Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach

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From USD 179.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take to the waves at the famous Waikiki Beach during this private 90-minute surfing lesson. Learn how to paddle and pop up from your longboard, first on the sand, and then test your newfound skills in the Pacific. Already know the basics? No problem, you receive tailored instruction based on your skill level. Want to introduce your little one to the sport? This surfing lesson is great for kids too!
  • Private 90-minute surfing lesson
  • Learn how to surf on Waikiki beach
  • Practice the basics like popping up on dry land, then enter the water to put your new skills to use
  • Receive customized instruction
  • Choose from multiple start times

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Rash Guard rental $5
  • Lock rental $5
  • Photography - with advance reservations

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Big Wave Dave at Surf & Coffee
    226 Lewers St #154, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee CHECK IN - 20 minutes prior to lesson start time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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The private lesson is definitely the way to go if you get an instructor like Diana.
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Jami_P, Mar 2023
Awesome day, great and fun instructor. Loved the location and calm area we surfed - not crowded and got tons of waves
Need professional instructors
JoAnn_F, Dec 2022
Rude instructor that blamed my daughter for his watch falling off in the ocean. Then he lost his sunglasses and stated that this lesson cost him $400. Not very professional.
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David_S, Oct 2022
It was awesome. Me and my son had a great time and the instructors were very nice and friendly. My son surf for the first time and caught a few waves and stood up and and caught a wave.
It was GREAT! I'm an...
Qi_L, Aug 2022
It was GREAT! I'm an introverted person, but my instructor is super patient and encouraging and never over-talkative, which made me feel very comfortable. He was also excellent in teaching me how to surf-I managed to stand up in one try, and we caught at least six or seven good waves during the session. His surfing and swimming skills were also astonishing (said he started surfing at the age of 6). It's the best part of my vacation! Would definitely recommend it to every friend visiting Hawaii.
They are not helpful at...
Elizabeth_L, Aug 2022
They are not helpful at all in terms of cancellations especially I just booked it a few hours ago! They’re saying that they are strict in 48 hrs cancellation. How can a 48 hrs exist when I just booked it at 9:00 am and cancelling it at 1:00pm! Explain please!
Elaine_C, Aug 2022
We had Paulie as our instructor and we LOVED him! We live hours from the beach at home and now my son has asked for his own surfboard (don’t know how that’s going to work!). Anyway, thoroughly enjoyable few hours. Paulie was very patient, looked out for everyone and made sure we all had a great time. Thoroughly recommended.
Surfing with the best!
Osamudia_J, Aug 2022
Our surf instructors at Big Wave Dave were AMAZING. Knowledgeable, friendly, safe, and patient, they created the perfect learning conditions for the 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids) to learn to surf. It was an incredible experience for us out at Waikiki Beach that we’ll never forget!
Great surf lesson for first timers!
Jennifer_M, Aug 2022
Great instructors! They made it so fun! My kids were up on their boards after the first wave. They’ve only been surfing one other time. So the instructors are really great with beginners. A great way to end our trip! Mahalo
Perfect For Beginners!
Mathew_C, Aug 2022
Perfect for beginners! My instructor, Paul, was amazing. He was helpful, patient, supportive, and he loves his job. Highly recommend!
Great first lesson
David_N, July 2022
Every one there was just phenomenal people. They were so kind and welcoming. Didn't me feel like I didn't belong because I didn't know how to surf. I had Paul as my instructor and he was so excited when I actually did catch a wave. Definitely would recommend this place to get lessons to anyone.
Great instructor. Physically exhausting.
David_T, May 2022
Underestimated the strength it took to accomplish We had a great instructor who got my daughter up a few times and confident in surfing more. Fr a business aspect if you used jetskis to get ppl out to the area it would have been the perfect time.
Surfing in Hawai'i is a MUST!
Colette_K, May 2022
Such a fun activity and must try when in Hawaii! I couldn't help but not get on those waves, and finding Lee my private surf instructor was the right way to go! He was a pro, was helpful, calm and had me up on my first wave! COWABUNGA!
Fantastic experience
Diane_T, Apr 2022
We had a blast learning how to surf. Chris is a really good teacher, everything was super relaxed! We’ll be coming back in a few days just to rent some boards!
I’d skip this and rent from someone on the beach
Tricia_D, Apr 2022
You have to leave everything in lockers, including your shoes and then walk along the hot sidewalk and street to get to the surfing spot. We don’t have any pictures. Instructor was knowledgeable but not engaging.
Just do it!
Michael_R, Apr 2022
I surfed! Chris, Nick, and Lee were incredible teachers gave me the confidence to make it happen! Would definitely recommend!
So much fun!
Rebecca_O, Apr 2022
My instructor Troy was super chill, patient and friendly. The other instructors were awesome as well. I was able to stand on my board several times. Great experience!
Great experience, great instructor
Angela_B, Apr 2022
Chris was our instructor and he was FABULOUS! Super funny and great with my boys. He definitely knows what he's doing and loves his job.
Fabulous Experience!
Elizabeth_J, Feb 2022
This was, without a doubt, the best experience we had while on Oahu. I was so nervous before we started I honestly wasn’t sure of my own name! Chris and Paul were such fabulous instructors- we could tell how much they loved to surf and how much they wanted us to love it. We started with the basics on land, then walked to the beach and were in the water in about 30 minutes. I wasn’t sure my daughter and I would be able to do it, but they had us up on our surfboards and actually surfing in no time. Chris and Paul were so positive and encouraging - there’s no way you couldn’t accomplish something with them cheering you on. I’d like to bottle that up and take it home with me! Highly, highly recommend this.
Great instructor. Great lesson. Had a blast.
Joe_Y, Feb 2022
I was late and they were flexible with me. They had a locker available to rent. Now the lesson itself, the instructor was very knowledgeable and knew how to break it down for a beginner. While waiting, there was no awkward dull, he was very friendly and talked about what I was interested in. Lastly, I had a blast learning how to surf itself. If I lived here, I would have bought a board directly after the lesson. I can see how it can be addicting.
Hang 10
Mark_C, Dec 2021
Chris from Big Wave Dave’s was so friendly and great with the kids. He was patient and was an excellent instructor. He had them surfing in no time. The kids had a blast. I can’t recommend this place enough.