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Surf HNL: Small-Group or Private Surfing Lesson (Ko'olina)

Oahu, United States

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When your ship pulls into Honolulu Pier, swap the wooden deck of a ship for the fiberglass deck of a surfboard, as you learn to surf or standup paddle during this Oahu shore excursion. You’ll learn about surfing etiquette and safety from professional, certified instructors, before hitting the waves as part of a private or small-group Oahu surfing lesson. If you’d instead prefer to stand up paddle in calm, tropical waters, you’ll quickly learn how to enjoy Hawaii’s fastest-growing sport.
  • 2-hour surfing lesson or stand-up paddleboarding lesson on Oahu
  • If you're surfing, choose wither a private or small-group lesson with no more than 4 students
  • If you're paddleboarding, enjoy a small-group lesson of no more than 5 students
  • Port pickup and drop-off included at Aloha Tower
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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1-hour surf lesson with a qualified instructor
Use of board and other necessary equipment
Wet suit and life jackets
Surf Gear: Reef shoes, surfboard, leash, rash guards
Experienced lifeguard, CPR certified instructors
Hotel pickup available from Aulani Hotel for an additional fee
Hotel pickup available from Four Seasons hotel for an additional fee.
Food and Drinks
Towels, Swimsuits, and Sunblock
Hotel Pickup available from Hampton Inn for an additional fee

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
On this popular Oahu shore excursion, learn how to surf and ride a wave like traditional ancient Hawaiians, who are believed to have invented the sport of surfing right here in these tropical islands.  

Set right on the beaches where surfing began, the class begins with instruction on the proper way to paddle your board and how to pop up to your feet. Your instructor takes care of all the equipment you’ll need for surfing on Oahu. If you’d prefer to paddle in flat water — rather than riding the waves — stand-up paddleboarding is another option. 

Your Oahu surfing lesson has three different options: A private 2-hour paddleboarding or surfing lesson, a 2-hour paddleboarding or surfing lesson in a small group that’s no larger than four students or a 1-hour paddleboarding lesson in a group of five students.

If you have kids (5 years and above), or are traveling with someone who has special needs, it’s highly recommended to choose the private surfing lesson for an added degree of attention. All participants must know how to swim, and since Oahu surf lessons are extremely popular, it’s also recommended to book well in advance.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Honolulu port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years for surfing lesson
  • Minimum age is 12 years for the stand-up paddleboarding lesson
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Surf HNL: Small-Group or Private Surfing Lesson (Ko'olina)?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Surf HNL: Small-Group or Private Surfing Lesson (Ko'olina).


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All of the experience was great...
Rosalind G
, Aug 2015
All of the experience was great, however, the pictures taken only provided a few of my granddaughter, photographer focused mainly on the other couple surfing with her.
Ian and Evan were great! My 14 year...
Mark M
, Dec 2013
Ian and Evan were great! My 14 year old son was up on the board and looking proficient in his first lesson. The photos taken by Evan came out quite good. My only complaint was that the GoPro videos were mostly too short and the only long one was evidently damaged when the CD was burned. Not an intentional problem, but would have liked the files on a USB or SD card instead so I could have checked them with a tablet.

Product code: 5031PRTHNLSURF

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