There are few things more iconic to the Oahu experience than catching and riding a wave, and with this surfing lesson at Ala Moana Beach, you can learn to 'hang 10' with a professional instructor while paddling out in the sun. This beach is just minutes from Waikiki, and options range from private lessons to those in a very small group, with lessons available in morning or midday — whatever works best with your schedule.
1- or 2-hour surfing lesson at Ala Moana Beach, from Waikiki
Learn to surf while visiting Hawaii, where the sport originated
Practice paddling and popping up on the beach before entering the ocean
Surf some waves while your instructor coaches you in the water
Soak up fantastic views down the coast to Diamond Head more than 20 miles away
Choose to take a small-group lesson limited to four people per instructor or a private one-on-one lesson
Includes round-trip transport from Waikiki
Surf gear such as reef shoes, surfboard, leash, long-sleeved rash guard
Wetsuits and life jackets
1-hour surf lesson
Never more than 4 students/instructor
Experienced lifeguard, CPR certified instructors
Transportation available for selected hotels
Food and drinks
Towels, Swimsuit, and Sunblock
Meeting And Pickup
71 Ala Moana Park Dr
71 Ala Moana Park Dr, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Meeting point is at the volleyball court.
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
The Oahu surf lesson begins when you’re picked up from your Waikiki hotel, and are driven over to Ala Moana Beach just minutes from Waikiki. This is where you’ll meet your surfing instructor, who will get you fitted with the proper size board and gear you might need for your lesson. Since this tour is limited to only four people, you’re ensured a small-group, personalized experience. You can also upgrade to a private lesson, if you wish.
The surfing portion begins on the sand, where you’ll learn the proper spot to lay on the board and how to efficiently paddle, as well as the basic etiquette of surfing and how to duck under the waves. You’ll practice beginner techniques on land, and also learn how the history of surfing has roots right here on Oahu. Having run through the basics up on the sand, grab your board, strap on your leash, and begin paddling out towards waves that gently roll towards the shore. Your instructor will be there right by your side helping push you into the waves, and will offer tips for how to stand up, how to fall down and how to steer on the wave.
When your Oahu surfing lesson is finished, you’re transported back to your Waikiki hotel to rest your weary arms, and reflect on what you could do better next time — since you’ll definitely want to go again.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 12 years for group bookings
Minimum age is 5 years for private bookings
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Operated by Surf HNL
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.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 39 reviews
Marga_M, Nov 2022
We had a fantastic experience! Loved our Surf Instructor and how great the kids did surfing. We would do this again and we highly recommend it.
Christopher_K, Sept 2022
Justice was very professional and knowledgeable and got me off to a great start. He showed me how to choose a good wave, figure out where they would break, and pushed me to help me up to speed.
Surfing lessons, five people, 01272022
Ana_H, May 2022
These guys were AWESOME! I grew up boogieboarding in Cali and wanted my teenage nieces and nephews to have a similar experience while we were in Hawaii. We had a BLAST! They provided the boards and the knowledge, and we all had such a great experience. Definitely recommend.
Emily_G, July 2021
This was amazing! I stood up on the first wave! Great instructors! One-on-one help and guidance. The Ala Moana location is great, the waves are just right for beginners. The instructors were friendly and helped us in the water. It was so much fun!
Great surfing Instructors
Gabe_d, July 2021
Nate and the rest of the team were awesome. My kids enjoyed having them as their instructors. My kids were up and surfing within 10 minutes
Bryant_H, June 2021
Great time as a family! Very nice staff and also accommodating. Picked us up from our lobby, made great conversation, and pointed us to some fun activities while we're here.
Joseph_L, June 2021
Nate and his buddies are all amazing.My husband and 2 daughters really enjoyed the whole experience very friendly and accommodating to our needs
Amazing life long memories!
Brenda_W, June 2021
Sam and Ridge made this experience turn from fun to amazing! They are rock stars that did everything to make this surf session just amazing. So much so we booked again! This is hands down a must try!
Jacqueline_M, June 2021
Nate made sure to give us an amazing experience!!! Picked us up and dropped us back off, provided all of the gear, and actually got us surfing!! My hubby stood up on his board on his 2nd wave! Would definitely recommend!
Margo_N, May 2021
The instructors were really awesome and super helpful! It was one of the coolest things I’ve done in Hawaii! Highly recommend!
Kailey_J, Apr 2021
This lesson was absolutely amazing. The instructor, Nate was superb! I would definitely recommend this company for your lesson!
Chad_W, Mar 2021
Great experience, the instructors are super nice and helpful. Our whole group was able to get up and ride waves. Very safe and professional. Great time!
Shannon H, July 2018
Instructor was very helpful! I got up a few times and had a ton of fun, would definitely recommend this company.
My 17 yo daughter had an amazing...
Lisa T, Aug 2015
My 17 yo daughter had an amazing experience during her 2hr surf lesson. There were two instructors to only 2 guests so they ended up with private lessons. The water was not overly crowded and the waves were perfect for a first lesson. Given her athletic background she rode may waves and loved surfing. She appreciated being towed out to catch waves by her instructor too saving more energy for surfing. My only regret is that they didn't get any photo's and only 2 very short video's. they were too far out from shore for me to get any either. Overall I would highly recommend using Surf HNL. Aloha!
Customer service was excellent. My...
Rob A, Aug 2015
Customer service was excellent. My friend and I both had our own personal instructors, who were super friendly. I would definitely recommend to those interested.
I was nervous for the lessons but...
Mary R, June 2015
I was nervous for the lessons but this was a very organized and safe setup. The instructors were great and made it even more fun. Definitely a must do!
This was a very nice experience...
Wilhelmina G, Mar 2015
This was a very nice experience. Instructor and helper were awesome. Patient, friendly service. Great views. Comfortable location. Would certainly recommend to others.
This was fantastic. There were three...
Karly, May 2014
This was fantastic. There were three of us and we had two guides to help us and they were great. The water was perfectly calm so it made it easier to balance once up. They were very cruisy so we could take our time and stop and swim if we wanted to. Highly recommended.
Girls Who Surf is a great company to...
Holly F, Oct 2013
Girls Who Surf is a great company to go surfing with for the first time! I and one other person were in the semi-private class, meaning there was plenty of attention for both of us from our instructor. He chose a good spot for us to start with enough waves to actually surf on but not so much that we'd get swamped on our first attempts.
We spent several hours out on the water getting a feel for what we were doing, how to paddle and balance and plenty of other nuances. Our instructor was very friendly and easy-going and was very encouraging. He happily answered any questions we had and kept up conversation while we were hanging out waiting for waves.
Pick-up and drop-off were both timely and very convenient. The equipment we used was in great condition and sized well for us.
All in all, a great company for first-time surfers!
Awesome instructors. Really fun. An...
David C, Aug 2013
Awesome instructors. Really fun. An experience we can't get on other vacations and was worth every penny. Myself and my 11 year old son did this and he said it was the best part of the trip.