learn the proper way of what to do if you fall.

Next, strap on your leash and grab your board for the water part of your adventure, where you’ll slowly paddle out towards the waves with your instructor right by your side. Because this surf lesson is for small groups of only two or three people, you’re ensured the instruction is highly personalized and you’ll maximize your time in the water.

If you’ve surfed before, but still need some additional instruction on riding the face of the wave, the instructor can tailor the lesson around your specific set of skills. Beginners will stick with the smaller waves on the inside section of reef, whereas experienced surfers might venture farther out to the larger, more powerful waves. 

Either way, whatever your skill set or experience with surfing, this 2-hour Kona surfing lesson is one of the best activities on the Big Island, where the sun, salt and splash of the waves combine to create an outdoor adventure that travelers of all ages can enjoy. 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Available for ages 11 and up
  • Participant MUST know how to swim without the aid of a lifejacket
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.

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star-5
Great time for teens
AnnHoller_H
, Aug 2021
Kids had a great time. They had a lot of chances to practice and learn how to surf. Beautiful day … the only thing I would do differently is to make sure there was more sunscreen on the back of my kids legs. They got burned really badly and we were not prepared for that. But still lots of fun:)
star-5
Awesome surf lesson
Keenan
, Aug 2021
Awesome instructors who know the area and want to see you succeed. Would definitely recommend this service for anyone who want to learn to surf
star-5
Great Family Experience
Matthew_M
, Aug 2021
Unbelievable experience for my family. Lani, Kalani, & Ben were amazing surf coaches. Highly recommend!
star-5
My teenagers loved it!
Shana_O
, Aug 2021
My husband and 2 teenage sons had a great time. According to the 13 year old, the instructors were really good, helped them when they needed it, and set them up on some great waves. The only drawback was the long hike to the water with the boards, but it was a plan B as their normal spot was not getting swells, and we appreciated that they were able to do this rather than cancel the lesson.
star-5
Best time ever - Mahalo!
Steven_B
, Aug 2021
Thanks to Ben and Steve for an awesome experience. Both my kids had so much fun and can’t stop talking about the gnarly waves they rode thanks to excellent instructors.
star-5
Great Experience!
Josh_B
, Aug 2021
My son and I had a fantastic time. The instructors were outstanding and gave us the right knowledge a d advice to get us standing on our surfboards!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Time well spent
Denise_c
, Jul 2021
The beautiful water and the peaceful sound of surf. Great instructors. Can’t give them high enough ratings. Definitely recommend to others
star-5
Surfing first time ever.
Kimberly_R
, Jul 2021
Our guide was absolutely the best. He was willing to go that extra mile for the family. We will recommend this company to everyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
All-Around Phenomenal Experience!
Ann-B
, Jul 2021
Instructors Ben, Lani, and Joe were awesome! Safety was their priority, but also made it super fun and highly personalized. Their knowledge of surfing, the reef, and the waves really elevated the experience. Everyone in our group was able to surf pretty darn well by the end!
star-5
Great time!
eleilanic
, Jun 2021
Ben and Mike did a fantastic job teaching us the elementary skills needed for catching waves! It was our first time surfing, but in the environment we were in, we would love to attend another lesson when we visit Kona again.

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