Big Island of Hawaii
Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Badge of ExcellenceKailua-Kona, United States
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket


It’s widely believed that the sport of surfing was invented here in Hawaii, and the calm waters of Kahalu’u Bay are the perfect spot to learn. During this private Kona surf lesson, you’ll learn from an expert, local instructor how to paddle and balance on the board, and how to stand up, ride the wave, and paddle back out for more. This tour is perfect for novice surfers or those with little experience, and by the end of this 2-hour surf lesson in Kona, you’ll have the skills to ride the waves like Hawaiian surfers of old. 
  • 2-hour private surfing lesson in Kona
  • Learn how to surf Hawaii’s famous waves safely
  • Enjoy personalized attention tailored to your skill level from a knowledgeable instructor
  • Practice the basics on dry land, and then enter the water to put your new skills to use
  • Reef booties and rash guard provided

What's Included

  • Soft-top Surfboard
  • Reef Shoes
  • Long-sleeve SPF Rashguard
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Kahalu'u Bay 78-6685 Ali’i Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Public parking and restrooms are located just 50 yards South of our surf shop at Kahaluu Beach Park. Guest should then walk over to our surf shop for check-in.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your private Kona surf lesson begins at a surf shop near Kahalu’u Bay, where you’ll meet your expert local instructor and get properly fitted with a board. You’re also provided with a rash guard and booties to protect your feet and your skin, before strolling across to the nearby beach for an intro lesson in the sand. 

Before you even enter the waves, you’ll learn the proper technique for paddling and where to sit on the board, and how to keep the board from flipping while paddling out towards the waves. Once in the water, your instructor will be there right by your side to help push you into the waves, and provide instructions on how to get from your stomach up to your feet. 

Unless you’re already an experienced surfer, your instructor will help keep you safe from waves that either too large or powerful — focusing instead on the smaller waves where it’s easier to get up and ride. If you have some experience and are trying to hone your skills, the instructor can help provide some tips for maximizing your time on the wave. 

Since every lesson is tailored to your skill level, this Kona surf lesson is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the waves, and see why everyone is completely hooked on surfing in Hawaii.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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29 reviews
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They are kind and patient with the kids
Jennifer_L, Aug 2023
The boys absolutely loved this - so much they wanted to surf again while on vacation. They were patient with the boys but kept them safe. Give at least 20 minutes to park and pay by mobile and walk to the surf shop. Then go snorkeling in the water as there are TONS of beautiful fish, sea turtles, and much more - don’t forget your snorkel gear!
Best part of the Trip
Jack_H, July 2022
Both of our kids (12 and 9) felt like this surf lesson was their favorite part of vacation. The instructors were great with kids and we felt like the safety was top notch. Do not miss this tour if your kids love adventure in the water!
Ready to surf it was so much fun
Holly_B, June 2022
Excellent first lesson in high surf. Taught in stages how to get up on board. Actual business (not from the back of a van).
surf lesson in Kona
john_m, Apr 2022
freindly staff, excellent instructor for a first time surfer….a super experience. efficient and on time
Lots of fun, well organized, instructors were great!
Chris_D, Mar 2022
Rory and Mer were our instructors, they were friendly, patient and very knowledgeable about the surf. They made the experience good to great. Definitely an amazing time and would recommend the sea and surf to anyone.
Great fun
Joel_L, Aug 2021
Very informal place with very experienced surfers. They couldn’t have been nicer or better teachers.
I purchased this lesson for my son, and...
James Kevin, Jan 2016
I purchased this lesson for my son, and this was the highlight of his trip. Susie, his instructor, was wonderful and took her time teaching him. My son was up and surfing in no time!

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