Surfing - 1 on 1 Private Lessons - Waikiki, Oahu

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From USD 130.89

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


During your Oahu vacation, enjoy a comprehensive 2-hour surfing lesson near Waikiki with a private instructor. Your professional surfing instructor provides instruction and equipment fittings in the comfort of the deluxe Mercedes van. When ready, hit the beach for a short lesson on land followed by further instruction in the water. Learn to paddle out and stand up on the board, or take your surfing skills to the next level if you know the basics. Photos and video are available for purchase, and hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Private Waikiki surfing tour
  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Family friendly
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Professional instructor
  • Transportation to and from designated meetings spots in Waikiki, and certain hotels outside of Waikiki. Exact pickup location and time will be emailed to you by the supplier
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • A safe place to store your belongings
  • All necessary equipment including rash guard, reef shoes, and surfboard
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available for purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 2699 Kalākaua Ave
    2699 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Your pick up or meet at instructions will be emailed to you directly from Ohana Surf Project at least 24 hours before your lesson time.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We offer free pickup from Waikiki from our four standard pickup locations 10-45 minutes prior to your lesson time: (1) Ilikai Hotel (2) Ambassador Hotel (3) Don Ho Lane Van Depot (4) Hyatt Regency For customers staying at the Ala Moana Hotel, Hale Koa Hotel, Kahala Hotel and Resort, The Ritz Carlton or The Trump Hotel, we may be able to arrange a special pickup closer to the hotel with a notification call or email at least 24 hours in advance. If either the customer or accompanying guest has a handicap or injury and needs to arrange a special pickup, please call or email us with 24 hours notice and we are more than happy to come directly to your hotel.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A private lesson can accommodate any age or skill level.
  • If any participants have medical conditions or injuries please advise the staff ahead of time
  • Please come prepared for the lesson by wearing your bathing suit, bringing a towel, and making sure to apply sunscreen ahead of time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • If you are prone to seasickness, you may want to take a remedy you are accustomed to using about an hour before the lesson (talk to your doctor for recommendations).
  • All of our written materials are also available in Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. We will do our best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee, Japanese, Korean, Spanish or Chinese speaking-instructors without enough advance notice.
  • Complimentary transportation is available from select locations in Waikiki. Exact pick-up location and time will be emailed to you by the supplier. If you do not receive these details 24 hours prior to your lesson, please contact Ohana Surf Project.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.

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89 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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And a wave we go
DougKerzner, Jan 2023
Getting up on the first wave was an awesome experience. The conditions were great and staff extremely excited to be in the water with us.
10 out of 10 experience
Leah_S, Jan 2023
It was my first time surfing and the whole team made it a great experience. Especially Mark my coach he was awesome and had me up and riding waves in just a few attempts. All in all I couldn’t be more happy with choosing OSP to take me out on this adventure!
5 🌟
Victoria1792, Dec 2022
Excellent customer service. My daughter has a great time. They had someone taking pics and video so go ahead and purchase all the memories. Would do this again.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed taking Gabrielle out for a lesson! We're so glad to hear she had a great time, we look forward to seeing her out in the water again soon! Lots of aloha from all of us!
Fun time!
Mark_A, Dec 2022
Kay was a really good instructor, very relaxed which made me relaxed. The hardest part was actually paddling out. It’s so tiring, but once you stand up, it’s all worth it!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
It was a pleasure teaching you! We look forward to surfing with you again next time. A big mahalo to you. Aloha from all of the team!!
Great time!
Randal_P, Dec 2022
This was a great experience! I highly recommend if it’s your first time surfing. It’s one on one and they make sure you get up and get the best experience. They also take lots of pics and video you can purchase afterwards!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Randal!! It was a pleasure teaching you and Carter! We look forward to surfing with you all the next time. A big mahalo to you and the family. Aloha from all of us :)
Awesome experience for...
Sandra_H, Nov 2022
Awesome experience for our 11 year old grandson. If time had permitted would have done the full 2 hours. Would do this again and highly recommend!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Mahalo Sandra! We enjoyed Luke's lesson and hope to see him back in the water with us one day!! Lots of aloha from the OSP crew!
Cole was an amazing...
Jennifer_H, Nov 2022
Cole was an amazing instructor! I felt safe the whole time, and I had so much fun. I would highly recommend. The whole team was great. The pictures were awesome. Even got to see a sea turtle while surfing.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Aloha Jennifer! Thank you so much for surfing with us and sharing your experience! It was truly a pleasure to surf with you, and we hope to see you again soon! Lots of aloha from the ‘Ohana team!
Don’t miss out
Davion_B, Oct 2022
Overall awesome experience! I lifeguard at a pool in north coastal Oregon and have wanted to try out surfing for years. My family and I finally took a cruise to Hawaii (my 50th state) so I scheduled a surfing lesson right away. The instructors at Obama Surf Project were awesome. I was able to work closely 1-on-1 with a very experienced instructor and was getting tips from other instructors out in the water. Everyone was rooting you on and were very happy when you made any improvement.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much, Davion!! So glad that you were able to try out surfing, and we hope that you can continue it! One of our instructors actually learned to surf in Oregon :) Keep going, and come back to see us soon! Aloha!
Wonderful Ohana
Connie_B, Oct 2022
My Ohana Surfing experience was terrific! The one-on-one coaching made it possible for me to catch numerous waves and improve my surfing skills. I'd highly recommend them.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Mahalo for the review, Connie!! We loved teaching you, and we're so happy that we could help you improve your skills! Keep going, and we hope to see you again soon! Aloha~
Hands down best place to learn how to Surf!!
Nikki_A, Aug 2022
If I could have everyone surf I would!!!!! I instantly was in great hands when they came to pick us up and once we were paired up with our instructor I felt so comfortable and ready to learn! Nick literally pushed me knowing my limits and was very assertive that I had a great time! He was able to help me fix and give me tips on anything I was doing wrong to me make me better! Nick was such a great instructor and I can’t wait to come back to Hawaii and do it alllll over again!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your review, Nikki!! We're so stoked that you found us and that you had a great experience with Nick! We hope you and Crystal feel inspired to continue surfing so that we can see you back out in the water when you come back to Hawai'i!! Aloha~
Lucas_W, Aug 2022
Just plain awesome. Instructors were very knowledgeable and I had a blast. Definitely want to keep surfing now.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Yes Lucas!! We're stoked that you found a love for surfing, so definitely continue! Keep going, and we hope to see you back out in the water! Aloha from everyone at OSP!
Surfing from 0 to 60 in one class!
Uriel_R, Aug 2022
This class was awesome! I loved it. Our instructors, Chelsea and Matthew, were very professional and courteous. They made the class easy and very enjoyable, all while helping us progress and looking out for our safety. I probably will do this tour again. They also get very cool footage when you can the waves, this was a relieve since I was not going to loose my GoPro. I just would like that the tour price included the videos and photos instead of paying for it separately. It’s an amazing tour, you’ll love it.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your review and your feedback, Uriel!! We're happy that you had a fun experience with Chelsea and Matthew, so we'll send them your love! It was a pleasure having you and Marisol, so we'd love to see you out in the water again!! Aloha~
Surfs Up from DC
APRIL_S, July 2022
The instructor was patient and knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend him again. The tour was organized and all instructors were patient and fun to be around.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Mahalo, April! We're so glad that you and Muhammed had a great experience! Aloha!!
Fantastic Day of Surfing Lessons
Keith_P, July 2022
Absolutely loved my day of surfing lessons. I’m exhausted from the paddling, but it was so much fun. All of the teachers were super friendly and helpful - coaching their private and cheering on other students along the way. The surfing spot was wonderful. I felt safe the whole time, but still got the excitement of surfing out in the ocean. I’ll be back for additional lessons on future trips.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Keith, we're so happy that you had such a lovely experience! Paddling can definitely be exhausting, but it's so worth it! Keep surfing, and we can't wait to see you back for more!! Aloha from everyone at OSP~
Great for kids!
Amanda_B, June 2022
Great experience for our 10-year-old kids. 1-1 instruction and they stayed in the water a long time.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
We're so glad that the kids had a wonderful time, Amanda!! Much aloha from us!
Ohana surf project is the best!!
Brian_K, June 2022
Wow. Jacob and Jenna were amazing! Great instructors. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate surfer, they'll make sure you have an excellent experience.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Mahalo for taking the time to write us a review, Brian!! We're so happy that you and Isabel had a great experience with Jena and Jake! We'll definitely send them your kind words. Aloha from all of us at OSP! :)
Amazingly Fun Experience
Leila_S, June 2022
This lesson for our kids (12 and 6) was a total success!!! They have had few ocean adventures. The Ohana Surf group is exceptionally well organized and managed. The instructors are top notch, and we were so pleased with the precautions they took to keep our youngest one safe. The kids had a GREAT time. We could not have asked for a better first surfing experience.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Leila, we're stoked that the kids had a great experience and that you appreciate our teaching methods and organization! Mahalo for trusting us with your children and taking the time to write a review. We hope that they can continue surfing so that we can see them back out in the water again soon! Aloha from all of us at OSP!
Super fun and the...
AshleyAnne_D, May 2022
Super fun and the instructors were very informative and fun. They are very safe and organized! Would come here again. 10/10
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you so much for your review, Ashley! We're so happy that you felt safe and had a fun surf sesh!! We'd love to see you back again soon. Aloha from the team!
Great Experience
btsa2003, Apr 2022
My two daughters had a wonderful one-on-one private surf lesson. Their coach Tim and Kai were very nice. They taught them a lot of skills and took nice photos and videos. Thanks!
Do it!
Ryan_C, Mar 2022
I had the best time. Everyone was so nice and helpful. They got great pictures. My instructor Kevin was especially awesome. Such a delight!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Mahalo Ryan!! We're stoked that you had a great time with Kevin and the team. We hope that you can continue surfing in Jersey or wherever is closest to you! Aloha from all of us~